12 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JANUARY 2017 FEATURE • Larger data volumes; • High temporal sampling density; and • Higher spatial sampling density. Although the benefits include acqui-sition of repeatable, safely acquired, and relatively inexpensive data, there are challenges to managing the huge amounts of information that are gener-ated. These issues are being addressed by the development of sophisticated data management programs, much the same as in other segments of the indus-try (see Rumbles, September 2016). In addition to the confluence of regu-latory changes and advancements in equipment technology, the miniatur-ization of sensors for detecting various constituents is contributing to the use of drones for water resource and water treatment work. Methane and ethane sensors are small enough to put on a drone, and anything amenable to remote sensing could be accomplished by a Figure 1. Thermal infrared imaging. Courtesy Ron Bell, Aerobotic Geophysical Systems LLC.
RMW January 2017
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