College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 05:35:05

Major

Geology

Honors Course

Honors Project: 3370: 497-002; 497-003

Number of Credits

5

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

This project aimed to develop a methane sensor for deployment on an unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, platform. This design is centered around low cost, commercially available modular hardware components and open source software libraries. Once successfully developed, this system was deployed at the Bath Nature Preserve in Bath Township, Summit County Ohio in order to detect any potential on site fugitive methane emissions in the vicinity of the oil and gas infrastructure present. The deliverables of this project (i.e. the data collected at BNP) will be given to the land managers there to better inform future management and planning. Despite showing initial promise, further work is needed to fully assess the utility of this system. Beyond this application, the proposed system has implications for the crowdsourcing of air quality data collection due to the low cost and commercial availability of hardware components and the open source nature of any necessary software.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Shanon Donnelly

First Reader

Dr. Linda Barrett

Second Reader

Dr. Hunter King

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. John Peck

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