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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.
Got my Safe-T-Puller Light Commercial model in the mail today. It has a 300lb lifting capacity and should be ample for gear hauling and towed side scan operations. I still have to build up an A-Frame and do all the wiring to the main batteries on the boat, but I should get something together in a month or two. Thanks <a href="/profile/garyfabian" rel="username">@garyfabian</a> for the great idea of using this piece of tech. I'm glad I won't have to haul anything in by hand anymore!
We tried to generate power from Citico Creek using a fire hose and some sort of generator. This was originally Scott Gilliland's idea, and we volunteered to put this craziness to the test by carrying an extra compatible hose all the way down the mountain with us! We were trying to make it entirely gravity driven, but the place we were at on the creek didn't drop far enough to create enough pressure to work with the equipment we brought. img_5588a80614377 Attempts to create a portable system for harnessing energy from rushing water. A 50-foot firehose was placed upstream connected to a PVC opener. At the low end, an electric generator was attached to hopefully created electricity. This generator was not useable with low-pressure systems, and thus a different generator will need to be attached in future trials. The basic proof of concept seems valid however! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Shiva with the top end of the hose in the creek Portable Hydro power system made by Scott Gilliland Hand-made turbine electrical generator The fire hose was so heavy that the water wouldn't even push the sides out enough to get unobstructed flow. Basically the hose was restricting flow through it. Also, the generator we brought was designed for higher pressure that we could create, so the water flowing through it wouldn't even turn the turbine. We could solve these problems from two different directions. We could have hike up in to the mountains to find a suitable waterfall, so that we really could have gotten a 50ft drop from the 50ft fire hose. That theoretically could have generated enough pressure to turn the turbine, but getting a hose to the top of a waterfall isn't exactly easy, and if there's not a waterfall near the campsite, getting the batteries to the base of the waterfall and on dry land isn't really convenient. Better would be to bring gear more suited to the environment and task that we were dealing with. We now know that in the location we were at the creek drops about 5 feet over 50 feet of length. We could calculate the pressure that could generate and find a hose that works with that low of a pressure and a generator that works with the pressure also. We'd generate less voltage, but there are ways to deal with that, like a voltage booster, that would do the job for recharging batteries. We tried building our own, low-power generator from a small vibration motor and a plastic cap. It delivered about 50 millivolts of electricity. This amount is quite insignificant, but it does prove the entire concept of harvesting electricity in a quick portable way from nearby water sources is valid. if anyone has suggestions of good, pre-existing turbines we should use, let us know! 043-P1060248 Late Night Hacking of our own turbine We came prepared to jump start a car when all we really needed was to trickle charge a LiPo. Next time, we'll be even better prepared to harness the power of the water!
On Wednesday afternoon, our CREW of 20 kids ranging from 6 to 18 years collected together alongside the beautiful lake anxiously awaiting to hear what assignment they may have in this exciting project. After briefly describing our first Open ROV project and what we hoped to accomplish, Mark challenged our CREW to separate themselves into 5 groups, each having a specific task to contribute to the build of the MATE Triggerfish ROV. After digesting the information and organizing their groups, these kids took on the challenge and started in. On the first day, the frame crew had measured and cut all of the main PVC piping, the propolsion team had assembled all of the motors, and the controls, sensors and tether groups were well on their way. I was impressed by what these kids had accomplished in 2 hours and appreciated the supervision of the parents who stayed to help.
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