Check out this just published paper by Johnny Ryan and others (citation included below) about using a fixed wing UAV system to map albedo on the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Here is a photo of Johnny prepping one of his gliders for deployment:
Ryan, J.C., Hubbard, A., Box, J.E., Brough, S., Cameron, K., Cook, J.M., Cooper, M., Doyle, S.H., Edwards, A., Holt, T., Irvine-Fynn, T., Jones, C., Pitcher, L.H., Rennermalm, A.K., Smith, L.C., Stibal, M., Snooke, N., 2017. Derivation of High Spatial Resolution Albedo from UAV Digital Imagery: Application over the Greenland Ice Sheet. Front. Earth Sci. 5. doi:10.3389/feart.2017.00040
My name is Lincoln H Pitcher. I am a graduate student in the Department of Geography at UCLA. My research focuses hydrologic and cryospheric systems and interfaces with emerging ground, air and spaceborne remote sensing and geospatial technologies. I aim to use these emerging technologies to enhance understanding of remote and logistically inaccessible places. My current research focuses on both Greenland and Arctic Alaska.