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“When ocean scientists visit the beach they pack more than sunscreen and a towel — they pack drones. Researchers show in a new study that drones can be used to cheaply and accurately monitor the movement of water in the surf zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The drones provide a new way of documenting the movement of plant and animal plankton, sediments and pollutants, including spilled oil, near the shore.”

Read more: http://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2014/12/16/scientists-use-drones-monitor-surf-zone/