Lucas Rabins

Lucas Fredrick Rabins
  • M.S. in Geography
  • Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences


Coastal Geomorphology, Remote Sensing, Citizen Science


My research interests involve using drone imagery and photogrammetry techniques to create 3D models of coastlines used by communities to make data-driven coastal management decisions. My current project is focused on establishing a coastal change monitoring network in the great lakes utilizing citizen scientists as drone pilots collecting aerial imagery of coastlines. We use this imagery to generate products such as orthomosaics and elevation models which are then disseminated back to the community to drive coastal management policy. By utilizing community members as drone pilots, not only are we able to rapidly survey dispersed geographic areas in response to shoreline change events, but we aim to increase awareness and engagement in coastal management by involving the community directly in the monitoring process.