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.
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.
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.
I know it's been a while since the last post, School is a lot of work, but the OpenROV IS ALMOST DONE!!!!!!!!!!!! It will most likely be finished sometime in April, I'm just waiting on the batteries
With the launch date for the buoy drawing near, I am wondering what Organizations might be interested in telemetry from the Buoy. The telemetry will include: lat/long Air temp/pressure wind speed/direction water temp/ph The telemetry can be received from the buoy anywhere from every 5 minutes to hours. Time and telemetry settings are adjustable. Just thought I would throw it out to the Open Explorers to see if any Orgs would be interested in the data. Thx The pic attached is the test bucket. THat solar panel has been immersed in water for 6 months now. Every few weeks i take it out and test the panel to see if there is any corrosion or damage to it. So far so good!
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/