What a drone video can reveal about your bluff

Concerned shoreline property owners typically want to know:

  1. Is my home at risk? 

  2. Is my neighbor's home at risk?

  3. Which areas of the bluff are most likely to be a problem?

  4. What can be done to reduce or mitigate my risk? 

Here's an example of what can be discovered with Aerial Whidbey's infrared camera. Double Bluff is known for its frequent slips, slumps and slides. The infrared image highlights the healthy plants that are holding the soil, but also shows the lack of vegetation at a recent land slip. Compare to the other image as recorded by a typical camera. Now watch the video for context. Can you see other places where there have been recent changes to the bluff? 

Most of the near-vertical surface of Double Bluff lacks trees or dense vegetation, which makes it easy to see where change has happened, and where change is likely to happen.  At many other shoreline properties, the trees and dense vegetation make it more difficult to see the current state of a bluff, and to estimate the probability of a future land slip, slump or slide.

Aerial Whidbey has found that detailed videos (both typical and infrared) by a hovering drone close to a bluff reveal more than snapshot images from any other source (satellite, airplane). As the drone flies in a scanning pattern along a bluff, a professional observer can identify the native and non-native plants, see more of the bluff below the trees and bushes, and develop an estimate of the rate of change and the probability of an event that may harm a property or its occupants.

Why wait?  Useful information can be obtained in any season, weather permitting.