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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.
Many have been probably wondering where we have been. Well after the brutal winter we had here in the northeast, a lot has happened. In the spring Adrienne and I got married and we were off to England for two weeks. Once we returned, I was pulled into a big project which would allow little time to invest in our OpenExplorer projects. Things are beginning to settle, so we can once again get back to our projects. For the past eight months, I had been working out of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. There I got to know many people who work on some cutting edge technology and was able to see some incredible autonomous ROVs they were testing in the lake behind the building. The contacts I made there were the payoff for the short time I spent there. Thankfully I made the most of the free time shortly before the wedding and was able to find one of the granite blocks we had been looking for. This block was flipped so you could not see its face, but from features on its side I was sure it was the correct block. It was over two tons and the only way to confirm it was the right block was by lifting it to see the underside. Fortunately, it was accessible at the lowest tide, so I bought a 4-ton porta power hydraulic jack and checked the tide charts. The next tide low enough to get to the block was the day before my wedding. You could say it was the most unusual bachelor party ever. Just me, a granite block, and the ocean. I arrived as early as possible and began to jack it up. I had limited time before the tide would be too high again, so I had to work fast. I was able to quickly free up some larger rocks trapped under it and get a view. I’m happy to say that I was right; this was the block with the fleur de lis design on it. Since then I was able to visit the block one more time and jack it up more in preparation for retrieving it. Varoujan, one of the curators from the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, is trying to find a vendor who can retrieve the block for us. The shoreline it rests on is very dangerous, which is why many ships have sunk there in the past. Because of this, it has been difficult to find a contractor to do the job. When we do get the block retrieved, it will rest beside the lighthouse for all to admire and learn about the story the Shipwreck HF Payton. ~Michael
Here it is. Finally ! The 3D printed model just finished to be painted. Thanks to this model, we can now show everyone underwater areas of interest, either biologically or archeologically. We are now ready to open more windows on the seas and oceans. Here are the final products that we can display for scientists and the public : 1) The 3D digital model 2) The orthophotoplan 3) The 3D printed model Thank you so much to all our supporters and everyone that has and will help us achieve our endeavor ! Let's start the adventure !!
We have just ordered an OpenROV v2.8 kit and accessories. Our plan is to view the live feed through an iPad by modifying the Ethernet signal via this method (<a href="http://bit.ly/1PNQtpQ" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1PNQtpQ">bit.ly/1PNQtpQ</a>), and control the ROV with a Bluetooth game controller (<a href="http://amzn.to/1SE9quA" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F1SE9quA">amazon.com/gp/product/B00RE6FMD8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref</a>=ohauidetailpageo03_s00). Once we receive our kit, Michael Studivan will begin the build and initial dry testing through December 2015. Starting in 2016, we will do pool checks and eventually, in-water operations at a local coral reef off of Stuart, FL. Check out the embedded video for a description of this local shallow site. We also have two Trident ROVs on pre-order and expect to begin using that platform starting November 2016.
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