In recent years several rapid development in technology and in the public perception on drones (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems or UAV/UAS) have changed the landscape of mapping, monitoring, and understanding the aquatic environment. As a consequence now it is possible to map and monitor, at the same spatio-temporal scale, the processes that we want to understand from an aerial perspective.
IHE Delft has a more than 5 year experience in the use of drones for various applications in the hydro-environmental application and IAHR is the leading professional association in this sector.
This Special Issue of the IAHR magazine Hydrolink showcases the application of drones in a variety of case studies. Linked to this is the imminent creation of a Working Group on the use of drones in hydro-environment research, under the auspices of IAHR and IHE Delft.