The October 25, 2015 Issue of Bloomberg Businessweek has an article entitled “Mapping America’s Disgusting Waterways”. The article described how Google is helping the non-profit Freshwater Trust map and photograph rivers in America. The non-profit is using Google Trekker to take the same type of imagery that is captured for roads in Google Streetview. Once the imagery is captured in the field, it is used in the office to assess river conditions. The craft that cares the Google Trekker also captures other sensor data inlcuding water tempature and the level of oxegon in the water.
This is an awesome example of how sensor platforms, remote sensing, and GIS are being solved to help analyze and solve real world problems. Very cool!