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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.
In honor of Earth Day and the International Year of Soils, Counter Culture Labs will be doing a soil sampling and testing outing.
Erika asked for an image from the weekend as we were not too far from where HMAS Swan had sunk we scanned past the vessel <a href="http://bit.ly/1Ic0E5p" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FHMAS">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS</a>Swan(D61) HMAS Swan was a River-class torpedo-boat destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). It entered service in 1916. The early part of the ship's career was spent on blockade duty in the Far East, before she was transferred to the Mediterranean for anti-submarine duty. Apart from performing shore bombardment during the Second Battle of Durazzo, Swan's wartime career was uneventful. The destroyer was placed in reserve in 1920, but was reactivated between 1925 and 1927. Swan was decommissioned in 1928, stripped of parts, and sold for use as prisoner accommodation on the Hawkesbury River. After changing hands several times, the hull sank during gale conditions in 1933. The image is from a Klein 595 Sidescan with data acquisition through a National Instruments DAQ card. With the data recorded using Seasone Hunter software (*.SNR file but can be exported as an *.XTF) the Side scan was captured using the 500 KHz frequency of the unit with the range set to 50m (so 100m swath 50 meters out each side) The image is only the Starboard side of the record (eg towfish on the LHS with the scan going out to the right) Dark colours are strong reflections and light colours are the “shadows” or lack or returns Going from the LHS of the image you see the water column (so the towfish was approx. 12m above the bottom [5m dashed grid lines]) and then approximately 15m away from where the bottom begins you see the bow of the vessel which has had its back broken and the bow deck rolled towards the scan. The last 2/3 of the vessel is upright with holds and structure the lighter colour to the RHS is the shadow cast by the vessel
When Patrik D'haeseleer of Counter Culture Labs (<a href="http://bit.ly/1dIrMMw" data-longurl="https%3A%2F%2Fcounterculturelabs.org">counterculturelabs.org</a>) announced the Earth Day Soil Sampling expedition, I had to sign up! In part it was because I wanted to know what was in my garden soil but I was also curious about Temescal Creek. I have explored the many natural features of the East Bay including its watersheds and creeks but Temescal Creek was a complete unknown to me. So I had to take the opportunity and was not disappointed. The group split into two sampling teams with my partner Kathy Buehmann and I heading for the uppermost branch of Temescal Creek. Temescal Creek begins on the southern side of the Oakland Hills watershed divide and flows to San Francisco Bay in Emeryville. The flatland flow is underground but the headwaters still flow unimpeded by plumbing though the riparian vegetation is a predominantly non-native mix of eucalyptus and ivy. Once there the challenge was to descend the banks to the creek and get our soil samples. Kathy was the nimbler of the team and I took photographs while she did the hard part and collected samples. Then it was back to the lab where we sorted out the debris of sticks and rocks, air dried sample aliquots, and repackaged them for analysis. Now the hard part - waiting for results!
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