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18 Jul 16:20 34,136 views | Last edited by stevie 10 days ago

EPA and Public Lab Revitalize Urban Waters in New Orleans

by Shannon | 10 days ago | 0 | 303 views | 1

Below is a Press Release issued from EPA Region (original release can be found here). Additional ...

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A New Orleans Event

by stevie | 19 days ago | 2 | 464 views | 1

Join us for an evening of exploring spectrometry! Could you identify a substance just by looking...

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Team Orca resurrected --Gulf Monitoring Consortium test for BP tar

by eustatic | about 1 month ago | 5 | 512 views | 2

Draft Reflections on the Alpha Oil Testing Kit [to be continued] Team Orca has rolled over. E...

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[GMC] [reference] on the need to monitor for Persistant Dispersant chemicals

by eustatic | about 1 month ago | 2 | 542 views | 1

Industry and US Government may be wrong on dispersant Corexit http://publiclab.org/notes/eustati...

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Bayou St John, first sproutings and west protection berm

by eustatic | about 1 month ago | 2 | 403 views | 2

Summahtime Bright summer day, little wind, but big kite and reel power equals map big PL kit ki...

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Barataria 2014: VI June 12th

by eustatic | about 1 month ago | 2 | 518 views | 1

tide and weather info KXPY this survey was done with a peak in the tide around 1pm. What ...

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Tips on Sorting on Windows, including re-naming filenames

by eustatic | about 1 month ago | 5 | 462 views | 2

To Grind or to Automate? During the Barataria work, mapknitters have found that sorting the imag...

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Mississippi Phosphates: Better air for Alice

by stevie | 2 months ago | 11 | 478 views | 0

My research interest: Jackson County is Mississippi's 'most industrialized county' with 12 facil...

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Barnraising 2013 9 months ago by Shannon 72 9,521 3
Barnraising 2012 12 months ago by liz 3 1,638 0
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EPA and Public Lab Revitalize Urban Waters in New Orleans

by Shannon | 10 days ago | 0 | 303 views | 1

Below is a Press Release issued from EPA Region (original release can be found here). Additional information on EPA Urban Waters grants in the Regi...

Below is a Press Release issued from EPA Region (original release can be found here). Additional information on EPA Urban Waters grants in the Regi...

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A New Orleans Event

by stevie | 19 days ago | 2 | 464 views | 1

Join us for an evening of exploring spectrometry! Could you identify a substance just by looking at it? By smelling it? By touch? Or dare you tast...

Join us for an evening of exploring spectrometry! Could you identify a substance just by looking at it? By smelling it? By touch? Or dare you tast...

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Team Orca resurrected --Gulf Monitoring Consortium test for BP tar

by eustatic | about 1 month ago | 5 | 512 views | 2

Draft Reflections on the Alpha Oil Testing Kit [to be continued] Team Orca has rolled over. Eustis, Henderson, Jen (adios), Kearney (out of poc...

Draft Reflections on the Alpha Oil Testing Kit [to be continued] Team Orca has rolled over. Eustis, Henderson, Jen (adios), Kearney (out of poc...

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[GMC] [reference] on the need to monitor for Persistant Dispersant chemicals

by eustatic | about 1 month ago | 2 | 542 views | 1

Industry and US Government may be wrong on dispersant Corexit http://publiclab.org/notes/eustatic/4-20-2012/370nm-uv-detection-corexit-dispersed-o...

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Announcement!

Public Lab's Gulf Coast Chapter is proud to announce that we are the recipients of a 2014 EPA Urban Waters Grant!

This exciting new project will bring together volunteers and local community members to discover and use Public Lab technologies to track the progress of eight urban wetland restoration projects near Lake Pontchartrain. Through training sessions and field work, Gulf Coast residents will have the opportunity to learn and use the arial photography tools to map and monitor the health of our local restoration sites. To get involved sign up for the plots-GulfCoast mailing list and stay tuned for workshops and mapping events!

Welcome to The Public Lab Gulf Coast Page

We are: engaged citizens, researchers, educators, community organizers, hackers, more and all of the above! Since 2010 we’ve been working hard on spearheading many projects, developing DIY technology and spending time in the community working to celebrate our natural resources and the protection of them.

Some of our projects have included mapping of the BP Oil Spill in 2010, continued mapping and monitoring of the Barataria Bay focusing on the importance of our wetlands and restoration and working with other public labbers to develop the DIY spectrometer! For a better view of our projects and the people involved in them, see our timeline below, the research tab and search the tag gulf-coast on the Public Lab page.

Our office is located in New Orleans, LA at 4035 Washington Ave. Stop in and say hello!

Our Gulf Coast Organizers:

Scott Eustis
Dan Beavers
Hunter Daniels
Stevie Lewis
Shannon Dosemagen
Eric Kugler

Join

  • You can join other Gulf Coast Public Labbers through our Gulf Coast Google Group Join the Public Laboratory community and sign up for the plots-GulfCoast mailing list, this is how we communicate local events and projects that you can get involved with.
  • If you're interested in proposing a project, want to conduct your own mapping session or just want to hear about how you can get involved please contact us through the google group, and we'll help you get started (equipment, training, finding volunteers, etc.).

2014 Plans and Projects

  • Samples with Spectrometry! August 31st at Propeller! For more information visit our page here.

  • Save the Date for the 2014 annual Barnraising in Cocodrie, Louisiana! We'll be convening for our annual gathering from November 13-16, 2014.

  • MapKnitter Club meetings! If you're interested in the technical side of making maps and want to get involved, please join the plots-gulfcoast@googlegroups.com to hear about ongoing mapknitting and plans.

  • Starting in 2014, Public Lab will be starting the new Homebrew Sensing Project.

  • We have completed the mapping project of the Barataria Bay. Stay tuned for the upcoming publication!

  • Public Lab participated in DredgeFest: Mapping five sites ahead of time and collaborating with the Dredge Research Collective to create annotated maps that were used in the main DredgeFest event in January 2014.

Past Projects

2013

  • Barnraising archived information on the Barnraising: http://publiclab.org/wiki/barnraising-2013.

  • Public Lab received a grant from Patagonia Clothing Company to do aerial mapping of twenty sites in Barataria Bay that grassroots mappers had previously worked at in 2011. The project is set to run between October 2013 and October 2014.

  • Public Lab has been working with a team at NASA DEVELOP, based at Stennis Space Station, using the DIY spectrometer to look at refinery flares. To view related research notes, search for the tag "flare".

2012

2011

  • We produced our second paper map (with the support of DevelopmentSeed) of Wilkinson Bay.

  • Worked to provide digital archives of collected images to libraries across the Gulf Coast.

  • Focused our mapping restoration and remediation efforts in the Louisiana wetlands.

  • Continued the mapping of the Barataria Bay region in partnership with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

  • Connected with researchers regarding data use and potential collaborations.

  • Worked to develop and test out new PLOTS tools- infrared and UV cameras.

  • Tested out a time lapse camera that will be mounted in a wetland area near Cocodrie, LA.

  • Tested the Hydrogen Sulfide sensor in development

Grassroots Mapping: Kickstarter Pitch from TungstenMonkey on Vimeo.

2010-2011 The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Mapping

Since May 2010, we have been using balloon mapping to capture aerial imagery of spill-affected sites in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Our work on the Gulf Coast in 2010, was done in cooperation with groups such as the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the University of South Alabama on a community-led monitoring of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The data has been gathered can be viewed in:

the Public Laboratory Archive »

More images and information can be found at:

While mapping the oil spill, we were not trying to duplicate the satellite or flyover imagery (though we helped to coordinate some of the flyovers and tried to ensure that the data was publicly accessible). Instead, we were helping Gulf Coast residents to use balloons, kites, and other simple and inexpensive tools to produce their own documentation of the disaster and hoping that such data collection will continue to support environmental research, policy, and regulatory changes in coming years.

How-to Mapping Guides

Look at our 4-page PDF guide to get started.

Equipment:

  • Canon cameras or Android phones (see Balloon Mapping Materials)
  • Weather balloons (5 feet diameter or more)
  • string, lots of string

Mapping Resources


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