It’s been talked about it for years, but this could be the summer the city’s fleet of drones takes to the sky. Drones are already being used to monitor the beaches following a shark attack or shark sighting in California. In Australia, lifeguards have added a mega phone to give audible warnings.
The University of Hawaii at Hilo is employing drones to track the impact of rising sea levels on Hawaii Island shores. Ryan Perroy, assistant professor of geography and environmental science, said the unmanned aerial vehicles are being used to get a bird’s-eye view and create three-dimensional images of shorelines at Hapuna Beach, Kapoho and Honolii.