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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!
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
I have a “good news” ROV update for you guys. ROV #1475 is now fully built and 100% operational!! Yay! Thank you to team OpenROV for the continual support. We plan to continue posting regular updates as we transition from the build phase, to the bathtub testing phase and eventually the open water testing phase. We will be confirming operation of all equipment, building our checklists and planning test dives all in preparation and anticipation of this summer’s “Swim with Bluefin Tuna” expedition. Please do drop us a note if something grabs your attention and you would like to participate in any way. We are looking to have others join in this exciting adventure in any capacity possible. We are also beginning our search for sponsors for the planned expeditions. We are very open to non-traditional (ie: not $$) forms of help in exchange for ?? (blog posts kudos, advertising on the expedition Bus, other?) Here are some items I had in mind – small pool/tank for doing ROV demos at schools and events, spare ROV parts, article space in a publication or blog, offers of bus parking/camping along travel routes, fuel cards, invitations to events for OpenROV demonstrations, etc. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have been selected and given the gift of adventure by OpenROV and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. We want to give back and hope to inspire those around us, and the folks we meet along the way, with a similar gift. Let’s go Exploring! I suspect we will discover more than we ever anticipated. ~ Charles
02-25-2015 Up to Cloud Forest Base Camp Felt great this morning (sickness mostly gone). Saddened to leave our amazing lower base camp. As Hannah said we could have stayed at this luxurious camp we built for weeks building all sorts of things. The jungle is a ridiculously inspiring place to work. The biggest challenge is to not be overwhelmed by the possibilities. I think Hannah and I have been tackling all these challenges excellently together. The project, (sharing research, building electronics, designing mobile labs, surveying) is already huge, but we have been helping eachother, watching out for eachother, and tossing ideas around together. Such a luxury having her with us. We walked, or really climbed, with backpacks straight up for 4 hours to the cloud forest camp. One porter carried a full live pig all the way up. They slaughtered and BBQ'd it up here last night. I had never seen such a thing first hand. Only 3 days left to build and explore. *Submitted by Brian Transposed by Erika
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