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USGS conducts ground-penetrating radar survey to map peat

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USGS recently tested ground-penetrating radar (GPR) on a drone for mapping peat thickness and extent. This work is part of a collaboration with Florida Atlantic University to study and locate large carbon gas emissions from peat soils in the swampy wetlands of the Everglades in Florida. The study is exploring the use of airborne GPR to map gas accumulations in the peat through repeat measurements with a drone over time and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

In this photo, the GPR system is the white box mounted on a hexacopter, a type of drone or small uncrewed aircraft system (sUAS). The drone is on a road that runs through the wetlands. The recent surveys were conducted by the USGS Water Resources Mission Area and New York Water Science Center.

Everglades Water Conservation Area 2, Broward County, Florida


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USGS/Cian Dawson