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Unmanned Airborne Systems Development

NBC News, 20 February 2015,” Eco-Drones Aid Researchers in Fight to Save the Environment”, Linda Carroll quoted Christopher Zappa on the use of airborne drones to gather in situ measurements in scientifically important settings too challenging for ships and aircraft. 

 
Vision Systems, 12 January 2015, “3D robot vision, UAVs, medical imaging, imaging Jupiter”. One of the “snapshots” in new technology featured Christopher Zappa’s incorporation of hyperspectral cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles to study ocean and sea ice variability in the Arctic.
http://www.vision-systems.com/articles/print/volume-20/issue-1/departments/snapshots/humanoid-robot-employs-3d-imaging.html
 
CBS News, 24 November 2014, “Underwater robot allows scientists to map uncharted Antarctic sea ice”, Michael Casey quoted Christopher Zappa on the use of UAV to collect data in extreme environments such as polynyas in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/underwater-drones-map-the-antarctic-sea-ice/
 
Headwall, 9 October 2014, “Headwall Delivers Micro-Hyperspec® Sensors to Columbia University”. This Press Release highlights the use of UAS borne hyperspectral imaging in the Air-Sea-Ice Physics and Biogeochemistry Experiment (ASIPBEX) led by Christopher Zappa.
http://www.headwallphotonics.com/press-releases/press-releases-blog/bid/356708/Headwall-Delivers-Micro-Hyperspec-Sensors-to-Columbia-University
 
TED, 19 November 2013, “Bird’s-eye science: What we’re learning about the planet using aerial technology”, Brooke Borel reports on Christopher Zappa efforts to shrink IcePods’ tech to fit small drones for ice formation mapping.
http://ideas.ted.com/birds-eye-science-what-were-learning-about-the-planet-using-aerial-technology/
 
Climate Central, 8 September 2013, “Drones Find New Purpose Studying Arctic Ice Melt”, Suzanne Goldenberg, quoted Chrisptopher Zappa on the use of UAV in research.
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/drones-find-new-purpose-studying-arctic-ice-melt-16413
 
The Guardian, 27 August 2013, “Drones proving useful in polar regions to study the melting of the ice”, Suzanne Goldenberg interviewed Christopher Zappa on the use of UAV in Antarctica and Greenland.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/27/drones-polar-melting-ice-antarctica-greenland
 
 
Gulf Oil Spill
CBS Nightly News Exclusive, Friday, 28 May 2010, “Infrared Over the Oil Spill”, Armen Ketayian interviews oceanographer Christopher Zappa of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University to discuss the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill as seen through an infrared camera.
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6528543n&tag=contentMain;contentBody
 
CBS Nightly News Online, Friday, 28 May 2010, “Scope of Oil Spill Seen through Infrared Camera”, Armen Ketayian interviews oceanographer Christopher Zappa of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University to discuss the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill as seen through an infrared camera.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/28/eveningnews/main6528464.shtml
 
The Record, 28 June 2010, “Experts Predict Active Hurricane Season, With Potential Impact on Gulf Oil Spill” by Eric Holthaus and Clare Oh. Interviews with experts including oceanographer Christopher Zappa of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
http://news.columbia.edu/record/2068
 
Scientific American, 15 July 2010, “How Will a Hurricane Affect the Oil Spill?” by David Biello. Lamont-Doherty oceanographer Christopher Zappa explains what hurricane-force winds may do to the Gulf spill. 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-will-a-hurricane-affect-gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill
 
Icepod
The Guardian, 27 August 2013, “Flying low over Greenland, Icepod tracks changes in the ice sheet” Suzanne Goldenberg reported on the field  and an accompanying video features footage of the group at work in the field and comments by Robin Bell, Nick Frearson, Kirsty Tinto, and Christopher Zappa.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/27/icepod-greenland-melting-sheet-radar