From the bottom of acid lakes to up in the sky, autonomous vehicles are changing the way scientists view and study Earth.
An unmanned aerial vehicle provided the high-resolution data that allowed scientists to construct their first detailed map of erupting vents at Stromboli, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
A novel aquatic drone ventured into highly acidic waters to test the feasibility of remotely exploring and surveying hazardous volcanic lakes.
In the Arctic, drones and tethered balloons can make crucial atmospheric measurements to provide a unique perspective on an environment particularly vulnerable to climate change.
As climate change reshapes the Earth's polar regions, scientists turn to drone-mounted cameras to measure sea ice. One expedition found out that flying drones near Antarctica isn't easy.
The competition aims at improved health and understanding of Earth's oceans by spurring teams to devise better robotic technologies for seafloor mapping and exploration.
Scientists will soon be able to call on a community fleet of unmanned aircraft systems to perform environmental studies.
In June 2014, the Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) Alvin, the world’s first deep-diving sub-marine dedicated to scientific research in the United States, celebrated its 50th anniversary.