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Operation Ancient Welsh Well

Mar 23 Ancient Arthurian research to find the true location of the Isle of Avalon / reverse engineering of any encountered ancient technology.

Discovery Deep - "Mapping the Lost Radeau"

Lake George, NY, Mar 23 Mapping the Lost Radeau In June 2015, the Discovery Deep team -- an emerging dive group on the East Coast aspiring to non-profit status, will launch its first expedition -- a photographic and video survey of the Lost Radeau Warship at the bottom of Lake George, New York. During the dive phase of the expedition, the team will comprehensively photograph and video the wreck with multiple teams of divers, as well as deploy an ROV to support the non-invasive survey work. Our goal is to collect enough photographic and video data to produce a digital three-dimensional interactive tour of the wreck site for historic societies and museums in Upstate New York, as well as to make the data available to historians, academics conservationists and scientists involved in researching, studying and conserving the site. Additionally, the dive team will also shoot 360-degree photo imagery of the site in support of Google’s Street View Ocean project.

River Raab -- an interesting Test

Mar 21 First test with my ROV underneath a weir which is reconstructed. It was nearly four meters deep, now there is a sandbank and only small Areas with 2 meter depth. Saw a lot of fishes.

Acuario de Sevilla - Seville Aquarium

Acuario de Sevilla, Mar 21 We are going to explore the biggest sharks tank in Europe, located at Seville Aquarium, south of Spain.

Kariba 2015

Mar 20 As part of the UNDP Zimbabwe 2015 All Staff Retreat in Kariba, a section of the Inno & KM Team at UNDP Zimbabwe comprised of William, Anesu, Cecile and Moe chose to drive down with an aim of show-casing the beauty and uniqueness of the 360KM journey from Harare to Kariba.

NY Iron Mines Exploration

Harriman State Park, New York, Mar 26 Just north of New York City, in the hills of Harriman State Park, are a collection of mine workings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Some were worked into the 20th century, but most were abandonded much earlier. These miners dug out hematite and magnetite using a combination of hand tools and black powder. Some of the workings are open trenches, some are vertical shafts and some slope into the hillside. All are flooded with water. There are several guides and books that describe the mines and their history, but I have seen and read nothing about the interior of the flooded mines. This project aims to address that by sending an underwater ROV into the flooded mine shafts to explore and document the excavations.

Buskateers on the Highway Seas

Mar 12 to Mar 16 While our original expedition is currently in the planning stage over at , we have found ourselves on a mission to field test our equipment. That equipment includes an Adventure Bus we call The Kraken. We will be traveling in our new ride from the Toronto, Canada area, through Nashville, and on to the Gulf Coast of Florida. There we have rented a boat to test our OpenROV with Manatees.


Mar 6 to Mar 17 Developing new imaging systems for underwater robotics...

Dominican Republic La Caleta Expedition

La Caleta National Marine Park, Dominican Republic, Mar 5 to Mar 19 The purpose of this trip is to do some general exploratory work along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic using an OpenROV to look at lion fish densities in deeper reef areas of La Caleta National Marine Park. In addition, we will be using the ROV to look for evidence of the former coastline, now underwater.


Mar 4 A group of Master students have built an OpenROV 2.7 and are now ready to develop features and make it even more awesome! The group consists of Even, Simon and Hans Fredrik:)

Benthic Aquatic Debris Research in Geneva Lake

Feb 28 to Mar 3 The expedition will investigate the amount, type and impact of persistent human-made debris on Geneva Lake’s bottom community. The study will look at ten benthic sites in the lake with a variety of use such as mooring and fishing, and will also look at relatively low-use sites for the sake of comparison. A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will be used to document debris along designated transects.

Oakland ESA Underwater Explorers

Oakland High School, California, Mar 26 Our mission is to... -to se(a) underwater -to learn more about our environment -to gain experience as engineers and explorers -to EXPLORE! Where do we want to go?: -SF Bay -Lake Merritt -Baja California -Hawaii -Point Reyes -Great Barrier Reef -Catalina Island -The Red Triangle -Half Moon Bay -Ports and Marinas -MLK Shoreline

Willemstad Archeological Research (The Netherlands)

Feb 26 to Mar 6 Willemstad is my home town and it is a pre medieval town, built like a fortress and on the waterfront. Lots of historical findings have been done on land but underwater the surroundings have hardly been researched. During the building of the famous Water Works in the 1960's there was a finding of: "Het Mannetje van Willemstad" in 1966, a small statue made of oakwood and estimated about 5300 BC, found on a depth of about 8 meters. Exploring the surroundings underwater might generate a lot of historical artifacts. So I made it my goal to start the underwater research using the OpenROV. I still need to purchase one but it soon will be done. Expected start of the project will be around March 2015.

SEA Semester Voyage and Beyond

Feb 23 Beginning in April, I will sail aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer from Puerto Rico to New York City. While sailing, I will be conducting research on water quality, biodiversity/population dynamics, as well as conservation methods!

Lighthouse Point West Vancouver

Feb 20 We found where the starfish (seastars) were hiding. The original plan was to go to Passage Island again. I forgot my anchor line. So we went here instead! Goodtimes!

Robot Dive Buddy

Monterey, CA, Feb 19 to Feb 25 Help us turn an OpenROV into your new favorite Robot Dive Buddy. Beep bop bloop blop!

Pacific Ocean Survey

Pacific Ocean, Feb 13 to Mar 26 Launching of Edgar into the pacific Ocean. Edgar is a moveable buoy that will be able to self propell to any spot in the pacific ocean and then drift with the current. While drifting in a certain area, Edgar will sample water Ph/Temp as well as wind/speed/direction, air pressure/temp. These results will all be relayed in real time via satellite back to our database.

KIng Tides in Oakland by ESA Class of 2015

Oakland Shorelines, Feb 13 to Feb 20 King tide is a term used to describe an especially high tide occurring when there is an alignment of the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. King tides occur naturally and regularly. They are predictable and expected. This makes it easer for people to go out and take a picture. Pictures will help people visualize how sea level rise will impact their lives. (Monyta) King tides photos are used several ways to help people: 1) document current flood risk in coastal areas. 2) visualize the impacts of sea level rise in our community, 3) ground-truth and validate climate change models by comparing model predictions with high tide reality, and serve as a record of change for future generations. (Christy)

Aerial Survey of North Cyprus

North Cyprus, Feb 10 My expeditions goal is to capture the natural beauties, scenic towns and villages of North Cyprus using aerial photography.

Coastal Resquiggle Vigilance

Feb 9 Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry spends much of her time in New England waters, offering sail training as summer camps and as the foundational component for experiential school programs. Often she'll stop in the same coves and natural harbors for swim calls or to anchor for the night. The plan is to take these opportunities to document changes to the boundaries of land and sea to mark any erosion and identify its causes, especially marking the effects of liminal plants on coastal integrity and health.

Open-Learning to Open Water: An Experimental Course Leads to Experiments in the Field

Feb 4 to Mar 9 Four undergrads at UMass Amherst are using Independent Study for the construction, testing, and initial research using and OpenROV v2.6. Mounted sensors will measure dissolved oxygen, depth, temperature, and location. Funding is greatly appreciated!

Sebastian River

Saint Sebastian River, Feb 1 Exploring the land and water of the Saint Sebastian River. Specifically looking for local pollution and water quality.

Helping the ambulance to clear the path fast

Jan 31 Our team have seen number of times that the ambulance don't get there way and due to which it becomes late for them to help

environmental radiological contamination survey

Jan 30 I aim to survey the areas around Lake Anna, a reservoir formed by the North Anna Dam that provides water to cool the nuclear power generating plants at the North Anna Nuclear Generating Station adjacent to the lake, (wikipedia) and neighborhoods throughout Spotsylvania County for evidence of radiological contamination. Through the use of Geiger counters mounted to various vehicles, both manned and unmanned, on the ground, in the air and under water, I will map the radiation levels found in the areas we live and play. The project will be an on going study of the environment. resources:

Thousand Islands Exploration

Thousand Islands, Jan 30 Thousand Islands is located in Jakarta, Capital City of Indonesia. It is an area consist with a lot of island (hence the name Thousand Islands). Eventough it is named Thousand Islands, there only 342 Island, 11 of them inhabited by human with the population of 20.000 people. Thousand Islands divided by 3 groups of islands which consist of Tourism, Nature Preserve, and Industry. Until this day there are still many Island that still has not been explored yet. The thousand islands has more potential for tourism and nature preserve. Our group want to explore more in this area and share it to the world through openexplorer Our program is to do exploration weekly in every week, and we will focus on the sea and land exploration. Discovering new things on the islands. Wiki:

Mapping Queensland Snorkeling Spots

Jan 30 to Feb 17 We're planning to map all of the best snorkeling spots down the coast of Queensland, Australia. This includes well-known as well hidden spots. The goal is to create a user-friendly map of snorkel spots as part of our mission to increase awareness of our sea-dwelling friends and encourage people to protect our precious oceans.

Sea Stars of STEM

Port Macquarie, NSW, Jan 30 With local industry support, students from Newman Senior Technical College and the Port Macquarie Marine Discovery Centre are building an OpenROV to explore their own aquatic backyard...and beyond!

Exploring Physical Topography

Columbus, OH, Jan 30 My recent work has explored translating birds eye view photographs into physical 3D printed sculptures. Many of the images I use are found or in the public domain. I would love to use drone photography to explore the divides between the urban/suburban and suburban/rural divides in Ohio. You can see examples of this work on my website Thank you for your support!!

Minot Exploration I

Minot ND, Jan 29 Fly over parts of Minot that were flooded back in 2011 to see the changes that were caused by the flood

Kneeland Ranch

Kneeland, Jan 29 to Feb 4 My girlfriend's family has owned 1,300 acres in Kneeland, CA, for almost 100 years. They allow some logging and maintain around 20 cows on the property. I would like to do a close mapping of their property as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016. I would also like to monitor the wildlife that inhabits the land, including deer, elk, bear, mountain lions, birds, etc., as well as the many natural springs and other waterways on the property.

Oregon Milkweed Project

O'Brien, Oregon, Jan 29 Document populations of two rare Oregon Milkweeds (Asclepias cordifolia and A. solanoana) in Southwestern Oregon for seed collection, and propagation for Monarch butterfly habitat restoration.

Napa nvdi

Jan 29 I'd like to map vineyards in Napa Valley

Drones for Justice: Rainforest Conservation and Protection by Local Communities in Borneo, Indonesia

Tayan, 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.

Dissemination Lab - Madagascar

Mar 28 We are hiking and hacking through Madagascar to share science. We will be doing workshops and crafting tools to try to figure out new ways to share scientific practices, and the behaviors of animals. Follow our games and challenges from the field here and also on Twitter: Hashtag #WildHacks Brian Andy Hannah @OpenPlusea @Ant

Underwater Brazil

City of God, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 24 From the gritty favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the underwater wonderland of the Brazilian rainforest and coast, we will involve a classroom of local students in the power of scientific exploration and give them the tools for a lifetime of discovery.

Marine Science Camp

Jan 23 to Mar 19 This summer Marine Science Camp will focus on using technology to explore, with an emphasis on local habitats. Our "Underwater Investigator" campers will practice the scientific method—from forming questions to discovering answers about their local ecosystems. They will also have the opportunity to design their own add-ons to attach to the OpenROV that will help them study things in a new way—such as collecting plankton or mud that they can analyze on our ship or shoreside labs.

Searching for an unknown ship near Alcatraz

San Francisco Bay, Jan 23 to Mar 18 Take an openROV to the site of a ship that sunk near Alcatraz and ID her

The "Crossing"

The "Crossing", Jan 23 Hui Wa'a o Lana'i the outrigger canoe club organized the crossing of the Auau channel from Lahaina, Maui to Lana'i small boat harbor. The crew members were 6th, 7th & 8th graders. The distance was 21 miles and took them 5 hours.

Search the pike

Jan 22 Discovering a lake in a pit Stone and its fish Fauna.

Louisville Air Quality Stations

Louisville, KY, Jan 6 to Mar 22 We will be deploying a collection of air quality sensor stations in Louisville, KY. These stations measure carbon monoxide and particulates, transmitting the data to the Manylabs servers via the cellular network. The designs, documentation, software, and data will all be open source.

Exploring Brazilian Reefs and sensor testing for Environmental Monitoring

Taipus de Fora, Jan 20 to Feb 8 Can an OpenROV V2.7 be used as a low-cost tool for environmental monitoring? January 26th I will travel from Rio de Janeiro to Barra Grande to do some test dives with my #1654 OpenROV and a YSI Multimeter, Handhold device among the reefs in Taipus de Fora.

Dalmatian Odyssey

Berkeley, CA, Jan 23 to Feb 9 Six-weeks, 900km by sea kayak and the bluest sea on earth!

Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Feb 17 I plan to lead an expedition bound for the Antarctic Continent. We will depart England with two ships, crewed by 28 men each, to undertake a trans-continental crossing from the Weddell Sea, through the south pole, to the Ross Sea some 1800 miles distant. Not only the people of these islands, but our kinsmen in all the lands under the Union Jack will be willing to assist towards the carrying out of the programme of exploration.

[ ] to Summit

Mt. Rainer, Jan 15 to Jan 21 Take a Hiker and have them lead up Mt. Rainer.

Research About Human Impact On Marine Life and Pollution at Different Depths

San, Jan 14 to Mar 26 This expedition will be visiting several different sites in the San Francisco bay and along the California coastline to research pollution at different depths and the Human Impact on sea life as well as the bio accumulation of photo degraded plastics being consumed by marine life.

Final Frontier of Shark Discovery: Unexplored Seamounts of the Southern Indian Ocean.

Jan 14 In a world that is generally believed to be well-known and explored, it is amazing that there are still parts of our planet Earth that we have barely explored. The Southern Indian Ocean (SIO) is truly the final frontier of shark discovery. This project is a survey of rare and little-known sharks in an unexplored and remote region of the Southern Indian Ocean (SIO). Using openROV technology, we can unravel the mystery together.

NSM Santisima Trinidad

Jan 8 to Jan 23 During the night 24 Oct 1805, after a harsh battle, the NSM Santisima Trinidad was towed by the two English frigates HMS Naiad and HMS Phoebe. Due to the very bad conditions of the hull and the gale declared on 21th, she sunk anywhere in front of Trafalgar cape (SW Spain). The location of the wreck as been ignored during the last 200 years, but 2 years ago, a reseach group from the University of Cadiz (UCA), located the ship. The find has been confirmed by ROVs and side scanning means by a Spanish Navy Hidrographic ship. Unfortunatelly, as it seems to happen always at this land, the total lack of any agreement between the involved parts, is delaying "sine die" the exploration and study of the wreck. This exploration is a "hope" and this writing is intended to be a a kind of "kick" for them. Me, and some others, are trying to activate the issue, that from any point of view is of the mayor interest.

The search for the lost tomb of Atahualpa

Llanganates, Ecuador, Jan 7 to Feb 19 This project is a non-invasive technology based search for the tomb of the emperor Atahualpa, one of the main protagonists of the conquest of the Incas. By using a multi-scale approach combined with remote-sensing technology, we will travel to Ecuador where we will investigate ancient legends and recent clues. We'll try to retrace the last days of the Inca resistance in this region of the Tawantinsuyu and try to distinct facts from fiction.

Guardian Angels: Rovers Protecting Baby Desert Tortoises

Mar 28 A lifetime of work studying the threatened desert tortoise has taught me about the threats they face. This project will use new tools (internet mediated remotely operated vehicles, lasers, modern tracking technology) to make unprecedented strides in addressing those threats while engaging massive numbers of collaborators.

Oceanic Society's Blackbird Caye Field Station (Turneffe Atoll, Belize)

Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize, Jan 6 We study and protect the marine life of Turneffe Atoll (the largest & most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere). We will use OpenROV to document the stunning marine biodiversity and habitats.

Mount Kenya Impact Survey

Jan 4 to Jan 23 Attempting to gauge the impact of tourism in the Mount Kenya park. Specific areas of inquiry are foot traffic erosion, campsites and waste disposal, and any pollution sources of the upper watersheds.

Walden Pond OpenROV Test

Walden Pond, Jan 3 Testing an OpenROV in Walden Pond, the deepest lake in Massachusetts.

Sending sensors to the depths

Liverpool, Jan 2 to Mar 20 Bob is an open source, buoyancy controlling AUV and sensor platform or, to put it another way, he is a little robot that can sink to the bottom, float to the surface or attempt to maintain a specific depth in the sea - and carry a set of sensors.

The Forever Expedition

Dec 30 to Mar 20 There are as many different ways to be an explorer as there are places to explore. From the hidden estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay to the skies around abandoned factories to the microscopic fauna in your own intestines, the Forever Expedition will travel, question, and discover. Why do we need this? Not every journey emerges from months of planning, logistics, and implementation, with clear goals. The Forever Expedition is different. Its only goal is exploration. One week we could be flying OpenROV's through a freshwater beaver lake in Virginia, the next we might be diving shipwrecks off the Carolina coast or geocaching in Baltimore City. This expedition is always underway. The journey never ends.

Walk to India: a pilgrimage

Dec 26 to Jan 12 It's simple in many ways: I (and anyone else who would like to join me for all or part of the journey) am walking from Glastonbury to India in stages over the next few years or so- however long it takes. This has been something that I have thought about doing ever since I walked to the source of the Ganges at Gaumukh (Gangotri glacier) when I was 20 and promised I would return to give thanks by walking- a pilgrimage. My time in India was a time of great spiritual change and experience. It was in India that I felt a real sense of universal love, of divinity and of the power of knowing the self. Since then, my spiritual journey has continued and it feels right now, in my 35th year to begin to act on a promise made all those years ago. The aim is simple, to walk, to experience, to reflect and further my own spiritual development and also to support others in doing so too. To meet and learn about people along the way and deepen my understanding of ecotherapeutic practice. I am carrying a book of names with me for souls who have departed this earth and for those still here who would like to be carried on this great journey. Anyone can be included. At the glacier, each name and message (if there is one) will be read. The walk began on on the 20th december 2014 from Glastonbury Tor. I imagine the vast majority of the walk to involve camping, maybe with occasional nights in the houses of friends met along the way. If people would like to join me, they are welcome to get in touch but will need to understand the nature of what I am doing- back to basics in so many ways- and spending time reflecting and growing spiritually. be open minded and with a sense of adventure and purpose.

Youth Engaged in Native Plant Restoration Science in Kauai

Limahuli Preserve, Kauai, Dec 23 to Jan 27 I am conducting a conservation biology research masters project out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, studying the effects of restoration efforts on native vegetation at Limahuli Preserve in Kauai. I am engaging local high school students and studying the effects of youth involvement in ecological research on their academic and personal achievement.

Bioluminescence in New England

Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, Dec 19 to Feb 5 Our goal for this expedition is to hunt down six creatures in New England that exhibit bioluminosity and one psuedo-luminious plant. Though we will start with the familiar firefly, our journey will take us from the sea to the dark swamps and forests. Using our OpenROV and being patient explorers, we hope to capture photos and images of these amazing organisms in their natural habitats.

Learning About ROV's; A Trip to Seven Hills Middle School

Dec 19 to Dec 20 Our mission is to go to The Seven Hills School and teach middle schoolers about ROV's and marine exploration.

Bringing an OpenROV on Vacation.

Dec 17 The goal of this expedition is to have an unforgettable adventure while on a cruise ship that is touring the inside passage of Alaska. We will be driving the ROV in different ports of call that our ship stops in.

Girls Underwater Robot Camp January

Dec 13 to Feb 22 Over a three day weekend in January, I am inviting 5 girls to join together, build an ROV, and take it on a micro expedition in the Bay Area. The first two days we'll build the robot and begin expedition planning. On the final day we'll go out into the world armed with our robot and explore. Ladies, you already have the confidence and capabilities to be engineers and explorers, let's prove it.

Project Manaia

Dec 10 We are aiming to show the effects of over exploitation of our oceans to a broad audience and raise awareness to better protect the creatures of the seas for future generations and ourselves!

Kvalakilen, Haugesund, Norway

Kvala Kilen, Dec 4 Heading for Kvalakilen to film the entrance underwater.

Last Glimpse

Dec 3 to Jan 16 Join us as we take a Last Glimpse of modern Atlantis: The Maldives. A rise in sea level of just three feet will make this island nation uninhabitable. A paradise, and wondrous culture, is on the frontlines of climate change, representing the cost of inaction if we do not address this global concern. Our plan is to produce a travel documentary that not only shows what makes this area so unique, but also raises awareness around the plight of the Maldivian people as the cornerstone of a global action-oriented campaign. Rather than paint another picture of "doom and gloom," this will be a celebration – an adventure that highlights an authentic portrait of their national identity. The art, food, music, lifestyle – and in an area renowned for it's world class diving and surf! Meeting locals at every point of the process, we will take to the air, explore by sea, and journey underwater with an OpenRov to provide an immersive experience of what it's like in a place that could possibly disappear. It's not easy to get there or get around, so please join our efforts – then stay tuned for updates from the ground and our drive for solutions!

An Academic Adventure: Field Trip log for Etienne's PhD Project: OCEAN CONCEPT GENERATOR

PhD defense in Oslo, Norway, before Christmas 2017, Dec 3 to Dec 4 I'm just starting a PhD with the Oslo School for Architecture and Design, with the topic "collaborative experiences in the maritime industry" and the code name OCEAN CONCEPT GENERATOR. In short the vision is to design the means for a collective exploration of the "ship design space": this imaginary space where all kinds of ship designs are waiting to be picked up and built. It is so large and fascinating that it's worth exploring it along with a big crew - namely the designers and engineers and workers of the Maritime Industry. I will travel and write updates about my research, and I would like to use OpenExplorer as a platform to document and share my research journey for the next 3 years. So yes, this is an academic adventure, up in the air, on land, at sea, in urban environments, including the coolest backyards!

Thief Reef - first 2.7 test dive in Norway

Oslo, Tjuvholmen, Nov 30 The first OpenROV workshop in Europe comes to an end - it's time to test our new 2.7s! All workshop participants will bring their ROV's to check out some fake coral reefs at Tjuvholmen (Thief islet).

Archaeology Research on Catalina Island

Nov 30 The goal of this expedition is to find ancient sites for archaeology research on Catalina island while simultaneously testing out the use of new technology such as an OpenROV and a DJI Phantom 2 for archaeological research purposes.

A Dash South

Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov 23 to Dec 14 We’re taking 3 motorcycles and a Land Rover from Nairobi to Johannesburg in time for Maker Faire Africa on Dec 3-6. From Kenya through Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and into South Africa, then Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and back to Kenya.

Lake Chabot-East Oakland

Lake Chabot, Nov 23 to Nov 26 Deploy OpenROV into Lake Chabot to see what is there. Rumors of an old chinese labor camp and a giant tunnel somewhere. This is a spur of the moment expedition. Stay tuned to see what we will find. Fish? Or something more!?

Khumbu Glacier

Khumbu Glacier (nr Everest), Nepal, Nov 14 to Feb 19 We will be using our OpenROV (tentatively called Sandy?) to map supra-glacial lakes on Khumbu Glacier, Nepal

Santa Rosa Island Research

Oct 29 to Mar 16 Ongoing subtidal and intertidal research on Santa Rosa Islands, part of the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary and Channel Island National Park.

Anacapa Island Subtidal Monitoring

Nov 4 to Nov 5 The Intertidal Ecology team in conjunction with the Air and Aquatic Robot Research (AARR) team are heading to Anacapa to do a proof of concept dive in the subtidal zone prior to landing and doing intertidal surveys

Saving blue whales from ship-strike in the Indian Ocean!

Nov 12 to Mar 2 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!

Goats Across America

Nov 7 to Feb 23 Two goats, two rabbits, two humans, one truck, and an epic drive across the country. San Francisco to Gloucester Point.

Seahurst Shoreline Restoration Monitoring Project

Nov 6 to Mar 23 The Environmental Science Center in collaboration with Diverlaura hopes to build and utilize OpenROV to monitor the amazing changes that occur to the nearshore environment when shoreline is restored. Formerly it would take scuba divers to document the area beyond the intertidal zone, but with the OpenROV the students and staff at the ESC will now be free to document these changes from the shore, and hopefully even livestream them to reach an even wider audience watching from the Center's facility and potentially classrooms in nearby schools. Additionally the hope is to build the ROV as an after school project with local students as a part of the ESC's outreach mission.

Exploring Hicklin Lake

Nov 6 to Dec 4 TAF (The Access Foundation) and DiverLaura hope to team up and empower youth to follow their curiosity with the help of OpenROV. TAF was founded in 1996 to help reduce the opportunity gap in education and bring more youth of color to STEM-related disciplines and careers. Since then, school reform has not produced the types of lasting gains we need, but TAF has persisted. Hundreds of students have graduated from our programs and attended their first or second choice of college. Over half have graduated college already and many of those have since returned to their communities as invested role models and leaders.

Search for Steamer San Rafael

San Francisco Bay, Nov 19 to Dec 17 The San Rafael was a 67m-long sidewheel steamship built in 1878 that sank near Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay shortly after colliding with the Steamer Saucelito on November 30th 1901. The exact location of the sunken ship was not recorded, and despite being in relatively shallow water that boaters pass over every day she has never been found.

Puget Plankton Chronicles

Nov 4 to Feb 17 Looking for creative ways to collect plankton for investigation with my iPhone Microscope and sharing with other citizen scientists and their families to help build awareness that every drop of Puget Sound is ALIVE! I hope to attach a small plankton net to my OpenROV "Curiosity" and collect plankton from sites that are somewhat less accessible (without a dock or pier readily available)

Seattle Storm Drain Rover

Nov 4 to Jan 21 Utilizing my OpenROV "Curiosity" Hull #1265 I hope to continue to build awareness for the storm drain outfalls and CSO's that discharge into Puget Sound.

BRCK Expedition 2014 -- Exploring Edtech on the Water

The BRCK House, Nairobi, Oct 31 to Nov 6 BRCK is going out into the world again, this time to help our partners at Hackers for Charity bring connectivity to schools in rural Uganda. Working out of Jinja, we'll be making trips to a remote island in Lake Victoria, testing antennas and signal amplifiers around the area, deploying an OpenROV in the lake, and testing water sensors on the White Nile. We've got a busy week ahead of us, and are sure to learn a lot! Tune in here for regular updates, and to let us know what you think we should be testing next!

RoVR: An exploration in VR controlled ROVs

Gray Area Art and Technology, Oct 27 Starting at the VR hackathon in San Francisco our team formed to hack together an OpenROV with an Oculus or mobile VR solution. The ultimate goal is to create an ROV that will collect environmental data while one explores the wonders of the underwater landscape. We're outfitting our ROV with sensors and partnering with conservation organizations, and we hope to create an experience that's accessible to students/educators and helps preserve marine biodiversity.

R2H2O Expeditions 2014-2015

Oct 26 to Oct 29 The primary focus of the 2014 R2H2O Expeditions is to explore major natural springs and underground caverns located throughout the Floridan Aquifer system.

Bear Lake, Northern Utah - under the ice

Oct 24 Bear Lake is a huge water body in Northern Utah - it's staggeringly pretty deep blue depths a result of high calcium carbonate from surrounding mountains. Early in the new year, it seemingly becomes a frozen wasteland; but underneath, life flourishes! We intend to auger a hole in the ice at Bear Lake and explore the bottom, and water column. We hope to see schools of fish, junk, and all kinds of fascinating booty! We also hope to bring back scientific observations, as we Masters candidates at Utah State University! Willie's dream has been to become an ROV pilot - and Paul loves anything underwater!

Viking Explorers (North Shore Schools)

Oct 23 to Nov 20 Our mission is aimed at connecting students to Long Island's rich history, its extremely diverse marine and fresh water sources and human's impact on its ecosystems. We will foster a greater appreciation of our habitat, create stewards of conservation, and promote ownership, awareness, pride, and responsibility for our little island we call home. We just received our ROV in the mail last week and we will be updating our build progress soon!

Little Creek PlayLab

Oct 21 to Dec 4 As an oyster farm in New York's Peconic Bay, stewardship of our waterways is one of our primary missions. Often we find our community thinks of the water only in terms of recreation, and what's happening on the surface. We are excited to create a program to help showcase what's happening below. We propose to build an expedition team comprised of students, community members, and fellow oyster growers. Our mission will be to sample and map our water for nitrogen levels, algae types, salinity and more. We will explore the artificial ecosystems created around the oyster cages, as well as eelgrass restoration efforts.

Birds of Papua New Guinea

Oct 8 to Oct 23 Papua New Guinea is hailed as home to one of the world's most diverse populations of birds and birds of paradise. I know next to nothing about birds and will spend the next two weeks recording the sights and sounds of the dinosaurs still roaming earth.

Mantis Flight at Albany High

Oct 15 to Dec 17 I'm flying Mantis in the AHS pool for anyone that wants to come see as a (belated) part of CS Ed Week!

Say Nuth Khaw Yum (Indian Arm), BC

Oct 13 to Dec 22 In another attempt to explore deep waters, Corey Lake and I ventured 13km up 'Say Nuth Khaw Yum' to a steep cliff within 150m of water that is 200m deep.

Fluid Dynamics Playground: Chapter 1- Butterfly Effect

Oct 13 to Jan 26 Taking advantage of our location in the universe, I plan to explore the earth Via Paraglider, Foot, Sailing, and Scuba Diving. The sun, wind, currents, and terrain are all an effect of our special place. This exploration harnesses the power of the earth to discover new perspectives. Chapter 1, takes us to Valle De Bravo Mexico where Monarch butterflies migrate to. The small creatures dont force their way through the sky, and neither will I. Come Join me.

Chesapeake Open Expedition I

Chesapeake Bay, Oct 13 to Jan 19 The Chesapeake Bay is littered with historical shipwrecks spanning from the 1600s to the present day. The Bay is also host to many miles of salt marsh, harboring a vast community of marine life. This expedition will entail an initial exploration of a select area of the bay, assessing water quality, ecology, and wreck identification. The first day will involve using an ROV to collect water samples and CTD data while cataloging local marine life. The second day will explore a selected shipwreck involving identification and assessment of the structure and having a great time. The primary mission will be to assess the ROV performance, nishkin bottle, CTD sensor and archeological camera utilizing polynomial texture mapping for surface reflectance. This technique allows for detail illumination providing feature discovery better than using conventional lighting techniques. A call to all citizen scientists, come and join us!

Midnight Trip to Alcatraz

Berkeley to Alcatraz, Oct 11 "You can't stop the signal" We're testing the ability to use WiFi across San Francisco Bay, for future use to communicate with ROV teams exploring the area.

The Alderley Edge Copper Mines

Oct 8 to Oct 17 The ongoing task to explore, document and photograph the many mines at Alderley Edge

Lake Berryessa-Sunken Town of Monticello

38°34'40.0"N 122°12'26.0"W, Oct 9 to Dec 15 Scout the area (10/9) to ensure visibility and get some local information on the actual location of the town. Then embark with a group of OpenROV explorers to the area to hopefully achieve video footage and test new ROV models. Please join us at Lake Berryessa for this chance to see a sunken city!

Bahia de los Angeles

Oct 4 We're headed down to Bahia de los Angeles, a biosphere reserve dubbed the Galapagos of the North. Like all potential explorers of that sliver of sea, we'll also bring our dog-eared copies of the "Log from the Sea of Cortez."

WSW of Passage Island 2

Passage Island, BC, Oct 3 to Oct 13 Attempting to find more coral in the area of Passage Island BC (near Vancouver). I also want to go go to greater depth and test my ability to control the ROV.

Marine Invasive Species Surveys in Madeira

Oct 2 to Jan 13 We recently started a monitoring program of marine invasive species at the Madeira Archipelago, in Portugal. This program was launched in summer 2013 to investigate the non-indigenous species species already established in Madeiran waters and possible new invasions in the archipelago. For that we are performing surveys in harbors and marinas

Mozambique Channel Crossing

Morombe, Madagascar, Sep 30 to Oct 14 Sailing from the Villanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary in Mozambique to the islet of Andavadoaka near Morombe in Madagascar via the atoll of Bassas da India to explore the underwater world of the warm Agulhas current. These 2 land masses have been separated for roughly 165m years and we want to investigate the rift. The plan is to unintrusively explore the waters under sail and just see what we can see and learn.

Monterey Kelp Forest

Sep 26 to Mar 17 Kelp forests are few and far between. Monterey, CA is home to otters, sea lions, seals, and other extremely cool keystone species that inhabit the towering kelp forest. Let's go check it out.


Sep 29 to Mar 4 CSU Channel Islands' Pacific Institute of Restoration Ecology: Air and Aquatic Robot Research lab will be testing out our first ROV with an array of modifications including gopro mounts! We plan on doing several coastal monitoring trips including trips through the Channel Islands and out to our Santa Rosa Research station.

Galloping Gertie Grave

Les Davis Pier, Sep 25 To set up a means for the public to see and explore the remnants of the old Narrows bridge that was transported and dumped along the Tacoma Waterfront. Exploring the site of the wreckage with students and ROVs and broadcasting the missions to monitors on the close by pier.

Guardian Angels: Rovers Protecting Baby Desert Tortoises

A lifetime of work studying the threatened desert tortoise has taught me about the threats they face. This project will use new tools (internet mediated remotely operated vehicles, lasers, modern tracking technology) to make unprecedented strides in addressing those threats while engaging massive numbers of collaborators.

Recent Observations

Hack-a-thon-a-thon Hack-a-thon n. a gathering of a group of innovators, usually for an extended time and aided by various caffeine products and pizza pies, for the purpose of modifying existing devices with a goal of invention or the refinement of inventions If New York is the city that never sleeps the Bay Area is the region that never stops making stuff up. It's like they forgot to design in an off switch. In the last week I have been hanging out in Berkeley at Open ROV, where they are designing revolutionary exploration submersibles. They're helping Hardshell develop a tortoise observation and protection rover. Yesterday I visited the Auto Desk lab at Pier 9 to get some tortoise shells scanned for 3D printing of raven lures and the day before that I was talking to my friends at Ballistic UAV, creators of Game of Drones. They are ensconced at Highway 1, a business incubator, in San Francisco and we're discussing conservation applications of their copters. I'm on the BART right now to go meet Andrea Barrica, entrepreneur-in-residence with 500 Start-ups. Being around this many people doing this many things that have never been possible before is both exhilarating and exhausting. I feel like Alice just after she fell down the rabbit hole. I love my visits here but I'm ready to go walk in the desert. I need the space to just digest the possibilities. The future has quite a future.

27/3/2015 One month ago today we were making our way up from our first base camp to second base camp. Now I am back in Europe, Andy is back in the USA and Brian possibly in Transit after wrapping up the Ant course at the Biodiversity Center. The expedition ended for Andy and me the night the car broke down and we jumped in the taxi that the car mechanic arrived in. Back to hotel Mahavoky in Fort Dauphin for a few hours sleep before our flight to Tana at 6 am the next morning. From what I've gathered through Brian's Tweets (<a href="/profile/ant_explorer" rel="username">@ant_explorer</a>) the rest of the team spent a few days running all over Fort Dauphin and flying in parts from Tana to get the car fixed in order to leave for their next destination - the spiny bush. Perfect climate for their feet to recover from foot rot. We made it to the summit, but we did not find the ant. I have not fully realized that I may never go back up that mountain again. Brian's experience got us to the summit with such efficiency. Even if I return to Madagascar, reaching that summit again would entail a whole new expedition. The paths we trod and the camps we left behind are still there now, but who knows what will stay. Will our camps become farms? The jungle turned to rice fields? It appears this is what happened to some of the French camp sites after their expedition passed through in 1971. One of the farms we passed on our second day, where we were served manioc, bred (a spinach like leaf vegetable) and given peanuts, could have been their 1st camp. "Finding the ant" remains in the back of my head as a placeholder for some sort of distant goal. Somewhere to head for, while concentrating on all that happens along the way. This feeling is definitely a remnant from my overall experience during this expedition. The biodiversity goal during the expedition was to: - collect the ant - collect lots of other ants along the way Back in the lab: - extract DNA - publish results - use knowledge for conservation Our Dissemination Lab goal (or what I want to call "electro-diversity" goal - more about this in a future post) was to: - be there (and keep up) - build there - bring back stuff The "being there" part was not something I anticipated listing as a goal, that simply being in a new environment would be so incredibly challenging and inspiring. As Andy so nicely put it in two of his journal entries transcribed bellow: "I'm in the jungle and EVERYTHING IS HARD TO DO" (Final Day in Cloud Camp) "The jungle is a ridiculously inspiring place to work" (02-25-2015, Up to Cloud Forest Base Camp) The "building there" part also came more laden with insight than I'd imagined. Making things is simply such a fitting way to explore a new environment. As a process it works similar to a lens through which you can look at things and see them differently. For example I was looking for a good material to make a speaker membrane from - all of a sudden everything I look at becomes a potential material for moving air. I touch, handle and look for things that have ideal properties for amplifying vibrating and moving air. One leaf in particular (still trying to find what plant it was from &gt;&gt; <a href="" data-longurl=""></a>ideawhatplantthisleafisfromfound_in/) worked especially well as a coiled membrane and resonant body. The "bringing stuff back" part entailed what I had expected it would, that we would build stuff and document it to share with the Internet. But besides project documentation we brought back so much more we want to share. If only for entertainment sake, we definitely want to convey the adventurous aspects of the expedition. What we learned by setting up our JungleLab, then realizing we had enough gear with us to easily spend some weeks camped out and making stuff, is high on our list of things to document and publish. All the great exchanges between Andy and myself about why we do what we do... All these things we've brought back, we are currently digesting and slowly sharing in different ways. Here are some project tutorials that are already up online: Ultra-Lightweight Tyvek Backpacking Belt &gt;&gt; <a href="" data-longurl=""></a> Jungle Speakers &gt;&gt; <a href="" data-longurl=""></a> VinPro Camera Head Mount &gt;&gt; <a href="" data-longurl=""></a> Fiber-Optic Jungle Insect Traffic Taster &gt;&gt; <a href="" data-longurl=""></a> One of our evening activities was to draw up individual maps of our trek up to the first base-camp. Then we passed our maps around and explained them to each other. I loved seeing everybody's different drawing styles and from these hand-drawn maps I've compiled a map of our entire route - from Manantanina to the summit and back. Enjoy!

Team Member Blog Post Name: Uriel Lopez Question: What attracts you to the ROV project? Answer: The whole of act creating something that can explore the unknown to me is fascinating and exciting. Open ROV gives me the opportunity to learn a little more about my community and I like how this project contributes to my knowledge of engineering. Q: What did you do today? A: We assembled the main structures and cemented them. We did something to the motors. Q: Where should our ROV go to explore? A: The ROV should explore the various lakes and maybe large pond of Oakland like Lake Merritt and such.


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