Tracking Fluorescent Dye Dispersion from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Sensors (Basel). 2021 Jun 5;21(11):3905. doi: 10.3390/s21113905.


Commercial unmanned aerial vehicles continue to gain popularity and their use for collecting image data and recording new phenomena is becoming more frequent. This study presents an effective method for measuring the concentration of fluorescent dyes (fluorescein and Rhodamine WT) for the purpose of providing a mathematical dispersion model. Image data obtained using a typical visible-light camera was used to measure the concentration of the dye floating on water. The reference measurement was taken using a laboratory fluorometer. The article presents the details of three extensive measurement sessions and presents elements of a newly developed method for measuring fluorescent tracer concentrations. The said method provides tracer concentration maps presented on the example of an orthophoto within a 2 × 2 m discrete grid.

Keywords: UAV; camera; dispersion; fluorescein; fluorimeters; rhodamine.