Biloxi, MS— The Secretary of State’s Office and the Department of Marine Resources, in conjunction with the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University, have successfully completed the mapping of Deer Island by drone footage.
In a press conference today at Schooner Pier in Biloxi, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller unveiled this multi-faceted project.
“Mississippi State University is the leading drone program in the country,” says Secretary Hosemann. “We were thrilled for them to test their research while also providing a great product for Mississippi- footage of the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. We want Mississippians to stay ‘one more day’ on the Coast and we hope this footage shows yet another reason for visitors to enjoy what we have available every day.”
“Utilizing an unmanned aerial vehicle to collect information about the island is a valuable tool that will assist the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in managing this important resource,” Miller said. “We are proud to partner with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Mississippi State University on this project that will benefit all those who visit Deer Island.”
A series of multispectral images were taken to create high resolution visible maps, vegetation maps, and 3D point clouds for habitat analysis. In addition, several flyover videos of the island were taken to provide context for the mapping, as well as to promote the island.
“The Geosystems Research Institute was delighted to assist the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office in promoting Deer Island and to assist the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in studying and monitoring it,” says Dr. Robert Moorhead, Director of the Geosystems Institute at Mississippi State University.
“We consider these to be the first steps in a process to establish state of the art film and photography of the treasure of the coast – our barrier islands and tidelands marsh,” states Secretary Hosemann. “This also establishes a baseline for future aquaculture and storm protection.”
The footage of Deer Island will be available on the Secretary of State’s Office website and Department of Marine Resources website.