High-Performance and Miniature Greenhouse Gas Sensor for Drone-based Remote Sensing
Project Innovation + Advantages:
Northeastern University will develop a miniaturized laser-based gas spectrometer to address the three critical technical challenges (size, weight, and power) associated with the state-of-the-art drone-based N2O monitoring without compromising sensing performance. The team will leverage commercial and industrial drones to demonstrate high temporal and spatial resolution remote N2O monitoring suitable for large agricultural lands. The sensor will have an accuracy rate of ~1 ppb with a sampling rate >20 Hz, operate under low power (1 W), and fit in the palm of one’s hand, weighing <400 g. The proposed system will improve drone flight time by 50%.
Efficiently monitoring N2O emissions from agricultural lands will provide actionable insights to the agricultural and energy sectors.