UAS/UAV (drone) Noise Analysis in Pelagic Water off the Main Hawaiian Islands.


Thank you for your support.  I hope this study will help fill in the current gaps in research to allow researchers and filmmakers to use drones to learn more about the marine mammals and the environment they inhabit.

I have purchased the necessary materials and recruited a classically educated Marine Biologist to assist with the technical aspects of this study. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved please reach out.  All updates to this project will be found on this page. 

The more funding this project receives the longer we will be able to conduct the study to see how ambient ocean noise changes over time.  It would also enable us to purchase more hydrophones to see how drone noise is received at different depths during individual tests and/or test multiple locations and angles at the same time.

I also want to make it very clear that this is the first Uheheu research project.  Uheheu is NOT a non-profit orgranization and your donation is NOT tax deductible. 


Jordan Lerma

Links to Current UAV/UAS (Drone) Research Studies:

Development and Use of UASs by the National Marine Fisheries Service for Surveying Marine Mammals

Unmanned aircraft systems as a new source of disturbance for wildlife: A systematic review

Noninvasive unmanned aerial vehicle provides estimates of the energetic cost of reproduction in humpback whales

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Surveying Marine Fauna: A Dugong Case Study

Assessment of known impacts of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on marine mammals: data gaps and recommendations for researchers in the United States.

Noise Levels of Multi-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with Implications for Potential Underwater Impacts on Marine Mammals

Aerial and underwater sound of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

An Economical Custom-Built Drone for Assessing Whale Health