Drone Applications for Environmental Management in Urban Spaces: A Review

David Gallacher


Options for environmental management have improved dramatically over recent years. Sensors for air and water pollutants, and subsets of the elec­tromagnetic spectrum, have become smaller, cheaper, and more bundled into comprehensive units. Aerial sensor platforms have also expanded in the form of low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (micro-drones), but their use in popu­lated spaces is increasingly restricted for safety and privacy reasons. This arti­cle discusses potential applications of drones for use in environmental moni­toring and management of urban spaces as well as the potential risks. Applica­tions better suited to an Internet of Things approach include those in which frequently repeated or continuous measurements are needed from a location proximal to existing infrastructure. Surveillance applications are likely to move to higher altitude drones with better safety and security systems. The main niche for small drones is difficult to access spaces under which there are few to no people, but this still includes many potential applications.

Full Text: PDF


  • There are currently no refbacks.


Indexed in:

This is an ‘Open Access’ Journal published under a creative commons license. You are free to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work as long as you clearly attribute the work to the authors For more information click here. Published by:

Suite 24 - 797 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON K1R 6R3