Skywatch

This is a series of stories of how remote sensing technologies examine or are proposed to examine the environment of the Great Lakes region.

Recent Stories

Bill that bans drone hunting likely to pass in November

This story is part of Great Lakes Echo's 'Skywatch' series (UAV Photo: APV Hovershots)

LANSING – Bills that would prohibit people from using drones to shoot wildlife and harass legal hunters likely won’t be taken up until November. But little opposition has arisen and proponents expect them to pass. Two Michigan senators on the Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee sponsored the bills – SBs 926 & 927 – which the Senate approved 38-0 on Sept. 24. The bills, sponsored by Sens. Continue Reading →

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Animated satellite data shows record-setting Great Lakes ice

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The longest period of ice cover in the Great Lakes officially ended on June 6 – much to the relief of everyone who suffered post-traumatic stress from last year’s harsh winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] recently released a year’s worth of Great Lakes surface temperatures. The animation at right shows ice cover and temperature for one day each month of the year. The one below shows the same information for every day of the year. In the 40 years of collecting data there hasn’t been ice cover that has lasted this long, said Anne Clites, physical scientist for the NOAA. Continue Reading →

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Photo Friday: Satellite view of ice melting on Lake Baikal

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Russia’s Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds more freshwater than all of the North American Great Lakes. This shot featured on NASA’s Earth Observatory was taken from the International Space Station on April 22. Much of the lake is covered with ice. The brightest point reflects the sun from where the ice has begun to melt, according to NASA.   Continue Reading →

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State, university officials and entrepreneurs waiting for drone industry take-off

Knowing the remaining battery life on a drone is key, especially when operating over water. (Photo: Hovershots APV)

The status of using what are also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – UAVs -commercially is in a holding pattern after a federal judge ruled last month that the Federal Aviation Administration had no authority to issue a $10,000 fine against a Virginia drone pilot.

That set off celebrations in the drone community that were short-lived. Continue Reading →

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