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Drones for Justice: Rainforest Conservation and Protection by Local Communities in Borneo, IndonesiaFeb 28 This expedition aims on mapping rainforest with an extraordinary high biodiversity. The remote area is subject to anthropogenic disturbances large scale logging, mining and oil palm plantations. Indonesian spatial planning process actually gives locals a chance to influence spatial plans. The key is the locals need to provide maps proving that the forest are still exist and they need to provide that the forest is conserved and protected through the customary system sustainably. The locals need to obtain the status of “customary forest” in order to protect the remaining forest. Conventional participatory mapping might take months in remote areas, using drones is way more efficient and more accurate. Scientifically, UAVs as a method to conduct participatory mapping and to monitor land-use-changes provides a promising methods and arena for further research. Technically, very-high resolution geo-referenced map will be developed through methods of using UAV to take aerial images of the forest, then developed into maps and legal documents for the local communities. Educationally, training in mapping forest using UAVs Communities, NGOs and government agencies is believed to give community strength to support their on-going efforts in protecting the forest, thus promoting environmental and social justice. We will explore the geographical heart of Borneo in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The area is covered by some of the last remaining primary rainforests worldwide, that harbors an extraordinary high biodiversity and local communities that depend on it. We use UAVs for aerial mapping, showing the importance and the beauty of this ecosystem.
My mission is to reduce blue whale death by ship-strike in the Indian Ocean. I want to use standard survey methods to verify habitat models that tell us where the whales are most at risk from ships, add photos to our Sri Lankan Photo-ID catalog that will enable us to estimate numbers of whales in this unique population, use an OpenROV to investigate areas where whales spend time to see what they might be doing at depth and to see what other species they may interact with, and take all of you - to the mystical Indian Ocean!
Here is a map of the period before the Volkerak Locks were established. A very windy and watery area directy connected to the sea but leaving the water away in your head (in the ice age period completly dry) you can imagine that a settlement in some sort of valley (the statue was found on 8 meters depth) where a settlement might have been.
The project will commence what is hoped will become an annual monitoring program to study the amount, type and impact of persistent human-made debris on Geneva Lake’s bottom community. The work will be done in collaboration with Geneva Lake Environmental Agency (GLEA) to gather data for two purposes: 1) to inform efforts to maintain Geneva Lake's resources by protecting, preserving and enhancing a desirable lake and watershed quality; 2) to be used in a number of courses for analysis and discussion, serving more students than just those directly engaged in the project. Up to four undergraduate students will be engaged in the field research and data analysis.
The Quadcopter! This little thing also uses APM for controlling the flight [thus able to perform autopilot and other cool automatic stuffs, thanks 3DRobotics!]. It has 4 brushless motors of 360 kV [360 RPM at full speed] which will carry a 17 inch carbon propeller each. It's weight [body only] is 1095.9 grams and its AUW is 1769.8 grams [already with mapping camera [Canon S100] and Lipo battery 5000 mAh, 4 cells]. WIth his setup it is expected that this little thing can fly for at least 30 minutes. Let's see
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