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Toxic Algae Bloom Management

Critical Infrastructure

Customer: Government of Japan

To ensure the safety of public drinking water

As average temperatures around the world continue to rise, so are the occurrences of toxic blue-green algae blooms in drinking water reservoirs. Blue-green algae are microscopic single-celled organisms found naturally in all types of water. While algae use sunlight to make food, in nutrient-rich high phosphorous and nitrogen environments, algae multiply quickly. This formation of toxic surface scum can create significant public health risks.

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NDVI image of blue green algae

The government of Japan is engaging Swift Tactical Systems to monitor its parks and public water reservoirs.

The Swift Approach:
Swift is utilizing its flagship unmanned aerial vehicles with transitional vertical take-off and land (VTOL) capabilities to monitor blue-green algae blooms in hard to reach areas. Having the VTOL capability enables researchers to monitor long snaked reservoirs, rivers, waterways in mountainous regions, and steep terrain with 30-degree inclines. These types of missions have been nearly impossible to accomplish before now.

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uas ndvi toxic algae bloom monitoring

Improving Ecosystem Health:
Swift’s team of water quality and environmental experts are diligently working on finalizing their analysis and developing an actionable roadmap of Japan’s ecosystem. Upon completion, government officials will be able to make informed decisions about managing Japan’s water supply.

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