A new way to exploreLearn more
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.
On April 20, 2015 at 12:30pm PDT, I will attempt a world's first: to defend my Masters thesis from underwater. The presentation is about 15min followed by about one hour of questions from the committee. People will be able to watch it on YouTube Live. My Masters is entitled "Underwater web cameras as a tool to engage students in the exploration and discovery of ocean literacy," I co-founded a non-profit called Fish Eye Project and we started doing Underwater Live Dives for education since 2011 for World Oceans Day to connect people with the oceans in a more engaging way. Since 2014, we started broadcasting to the web so people can join us and interact from anywhere in the world. Our organization is called Fish Eye Project and you can learn more at <a href="http://bit.ly/1FWoHz4" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Ffisheyeproject.org%2F">fisheyeproject.org</a>.
This summer, I'll be working as a Naturalist Guide at a small lodge in Tutka Bay, Alaska. Tutka Bay is part of Kachemak Bay, which has one of the richest marine environments in the world. We experience extreme tides (2nd only to the Bay of Fundy in North America), which means many opportunities to explore unique ecosystems. There are more than 450 marine invertebrates! We see humpback, minke, and orca whales. Bioluminescence is something I also hope to video. I've been documenting sea star wasting syndrom in the area since May 2013. My blog Stay Curious (www.stay-curious.com) and my Stay Curious Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StayCuriousKaryn) are where I will be posting updates about the activities.
So here's the story behind our antler-based tether management system: Karyn came down to pick up Indy, at which point I realized that we had no good tether reels--Colonial Lee has the big PVC one. My grand plan was to eventually use old 3D printer filament spools for keeping tether neat and tidy on the older bots, but alas, we had no spare filament rolls ready to go. So, after 30 minutes digging through my workshop, we came up with the only quick and dirty solution, an old rack of antlers hanging from the rafters. Did it work? That depends on what you mean by work. Did it keep the tether tidy during transit? Sure. Was is easy to manage unspooling and respooling the tether during ROV deployment. No. Not at all. Awful. Usability? None. 0 out of 10. Would not recommend.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation, scientific research, and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit http://www.moore.org/
MAKE magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the exciting projects in your life and helps you make the most of technology at home and away from home.
Rugged Internet for people & things. The go anywhere, do anything, self-powered, mobile WiFi device. Learn more: http://www.brck.com/