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Edinburgh Researchers Use Drones to Map Retreating Andes Glaciers


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A glacier in the Andes mountains.

University of Edinburgh researchers are using drones to capture images of some of the tallest glaciers in the Andes Mountains.

Credit: Rosie Bisset

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. are using drones to capture images of some of the tallest glaciers in the Andes Mountains as they retreat, the result of climate change.

The researchers worked with a company called Skytech Aerial to develop a drone with the necessary sensors that could handle the high altitude.

The team used data collected by the drones to create a three-dimensional (3D) digital model of the Llaca glacier in Peru.

Said Edinburgh's Rosie Bisset, "We can compare this to 3D models that were collected in previous years in order to tell us how the glacier's structure and size is changing."

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