Shoreline drone imaging

Michigan Sea Grant’s Extension educator Martha Gerig lands a drone along the Manistique coastline. Gerig serves as a citizen scientist for the Manistique area and began collecting images via drone last autumn. Drone images are also being captured along shorelines in South Haven and Chikaming Township.

SOUTH HAVEN — Nearly 400 communities in Michigan are located in coastal areas. Two of those areas in Southwest Michigan – South Haven and Chikaming Township – are part of a two-year Michigan State University study that will detail how erosion and changing weather patterns are changing Michigan’s shoreline communities.

The monitoring program, developed by MSU’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and Remote Sensing and GIS Research and Outreach Services, and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), seeks to survey shoreline residents in six different Michigan coastal communities and train volunteers to collect detailed drone imagery of critical coastline segments in each of those communities.