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New NDVI colormap

by cfastie | 5 days ago | 8 | 371 views | 2

NDVI is an index (a unit-free number) related to how much photosynthetic activity is occurring. An single NDVI value can be determined for an indiv...

NDVI is an index (a unit-free number) related to how much photosynthetic activity is occurring. An single NDVI value can be determined for an indiv...

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New Orleans Training Event!

by stevie | 5 days ago | 2 | 145 views | 0

Event details At this event, we will learn about Public Lab aerial mapping. We will go over how aerial mapping works including the tools we use, t...

Event details At this event, we will learn about Public Lab aerial mapping. We will go over how aerial mapping works including the tools we use, t...

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Sky Cam - User Guide

by mercyorangi | 15 days ago | 5 | 409 views | 5

Overview The Sky Cam application user guide is elaborated in 4 sections as seen below. If you do not have the app as yet, please skip to step 1 b...

Overview The Sky Cam application user guide is elaborated in 4 sections as seen below. If you do not have the app as yet, please skip to step 1 b...

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Philadelphia Night Market Balloon Flight

by SeanKMcGinnis | 17 days ago | 0 | 298 views | 2

Last night was the Philadelphia Night Market and we were asked to come down with the Department of Making and Doing. It was difficult to fly the ...

Last night was the Philadelphia Night Market and we were asked to come down with the Department of Making and Doing. It was difficult to fly the ...

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New NDVI colormap

by cfastie | 5 days ago | 8 | 371 views | 2

NDVI is an index (a unit-free number) related to how much photosynthetic activity is occurring. An single NDVI value can be determined for an indiv...

NDVI is an index (a unit-free number) related to how much photosynthetic activity is occurring. An single NDVI value can be determined for an indiv...

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kite-mapping


Trash of Bayou St John

by eustatic | 17 days ago | 0 | 239 views | 1

A Space for Everything, but not Everything has a Place During my time with Public Lab, we have been photoing the Restoration of Bayou St John, a s...

A Space for Everything, but not Everything has a Place During my time with Public Lab, we have been photoing the Restoration of Bayou St John, a s...

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Titan 2 IR flight

by cfastie | 24 days ago | 2 | 589 views | 2

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing where in May I had documented skidder trails from a l...

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing where in May I had documented skidder trails from a l...

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Louisiana Master Naturalist Map fo Elmer's Island Spr 2014

by eustatic | about 1 month ago | 0 | 297 views | 1

a kite map made of Elmer's Island, a dynamic land feature, as part of the Louisiana master naturalist classes in spring 2014. It was a windy sunny...

a kite map made of Elmer's Island, a dynamic land feature, as part of the Louisiana master naturalist classes in spring 2014. It was a windy sunny...

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ramanPi - The 3D Printable Raspberry Pi Raman Spectrometer

by flatCat | 4 days ago | 6 | 368 views | 3

What I want to do: Build a Raman Spectrometer based on a Raspberry Pi, make it 3D Printable and customizable.. An open source 3D Printable Raman ...

What I want to do: Build a Raman Spectrometer based on a Raspberry Pi, make it 3D Printable and customizable.. An open source 3D Printable Raman ...

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Clips for the next spectrometer, pt 2

by mathew | 5 days ago | 1 | 241 views | 1

What I want to do try out some clips I bought and figure how they fit in a new spectrometer design. The clips My frontrunner favorite was th...

What I want to do try out some clips I bought and figure how they fit in a new spectrometer design. The clips My frontrunner favorite was th...

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3D Printed CCD Spectrometer (WheeTrometer 3.0)

by bhickman | 7 days ago | 3 | 324 views | 6

What we want to do: We want to provide an open source and affordable CCD photodiode array spectrometer. The goal is to have 1 nm wavelength resolu...

What we want to do: We want to provide an open source and affordable CCD photodiode array spectrometer. The goal is to have 1 nm wavelength resolu...

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L E A F F E S T

by cfastie | 8 days ago | 3 | 411 views | 2

Above: Group aerie at LEAFFEST 2012. WHAT: An annual meetup to refine Public Lab tools and brainstorm new ones. WHEN: September 13 and 14 (Satu...

Above: Group aerie at LEAFFEST 2012. WHAT: An annual meetup to refine Public Lab tools and brainstorm new ones. WHEN: September 13 and 14 (Satu...

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Analyzing NDVI Imagery Using Blender

by unsignedint | 1 day ago | 4 | 295 views | 3

Blender Blender is a Free Software for 3D modeling and rendering. The software also contains an extensive suite of image adjustments and compositi...

Blender Blender is a Free Software for 3D modeling and rendering. The software also contains an extensive suite of image adjustments and compositi...

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near-infrared-camera


New NDVI colormap

by cfastie | 2 days ago | 5 | 237 views | 1

NDVI is an index (a unit-free number) related to how much photosynthetic activity is occurring. An single NDVI value can be determined for an indiv...

NDVI is an index (a unit-free number) related to how much photosynthetic activity is occurring. An single NDVI value can be determined for an indiv...

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L E A F F E S T

by cfastie | 3 days ago | 0 | 288 views | 1

Above: Group aerie at LEAFFEST 2012. WHAT: An annual meetup to refine Public Lab tools and brainstorm new ones. WHEN: September 13 and 14 (Satu...

Above: Group aerie at LEAFFEST 2012. WHAT: An annual meetup to refine Public Lab tools and brainstorm new ones. WHEN: September 13 and 14 (Satu...

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Curriculum for Infragram

by amandaf | 20 days ago | 0 | 345 views | 0

What we want to do Create four lesson plans for middle and high school teachers to introduce IR photography, Infragram Sandbox, and environmental ...

What we want to do Create four lesson plans for middle and high school teachers to introduce IR photography, Infragram Sandbox, and environmental ...

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Thermal Fishing Bob Presentation from the NE Barnraising

by Kaya9804 | about 1 month ago | 3 | 695 views | 1

For anyone interested, here is the presentation from the Thermal Fishing Bob demo that I led at the NE Barn-Rasing this past weekend. If you have ...

For anyone interested, here is the presentation from the Thermal Fishing Bob demo that I led at the NE Barn-Rasing this past weekend. If you have ...

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Making Pedagogy: Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops

by Sara | 2 months ago | 0 | 934 views | 4

Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops A striking example of how scientific data can be beautiful, this “data rich i...

Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops A striking example of how scientific data can be beautiful, this “data rich i...

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Successful Thermal Fishing Bob Maps!

by Sara | 3 months ago | 0 | 1,342 views | 1

What I want to do I wanted to work with my undergrad courses at Northeastern this semester to further develop the Thermal Fishing Bob project and ...

What I want to do I wanted to work with my undergrad courses at Northeastern this semester to further develop the Thermal Fishing Bob project and ...

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Open-Lux REV-N: Full Circle

by donblair | 3 months ago | 3 | 1,388 views | 1

(This is a quick note to post materials I've gathered after updating the Open-Lux design -- will flesh out this research note tomorrow ...) Summar...

(This is a quick note to post materials I've gathered after updating the Open-Lux design -- will flesh out this research note tomorrow ...) Summar...

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