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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 2015 OCEAN71 expedition will take place in Fiskardo, in the northern part of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. The endeavor of this new expedition encompasses two different missions : the survey of underwater remains of a shot and sunk english Beaufighter bomber plane and an ethological approach of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Both missions will deploy innovative survey techniques by air or diving investigations.
We have just ordered an OpenROV v2.8 kit and accessories. Our plan is to view the live feed through an iPad by modifying the Ethernet signal via this method (<a href="http://bit.ly/1PNQtpQ" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1PNQtpQ">bit.ly/1PNQtpQ</a>), and control the ROV with a Bluetooth game controller (<a href="http://amzn.to/1SE9quA" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Famzn.to%2F1SE9quA">amazon.com/gp/product/B00RE6FMD8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref</a>=ohauidetailpageo03_s00). Once we receive our kit, Michael Studivan will begin the build and initial dry testing through December 2015. Starting in 2016, we will do pool checks and eventually, in-water operations at a local coral reef off of Stuart, FL. Check out the embedded video for a description of this local shallow site. We also have two Trident ROVs on pre-order and expect to begin using that platform starting November 2016.
Through the majority of October, students constructed Sea Perch ROVs to familiarize themselves with the process of constructing robots and the technology involved in utilizing them. First, students researched ROV designs and determined whether they wanted to alter the kit design. Then, the construction process began. Students cut and drilled PVC to build the frame, connected the tether cable wires to the motors, waterproofed the motors, mounted the propellers, and assembled the entire control box and circuit board. After construction, students designed a pool competition for the Sea Perch ROVs.
Excitement runs through the girls (and us instructors!) when we take the robot out for its first saltwater testing. For this micro-expedition, we explored the docks and pilings of the Alameda Marina--discovering a surprisingly colorful menagerie of bright orange sponges, ramen-like translucent seaweeds, tiny shrimp-like amphipods--and even a diving cormorant! In addition to recording marine life sightings, girls learned to keep a log of dives with depths and notes on robot performance and maintenance for future reference, since this robot will be traveling back and forth between these OpenROV pilots in California and Hawaii!
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