Drone to Image Chapin Beach

Photo Courtesy: GOOGLE Earth

Photo Courtesy: GOOGLE Earth

DENNIS – The town of Dennis and the Cape Cod Commission will be flying a drone to collect images over coastline and marsh at Chapin Beach beginning Sunday.

The unmanned aerial vehicle will be flown from the intersection of Taunton Ave and Dr. Bottero Road to Chase Garden Creek to gather topographical information before erosion occurs from winter storms. Dr. Bottero road is damaged each year from winter storm erosion.

Earlier this year, the commission was awarded grant funding from NOAA to conduct public outreach on coastal resilience and the imagery will be used as a baseline for future impacts from coastal storms.

The small UAV will be flown by a certified FAA pilot and visual observer between 200 and 400 feet above the ground. Operations will have proper FAA, state and local authorizations. The personnel will have signs, radios and safety vests during the flights.

Any identifiable individuals captured by the imaging will be digitally removed during editing of the dataset.

Flights are expected to be conducted through December 9 depending on the weather.

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