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New NDVI colormap

by cfastie | about 8 hours ago | 1 | 127 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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balloon-mapping


New Orleans Training Event!

by stevie | about 8 hours ago | 1 | 40 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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balloon-mapping


Sky Cam - User Guide

by mercyorangi | 10 days ago | 5 | 326 views | 4

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 | 12 days ago | 0 | 266 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 | about 8 hours ago | 1 | 127 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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kite-mapping


Trash of Bayou St John

by eustatic | 12 days ago | 0 | 198 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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kite-mapping


Titan 2 IR flight

by cfastie | 19 days ago | 2 | 558 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 | 28 days ago | 0 | 274 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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3D Printed CCD Spectrometer (WheeTrometer 3.0)

by bhickman | about 5 hours ago | 0 | 47 views | 1

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 | 1 day ago | 0 | 259 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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Clips for the next spectrometer

by mathew | 7 days ago | 4 | 240 views | 1

What I want to do find and test a clip that works with the bench design @warren and I brainstormed for the next spectrometer design.. My attempt ...

What I want to do find and test a clip that works with the bench design @warren and I brainstormed for the next spectrometer design.. My attempt ...

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Ultra micro cuvette tests, UV LED and low-temperature fluorescence

by warren | 8 days ago | 1 | 183 views | 0

What I want to do Just posting a variety of small tests I've done over the past few days, based a bit on the literature I've been looking through ...

What I want to do Just posting a variety of small tests I've done over the past few days, based a bit on the literature I've been looking through ...

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New NDVI colormap

by cfastie | about 8 hours ago | 1 | 127 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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near-infrared-camera


L E A F F E S T

by cfastie | about 22 hours ago | 0 | 241 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 | 18 days ago | 0 | 323 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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Canon SD4000IS as Infragram

by warren | 18 days ago | 9 | 340 views | 1

What I want to do We'd struggled a year ago to get a CMOS-sensor based Canon SD4000IS working as an Infragram modified camera, so when @nedhorning...

What I want to do We'd struggled a year ago to get a CMOS-sensor based Canon SD4000IS working as an Infragram modified camera, so when @nedhorning...

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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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thermal-photography


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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