Evaluation of Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UASs) as an Alternative Data Collection Platform for Monitoring Marine Mammals

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Funding Opportunity ID: 316787
Opportunity Number: P19AS00240
Opportunity Title: Evaluation of Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UASs) as an Alternative Data Collection Platform for Monitoring Marine Mammals
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Information and Statistics
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.945
Eligible Applicants: Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-NPS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Posted Date: Jun 06, 2019
Close Date: Jun 17, 2019 This is a notice of intent to award to Duke University. Applications will not be accepted from any other entity.
Last Updated Date: Jun 06, 2019
Award Ceiling: $49,917
Award Floor: $45,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $49,917
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: A. Project Goals ¿ To develop methods to evaluate unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS, aka drones) as an alternative data collection platform for monitoring marine mammals including harbor seals, sea otters, and their habitats in Glacier Bay National Park (GLBA) and Wrangell St. Elias National Park (WRST), Alaska, to facilitate long-term population monitoring and to improve the safety, integration, and efficiency of future data collection efforts. B. Project Objectives ¿ i. To determine appropriate UAS platform and sensor combinations, develop sampling methods, and conduct surveys to collect digital imagery of harbor seals, sea otters, and their habitats including glacier ice. ii. To produce a written evaluation including a peer-reviewed publication that compares UAS platforms and occupied platforms for monitoring harbor seals, sea otters, and their habitats including glacier ice. iii. Based on the results of the above evaluation, select the most appropriate UAS platform and sensor combinations to meet current needs, and collaborate with NPS to produce a set of standard operating procedures that describes methods for using UASs to monitor marine mammals in GLBA and WRST.
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