Project looks into how drones can predict spread of wildfire

A University of Missouri researcher is teaming up with scholars in Kansas and Georgia to develop drone technology to monitor and potentially predict the spread of wildfires.

The $1.2 million research project that began last month aims to use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to collect real-time data and send the information to firefighters to help contain wildfires, the Columbia Missourian reported.

“Currently, the (nation’s) firefighting, or fire management system, is not very effective and efficient,” said University of Missouri professor Ming Xin. “One of the main issues is we cannot predict where fires spread” …

Associated Press | Jan. 20, 2019

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