NSF funds “Next-Generation Riverscape Mapping and Monitoring”

The NSF-EAGER program has recently funded the project “Next-Generation Riverscape Mapping and Monitoring” for $300,000. This project is lead by Co-PI Mark Fonstad and River Group alumnus James Dietrch (UNI), and is being primarily managed by postdoctoral scholar Aaron Zettler-Mann. The goals of the project are to develop and test new river monitoring and mapping approaches that can map riverwide variables at high resolution with open or off-the-shelf tools at relatively low cost and reduced labor. The project is focusing on instrument suites on two different platforms — our research cataraft as well as a new open-source drone boat that can be operated by remote control or can be pulled behind another boat.