WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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campus, near the observatory (see accompa- nying image). Equipped to sense light waves beyond the range of human vision, the drone, in a measurement known as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, identifies areas with high potential photosynthesis (the green- and blue-shaded sections), versus the low areas where levels of nutrients and water might be limited (the yellow- and brown-shaded sections). "It's really rewarding in class to analyze our own drone data as well as data for all of North America using the same methods," Griffith says. Similar drone analysis has been utilized in biology laboratory classes seeking to study the extent of algae bloom in Lake Waban and in astronomy classes to canvass the earth's lower atmosphere. Drones are also proving effective in study- ing and critiquing landing and delivery func- tions. Catia Confortini is an associate professor C O U R T E S Y O F A L D E N G R I F F I T H 55 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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