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Drones for Justice: Rainforest Conservation and Protection by Local Communities in Borneo, IndonesiaTayan, Kabupaten Sanggau, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, Jan 27 to Feb 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.
The 2015 OCEAN71 expedition will take place in Fiskardo, in the northern part of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. The endeavor of this new expedition encompasses two different missions : the survey of underwater remains of a shot and sunk english Beaufighter bomber plane and an ethological approach of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Both missions will deploy innovative survey techniques by air or diving investigations.
Once we made it to biggest of the Farallon islands, South Farallon, we got a tour around the island with a brief history about it. Once they found a spot to drop the shark cage, we began prepping the Trident and 2.8 for its dive, while I suited up to get into the cage.
For this camp, we have a unique opportunity to build and test our little underwater robot at Deep Ocean Exploration and Research--a working facility that engineers ROVs and submersibles, giving participants a glimpse at a real-world engineering space! This program is limited to 6 ROV Pilots-In-Training to ensure everyone gets a piece of the action while building, testing and piloting the ROV--and documenting along the way. Mentors: Erika Bergman, National Geographic Explorer and Submersible Pilot Samantha Wishnak, Marine Science and Technology Educator Participants: Girls aged 13-17 years old Schedule: Saturday, October 10th to Monday, October 12th Program will run 10:00-3:30pm daily Parents and families are welcome to join us on Monday at 1:00 pm for our micro-expedition off the dock of DOER Marine. Important notes: Participants need to bring own lunches and a reusable water bottle. Snacks will be provided. Sea you soon! <a href="http://bit.ly/1jTH5Fr" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegeecs.com%2F">thegeecs.com</a>
We are thrilled to announce that through the generosity of their grantors, our friends at OpenROV are able to donate a V2.8 model to The Steep N' Deep Project! Our lead scientist Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj will be heading into the field with this little baby starting in early November to test it's capabilities, and begin tailoring it for our upcoming inspections of unstable glacial lakes in the Andes and Himalaya. So how are we planning to use the OpenROV platform? I'm glad you asked! We are using the OpenROV to add underwater research capabilities to our Sherpa-Scientist Initiative to give mountain communities the tools and training necessary to monitor the glacial lakes that threaten their safety and way of life. For more details, please check out the Glacial Lake Science page on our website at <a href="http://bit.ly/1Oj9Czd" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vanguarddivers.com%2Fglacial-lake-science.html">vanguarddivers.com/glacial-lake-science.html</a>
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