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Learn to use drones for field data

DroneCamp in Monterey County offers lessons in person and online.

Pamela Kan-Rice, Assistant director, news and information outreach, UCANR

May 22, 2024

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Drone discussion
Becca Fenwick of UC Santa Cruz leads a discussion of different drone models.UCANR

Want to learn how to use drones to map and collect field data? DroneCamp 2024 will be held at California State University, Monterey Bay in Marina on June 24-28. For people who cannot attend in person, there is also an online option available.

No experience is necessary. Training will accommodate beginners as well as intermediate users who want to learn more advanced flight, data processing and analysis skills.

Now in its eighth year, DroneCamp is a five-day short course covering everything you need to know to get started using drones for mapping and research. The curriculum covers equipment, safety and regulations, flight planning, manual and autonomous flight, photogrammetry, data processing, data analysis, data management and research talks.

New for 2024 is a concurrent track for educators. Within these breakout sessions, instructors will present topics and methods for teachers developing drone programs, and will discuss drone technology, safety culture and remote-pilot code of conduct.

DroneCamp is led by a team of 21 instructors from University of California, Merced, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Lakeland College, American River College and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Hands-on experience

Participants attending the presentations in person will get hands-on experience in flight workshops, where they will have the opportunity to:

  • Fly a variety of drone platforms

  • Directly engage with instructors and other participants

  • Expand their networks

  • Gain access to all the software used throughout the week

  • Explore the iconic Monterey Bay Area

Light refreshments, daily lunches and a Monday evening dinner social are included with in-person registrations. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements as housing is not available through campus.

Registration for in-person classes will close on June 5 or when capacity is reached. The registration fee is $1,200 for in-person participants, $700 for academics and students, and $120 for virtual participants. To register, visit https://bit.ly/DroneCamp2024.

For more information, see the agenda at https://dronecampca.org/2024-agenda, watch video highlights from 2023 or contact [email protected].

Source: University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

About the Author(s)

Pamela Kan-Rice

Assistant director, news and information outreach, UCANR, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

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