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Glacier along waterway
Aerial image of glacier along waterway / Image credit: Eric Saczuk

As part of a global community of “Citizen Scientists,” BCIT’s Dr. Saczuk offered RPAS expertise and training to group of researchers who are measuring the effects of increasing temperatures in the arctic.

In his Antarctica research travels, Dr. Eric Saczuk met many like-minded people committed to studying the effects of climate change in the world. One such person was Sunniva Sorby, whose Hearts in the Ice (HITI) foundation provides “a platform for social engagement connecting students, scientists, manufacturers, environmental organizations, and all who care about the health of our planet, in the conversation around climate change.”

Thermal aerial image of glacier along waterway.
Thermal aerial image of glacier along waterway / Image credit: Eric Saczuk

Eric contributed expertise and training in using RPAS to map the coast for one of HITI’s Citizen Science research projects. His role was to investigate the application of RPAS with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor to map the surface temperatures of a glacier in Svalbard, Norway. HITI plans to measure the effects of increasing arctic temperatures on the glacier over the span of 12 months.

Read more about Eric’s engagement with HITI in the BCIT News article, “BCIT Researcher Using Drones to Study Climate Change in Norway,” and in Canadian Geographic, Hearts in the Ice: Drone Technology.


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