The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change has acquired an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, better known as a drone, to further its environmental research and monitoring. Such devices are enabling new ways of working, increasing efficiency, reducing costs and minimising impacts within established and emerging sectors.
The drone was launched from our Europa Point Campus yesterday with the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & and Climate Change, Dr John Cortes and the Minister with the responsibility for the University, Gilbert Licudi QC in attendance.
The significant global growth in the robotics and autonomous systems market over the past five years has established drones and their applications at the forefront of technological developments. They are particularly suited to environmental work. These developments are seen by the Government and the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & and Climate Change, Dr John Cortes as presenting a key opportunity to be utilised.
Dr John Cortes commented, ‘Having this technology available will allow us to monitor and record our heritage better, especially our natural heritage, and to keep a closer eye in particular over marine life, such as whales and dolphins and the factors affecting their conservation. It is a huge step forward in how we look after our natural environment, both on the land and in the protected seas which make up British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.
Data from these efforts will continue to be developed into further geospatial products that will be provided via the HM Government of Gibraltar geoportal which can be accessed at www.geoportal.gov.gi