Game of drones

Traffic Drones Credit: Shutterstock

ANDRATX Town Council has taken a leap into the future by employing drones to help study the water currents around Sant Elm.

The aim is to create a heat map of temperatures in the crystal clear waters off the laid back resort, in order to try and avoid proliferations of unsightly green algae that sometimes bloom in the area.

A four-day analysis has been conducted, with the flying robots employed during the hottest hours of the day, since these coincide with the greatest densities of phytoplankton.

The data was then used to create a statistical photometry and time series of the fluctuating water temperature.

These will be used to determine the optimal placement of mechanical pumps which the council hope can be used to push the algal blooms away from the beauty spot.

The council has already determined that the green colour does not signify a drop in water quality or increase in organic matter following a recent chemical study, after concerns were raised that the municipality may lose its cherished blue flag status.


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