GUS has recently worked in collaboration with Surf Life Saving Western Australia to implement a drone monitoring program aiming to boost the lifesaver patrol's ability to spot a range of hazards including rips, swimmers in distress and marine life as part of the as part of the State Government's Shark Mitigation Strategy.
GUS worked with the Timor Leste government to establish a topographic baseline along the Comoro River which runs through the nation's capital in Dili. Driven by a construction boom, the river is the focus of much sand and alluvial mining, the magnitude of which the government wishes to understand and reconcile in the future.
Another great collaborative project leveraging GUS' drone expertise and Murdoch Unversity's quest for ground-breaking marine research. It was fantastic to work with the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU) to develop an innovative approach to measuring the body condition of whales.
This ground breaking research recieved global news coverage including this article published in the Australian and the video of a white whale calf in the video link below.
Dr Fredrick Christian has also gone on to publish a study on the noise impact of drones on whales, with findings suggesting that the underwater noise effect from drones is small, even for animals close to the water surface.
GUS has partnered with Swimming WA to provide drone coverage at its Open Water Swimming Series 2016/2017. The competition consists of 14 rounds in metro and regional locations throughout the summer.