Using Drones To Fight Climate Change

From more intense wildfires to prolonged droughts, climate change is impacting the ecology of the American West. That’s got researchers in our region looking at a new way to fight some of these impacts: drones.

Adam Watts is a fire ecologist and professor at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada. We’re looking at a video from a recent prescribed burn in Utah.

“And now, pretty much the whole screen is filled with alternating fire and black from the smoke and it’s really a hellish, otherworldly scene,” Watts says, pointing at the screen.

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