A taste of the future? A drone reports on Nebraska's drought

UNL's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Workshop, which took place in June.

UNL's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Workshop, which took place in June.

From the blog at Nebraska's Drone Journalism Lab:

"Nebraska is seeing a drought worse than the Dust Bowl drought of the Great Depression. The least amount of rain fell on the state this summer since records were kept in 1895. From the ground, dead lawns and distressed trees show the drought up close. But the view from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle nearly 400 feet off the ground provides a perspective on just how wide spread the drought’s impacts really are."

Matt Waite and his students at the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, have been working hard this semester on applying drones to journalism and news reporting. With the help of the university's NIMBUS Lab (Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems), they were able to put together a good first example of a journalism investigation using drones. They also back up their reporting with climate data, which adds some excellent context.

Here's the YouTube video they've produced on the drought:

Posted on November 6, 2012 .