Airborne Research and Innovation

Airborne Research

ARI supports research across multiple disciplines employing a wide range of sensors on both manned and unmanned aircraft.

ARI supports a very wide range of scientific applications with a diverse inventory of sensor types and platforms.

From incredibly high resolution imagery at relatively small spatial scales, through to landscape and regional measurements, our fleet of both manned and unmanned aircraft aim to support measurements that shed light on the natural processes that shape our world, and to provide understanding that will allow us to live sustainably within our environment.

Our measurement capabilities currently include:

The applications of airborne sensing are extremely diverse, but a number of the areas in which we commonly work are briefly outlined below. Please do contact us to find out more or to discuss how Airborne GeoSciences might support your research.


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Land Atmosphere Interactions

An aircraft  flying over a research tower
Combining high frequency meteorological and chemistry measurements we are able to study the processes that exchange energy, moisture and trace gases between the land surface, vegetation and the atmosphere.

Forest Health and Productivity

Forest trees viewed from above
Airborne sensing provides a means to study the health and productivity of forests and very high spatial and temporal resolution, and to monitor the impacts of human activity on these vital ecosystems.

3D Imaging

A 3D point cloud of Griffin Forest, near Aberfeldy, using images acquired by light aircraft
Structure From Motion (SfM) software allows us to use overlapping photographs from either manned or unmanned aircraft to generate 3D models, images and point clouds.

Atmospheric Monitoring

View from an airplane cockpit in the air, showing skies, green landscape and a rainbow
With in-situ gas analysers and samples collected in flasks or bags, we are able to support studies of regional atmospheric chemistry and air mass evolution.

Changing Ecosystems

A flux tower in north wales viewed from an airplane
Across the world, natural ecosystems are being subjected to change in various ways, be it through direct change in land use or changes in local climate. Airborne sensors provide a unique set of tools to help study these changes.

Coastal and Marine Systems

Seal colony at Holy Island viewed from above
Our manned and unmanned aircraft can be used to study and monitor our changing coastlines and the life they support.

Precision Agriculture

A drone flying above an agricultural field for research
Airborne sensing provides new tools for precision agriculture, reducing costs and environmental impacts.