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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 Rare OpenROV Double-Phoenix How many 2.3 bits can you find on this table? Answer: too many. Thanks to a quick tour through the OpenROV HQ Scrap Bin, I managed to scrounge up an extra brain for my Kickstarter original 2.3. This poor blue creature never quite made it into the ocean, so one of the major goals for the Forever Expedition is to finally get this little bot back in the field. Digging through the wiring from my original brain was a humbling exploration in to just how far I've come as a maker in the last three years. 2012 Andrew's solder joints look terrible, the original Beaglebone was fried thanks to a brutally obvious short circuit, and at least one coil on each motor was damaged beyond repair. This new Franken-2.3 has a new Beaglebone White, new motors, and I've hacked in the Tenda topside adapter to replace the old ETS Baluns. But that's not all. In addition to the 2.3, you might also spot a hodge-podge of parts from 2.5s, 2.6s, and 2.7s This hybrid beast will form the heart of an Art Bot that I'm putting together for an ocean acidification outreach project that I'm working on, I've always wondered how many of the original Kickstarter kits made it into the ocean. If you have one that you've managed to take to sea, let me know in the comments!
Mission Day 3 OpenRov 2.7 testing. Upgraded system is digitally finalized before getting used to the settings and cruise controls. Electronics, power and motor are checked. Balance and buoyancy controls are also tested making sure all systems are clear and watertight. Remote control testing finally helps the crew getting used to the handling of the OpenROV underwater.
First stop on the Millennial Trains Project: Los Angeles. I stopped by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to check out some of their citizen science projects to track the spread of invasive species, including Eastern grey squirrels and assorted invasive reptiles. I was fortunate enough to go behind the scenes to see some of the museum's invasive specimens. Here's a look at one of the preserved Eastern grey squirrels.
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