By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
A team led by Nebraska university scientists has won a grant to develop aerial drones.
These drones could collect water samples from lakes, streams and ponds.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of more than $956,000 will provide funding for three years. The team is headed by Carrick Detweiler and Sebastian Elbaum, who are professors of computer science and engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They're working with experts from the University of California, Berkeley.
Amy Burgin is an assistant professor with UNL's School of Natural Resources who is working on the drone project.
According to Burgin, the drone could open new opportunities in water study.
Burgin said the team wants to send the drone "to places that humans can't necessarily get to."