Probably the best thing about the years-long delay in getting these videos online is that I get to immediately tell you how the story ended. Before we left West Virginia, we gave all of the thermal images that we had captured to Research Scientist Paul Kinder. He took them back to his lab in order to perform the more detailed analysis which would prove whether or not this approach is actually viable.
Spoiler alert – it is! Based on the outcome of our work together, Paul added drones and FLIR thermal imaging cameras to his toolbox, and restoration on the Shavers Fork has continued. So, the next time someone tells you that drones are only good for launching missiles and spying on your neighbors, you've got one more example that shows how they can make positive contributions in the world.