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Crowdsourcing the Analysis of Drone/Aerial Imagery for Disaster Damage Assessments

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More than 30 million coconut trees were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This has had a devastating impact on local livelihoods. To make matters worse, the rotting trunks of uprooted coconut trees has let to an infestation of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, which is destroying the remaining healthy trees in some areas. So the Humanitarian UAV Network (…


Added by Patrick Meier on December 1, 2014 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

UN Experts Meeting on Humanitarian UAV/Drones

The Humanitarian UAV Network (…


Added by Patrick Meier on November 3, 2014 at 6:58am — 1 Comment

Piloting MicroMappers: Crowdsourcing the Analysis of UAV Imagery for Disaster Response

UAVs are increasingly used in humanitarian response. We have thus added a new Clicker to our MicroMappers collection. The…


Added by Patrick Meier on September 9, 2014 at 2:26am — 8 Comments

Airchaeology in Turkey: Taking Archaeology to the Skies


Setting up our Ground Control Points (GCPs) to improve the precision of the imagery. In the background, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey.

It isn’t every day that we get to fly drones over one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Thanks to our intrepid partners and hosts, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York…


Added by Patrick Meier on September 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Official UN Policy Brief on Humanitarian UAVs

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Cross-posted from iRevolution…


Added by Patrick Meier on August 26, 2014 at 11:29am — 11 Comments

"TripAdvisor" for UAV/Drone Travel

The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) promotes the safe and responsible use of UAVs in humanitarian settings. As noted in the network's Code of Conduct, knowing national and local UAV laws is an important aspect…


Added by Patrick Meier on August 12, 2014 at 5:14am — 1 Comment

Common Misconceptions About Humanitarian UAVs


Superficial conversations on the challenges and opportunities of using UAVs in humanitarian settings reveal just how many misconceptions remain on the topic. This is admittedly due to the fact that humanitarian UAVs are a relatively recent innovation. There are of course legitimate and serious concerns around the use of UAVs…


Added by Patrick Meier on July 22, 2014 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

Using UAVs for Community Mapping and Disaster Risk Reduction in Haiti

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Cross-posted from…


Added by Patrick Meier on July 16, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Live: Crowdsourced Crisis Map of UAV/Aerial Videos for Disaster Response

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The first version of the Humanitarian UAV Network's Crisis Map of UAV/aerial videos is now live on the Network's website. The crowdsourced map features dozens of aerial videos of recent disasters. Like social media, this new…


Added by Patrick Meier on July 15, 2014 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

UK Guardian article: Drones are Already a Game-Changer for Disaster Response

My article on Humanitarian Drones/UAV's:

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Lawmakers need to ensure their new regulations do not run counter to the humanitarian imperative. Photograph: CorePhil/DSI

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capture images faster, cheaper, and at a far higher resolution than satellite imagery. And as John DeRiggi speculates…


Added by Patrick Meier on June 4, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

FAA Grounds Missing-Persons Search Group


A Texas group that searches for missing people is fighting a Federal Aviation…


Added by Patrick Meier on April 7, 2014 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

Welcome to the Humanitarian UAV Network

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The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) is now live. Click here to access and join the network. Advisors include representatives from 3D Robotics, AirDroids, senseFly & DroneAdventures, OpenRelief, ShadowView Foundation, ICT4Peace Foundation, the United Nations and more. The website provides a unique set of resources, including the most…


Added by Patrick Meier on April 2, 2014 at 4:59am — 4 Comments

Humanitarians Using Drones/UAVs for Post Disaster Recovery in the Philippines


I recently connected with senseFly's Adam Klaptocz who founded the non-profit group DroneAdventures to promote humanitarian uses of UAVs. I first came…


Added by Patrick Meier on March 26, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Grassroots Drones/UAVs for Disaster Response in the Philippines


I was recently introduced to a new initiative that seeks to empower grassroots communities to deploy their own low-cost xUAVs. The purpose of this initiative? To support locally-led disaster response efforts and in so doing transfer math, science and engineering skills to local communities. The "x" in xUAV refers to expendable. The initiative is a partnership between California State University…


Added by Patrick Meier on March 24, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

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