Community Science Forum

Read about cutting edge techniques in hacking environmental science in our **_Community Science Forum_,** our research journal/archive/zine/map where we share ideas, techniques, and stories. The _Community Science Forum_ is printed on a 22.75x35" sheet of acid-free paper, and includes a full-color reproduction of our projects along with essays, illustrated guides, and interviews. It's a great way to stay abreast of the latest in the DIY environmental science movement. Links provided to online versions of most articles. Through 2019, most issues of the _Community Science Forum_ were designed by longtime Public Lab collaborator [Maria del Carmen Lamadrid](, who has generously agreed to make the template available under [CC-BY-SA license]( Download available [here]( ### [Click here to purchase a subscription]( **** ## Issue 18 Student-Led Community Science Projects (Summer 2021) ### [Download the PDF »](/i/47445) ### Read the Articles [Introduction to Student-Led Community Science Projects]( [Household Recycling in New Orleans]( [Collecting Microplastics in City Park]( [Observing Potholes in Louisiana]( [Calculating a Trash Estimate in the Mississippi River through New Orleans]( [Soil Contamination in Edgard]( [Challenges and Solutions doing Fieldwork]( [From Air to Soil]( [Soil Contamination in St. John the Baptist Parish]( **** ## Issue 17 Cranston Print Works (Fall 2019) [![CSF17COVER.jpg](/i/35560)](/i/35560?s=o) ### [Download the PDF »](/i/38857) ### Read the Articles [Introduction to Cranston Print Works]( [How a Leader and a Community Saved the Sprague Mansion]( [Recipes for Dyes: Chemicals, Metals, and Acids at Cranston Print Works]( [A Wintry Kite Mapping at Cranston Print Works]( [Coqui Water Testing]( [Memories with Molly]( [Immigration in Cranston]( **** ## Issue 16 Odor Logging (Spring 2019) [![33203.jpg](/i/33309)](/i/33309?s=o) ### [Download the PDF »](/i/38860) ### Read the Articles [Smell and Evocative Instrumentation: The history of measuring odors]( [Taking Action: Odors in Court]( [Novel Methods for Assessing Industrial Odors]( [Putting Odor Issues on the Map: Using citizen science to curb odors in the EU]( [How to Use a Transect, illustrated by Sara Sage]( [How to Describe Odors Using FIDO, illustrated by Sara Sage]( **** ## Issue 15 Gulf Coast (Late fall 2018) [![27573.jpg](/i/33310)](/i/33310?s=o) ### [Download the PDF »](/i/38859) ### Read the Articles [Educating a New Generation of Advocates]( [Recharging New Orleans: Rain Barrels and Environmental Justice]( [The Africatown Connections Blueway: Legacy and Rebirth]( [Sustain the Nine: Resilience in the Lower Ninth Ward]( [Fighting the Flood: Community Activism and Education in Pensacola]( **** ## Issue 14 Crisis Convening (Fall 2018) [![27572.jpg](/i/33311)](/i/33311?s=o) ### [Download the PDF »](/i/38854) ### Read the Articles [Show You Can be Free in a Colony]( [For Us, by Us: A Network of Support for Puerto Rico]( [The Importance of Community-based Responders]( **** ## Issue 13 Changing Environmental Governance Landscape (Fall 2017) [![CSF_04_digital.jpg](]( ### [Download the PDF »]( ### [[Order a copy »]] ### Read the Articles [How is the changing environmental governance landscape affecting your work?]( by Public Lab Staff [Back to basics, or a departure from environmental protections? History lends perspective]( by Leif Fredrickson, [Environmental Data and Governance Initiative]( [Silver linings of community science]( by [Gretchen Gehrke](, Public Lab [What's happening with government agencies' environmental justice work?]( by Jill Lindsey Harrison, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder [Let public lands speak for themselves]( by George Dusenbury, GA State Director, [The Trust for Public Land]( [Roll up your sleeves and fight regulatory rollbacks]( by Stacy Shelton [Activate impact: fund boldness]( by Jake Mogan, [The 11th Hour Project]( [Washington is one of many paths to sustainability progress. Green buildings can help]( by Jeremy Sigmon, Director, [Technical Policy, U.S. Green Building Council]( **** ## Issue 12 Water (Winter 2017) [![CSF_03_digital.jpg](]( ### [Download the PDF »]( ### [[Order a copy »]]( ### Read the Articles [Photo Documentation of Frac Sand Mine Surface Water Spills]( by Lee Boland [Hydraulic Fracturing and the Rebirth of Citizen Water Monitoring in the U.S]( by Kirk Jalbert, Manager of Community-Based Research & Engagement, [FracTracker Alliance]( [The Riffle: DIY and Open Source]( by [Don Blair]( and [Mathew Lippincott]( [Pollutant Discharge Permits]( by [Gretchen Gehrke]( [A Sensor Journalist's Story]( by Jillian Clemente [What happens when we use timelapse to monitor blasting at mine sites?]( by Public Lab Staff **** ## Issue 11 Frac Sand (Spring 2016) [![CSF_02_digital.jpg](//](// ### [Download the PDF »]( ### [[Order a copy »]]( ### Read the Articles [What happens when the mining stops? Focus on Reclamation]( by [Gretchen Gehrke](, [Mathew Lippincott]( and Cheryl Miller [History of Community Air Monitoring in Western Wisconsin]( by [Mathew Lippincott]( [Airborne Silica and Regulations]( by [Gretchen Gehrke]( [Interview with Pat Popple]( by [Stevie Lewis]( [Visual Reporting on Air Quality: EPA Method 9]( by [Stevie Lewis]( [Using Photographs in Fighting Mining Companies]( by Forest Jahnke, [Crawford Stewardship Project]( [Local Knowledge and Aerial Imagery]( by Mary Kenosian [Documenting Runoff with Photography]( by [Gretchen Gehrke]( ---- ## Issue 10 DIY Oil Testing (Winter 2016) [![CSF_digital.jpg](//](// ### [Download the PDF »]( ### [Order a copy »]( ### Read the Articles [Announcing Spectral Workbench 2]( by [Jeffrey Warren]( [DIY Oil Testing]( by [Jeffrey Warren]( , [Stevie Lewis]( and [Gretchen Gehrke]( [Using the Oil Testing Kit with Gulf Coast Communities]( by [Stevie Lewis]( [DIY Oil Testing Narratives]( by [Ann Chen]( [Oil Sheen Testing]( by [Matej Vakula]( [Spectometer Intensity Calibration]( by [Yagiz Sutcu]( [Collecting Oil Sheen on Newtown Creek, Dutch Kills, Queens, NY]( by [Matej Vakula]( and [nameiswillis]( ---- ## Issue 9 Land Management Issue (Oct 2015) [![Issue_9.png](//](// ### [Download the PDF »]( ### [Order a copy »]( ### Read the Articles [Gardening Toolkit Case Study]( [Photo Monitoring Plugin for NDVI Using Image J]( by Ned Horning [FarmHack]( by [Dorn Cox]( and Severine von Tscharner Fleming [PhotoSynq]( by Greg Austic Planet Leafiest ([Nighthawk Panorama]( and [Return to Planet LEAFFEST]( by [Chris Fastie]( ---- ## Issue 8 The Urban Waters Issue (July 2015) [![GMF-8-Cover.png](]( ### [Download the PDF »]( ### [Order a copy »]( ### Read the Articles [About the Urban Waters Project](/wiki/urban-waters-mapping-nola) [An Ode to Maps by Diana Di Leonardo](/wiki/GMF-8-An-Ode-To-Maps) [By Molly Gordon](/wiki/gmf-8-molly-gordon) [By Amy LeGaux](/wiki/gmf-8-Amy-LeGaux) [Announcing Mapknitter 2.0 by the Web Working Group](/notes/warren/02-13-2015/announcing-mapknitter-2-0) ---- ## Issue 7 The 5 Year Anniversary Issue (May 2015) [![GMF-7-cover.jpg](]( ### [Order a copy »]( ### [Download the PDF »]( ### Read the Articles [Public Lab Five Year Retrospective]( by [Shannon Dosemagen]( [How to Get Involved with Public Lab]( illustrated by [Molly Danielsson]( [A History of Crediting Hardware Contributions]( by [Mathew Lippincott]( [Coder Crisis: Attracting Software Developers to Public Lab]( by [Justin Manley](, [Bryan Bonvallet](, [Jeff Warren](, and [Molly Danielsson]( ---- ## Issue 6 The Waste Issue (Q3 2014) [![GM_Forum_20140909_just_cover_for_web.jpg](]( Issue 6 explores trash in all its many forms. ### [Order a copy »]( [Download a PDF copy](") [Download the centerfold featuring an activity for estimating the volume of your local landfill](") * A full color map or the Trans-Load America Pondview Waste Facility. * [Touch, Collect, Display, Order, Mesasure, Map, Inflate, and Build with Waste!]( by ([Pablo Rey Mazón](, Basurama) * [Mapping Waste When Waste is Invisible]( ([Max Liboiron]( * [Detritivore Design]( ([Mathew Lippincott]( * [Connecting with our Landfills]( ([Nicholas Johnson]( * [Estimating the Volume and Weight of Waste]( ([Holden Sparacino]( * Saugus Ash Landfill, MA ([Pablo Rey Mazón]( * 3D Modelling Waste Piles with SFM ([Pat Coyle]( ---- ## Issue 5 The International Issue (Q2 2014)  [![GMF_5_Cover.jpg](]( Issue 5 is focused on highlighting the Public Lab community around the world. It's also our first edition printed in color. ### [Order a copy »]( [Download a PDF copy](") [Download a PDF copy of the Map of Silwan](") * [Full color map of Silwan](, Jerusalem created through participatory mapping with children from Silwan. * La Valld'Uixó cover by Basurama (Pablo Rey Mazón and Rubén Lorenzo) using MapKnitter. * [Thoughts on Better Tools for Mapping]( from [Hagit Keysar](/profile/hagitkeysar) in Jerusalem. * [Interview]( with [Pablo Rey Mazón](/profile/pablol), developer at and waste researcher with Basurama by [Shannon Dosemagen](/profile/shannon) * [Exploring Science Beyond Exams in Hong Kong]( by Fan Lok-yi * [Mapping along the Rio Hondo River in Belize]( by [Pat Coyle](/profile/patcoyle) * [Tools for Stalling Eviction]( by María del Carmen Lamadrid. ---- ## Issue 4 (fall 2013) [![GMF4-detail.jpg](]( Issue 4 is focused on long term research in the **New York City chapter**. ### [Order a copy »]( [Download a PDF copy]( * Full color maps featuring sewage overflows in the Gowanus Canal and oyster reef restoration in the Bronx River * [Tracking recreated wetlands in Jamaica Bay]( with [Gena Wirth](/profiles/gwirth) and the Dredge Collective * Jamaica Bay cover illustration by [Gena Wirth](/profiles/gwirth) * [Interview with founding board member and New York City research lead]( [Eymund Diegel](/profile/eymund-diegel) by [Shannon Dosemagen](/profile/shannon) * [Two-tether mapping method]( by [Natasia Sidharta](/profile/natasia) * [GLAM Mission]( by Hans Hesselein * [Five Borough Farm]( by [Philip Silva](/profile/p_silva_82) and [Liz Barry](/profile/liz) * and much more! ---- ## Issue 3 (spring 2013) [![GMF_3_cover.jpg](]( Issue 3 is an in depth look at **community organizing in the Public Lab community**. ### [Order a copy »]( [Download a PDF copy](/system/images/photos/000/007/787/original/GM_Forum_3_web.pdf) * A full color, wall-ready [map of downtown Oakland]( and of [UC Davis]( during the Occupy protests with notes from the cartographer and mappers * [An interview with citizen scientist organizer Cindy Regalado]( ([Shannon Dosemagen](/people/shannon)) * [Protest Mapping]( ([Oscar Brett](/people/Oscar-Brett)) * Organizing Public Lab ([Shannon Dosemagen](/people/shannon)) * [Open Sourcing Jerusalem?]( ([Hagit Keysar](/people/hagitkeysar)) * Barnstars! ([Liz Barry](/people/liz)) * [Civic and Citizen Science: the Cocodrie Barnraising heats up]( (dialog from the Public Lab 2012 Barnraising) ---- ## Issue 2 (summer 2012) [![GMF_2_Cover.jpg](]( ### [Order a copy »]( [Download a PDF copy]( * A full color wall-ready [map of the Chandeleur Islands](/map/chandeleur-islands-louisiana/2010-05-09) with notes from the ground and bios of the mappers. * [UAS Ethics: A dialogue on Unpiloted Aerial System]( (drone) ethics between privacy lawyers, drone developers, and balloon-loving grassroots mappers. (ed. [Mathew Lippincott](/people/mathew), including [Amie Stepanovich]( and [Coby Leuschke]( * [DIY Near-Infrared Imaging]( ([Chris Fastie](/people/cfastie) and [Jeff Warren](/people/warren)) * [An interview with]( [Scott Eustis](/people/eustatic) [of the Gulf Restoration Network]( ([Shannon Dosemagen](/people/shannon)) * Quick, fun activities you can do to get involved in Grassroots Mapping! ---- ## Issue 1 (summer 2011) **Sold out!** * A full color wall-ready map of an island in Barataria Bay showing oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill * An interview with Gulf Coast resident Barbara Marcotte (Shannon Dosemagen * Details on how to get started balloon or kite mapping (Jeff Warren) * _[Reimagining the data lifecycle](/notes/warren/07-01-2014/reimagining-the-data-lifecycle)_ by [Shannon Dosemagen](/profile/shannon) and [Jeff Warren](/profile/warren) Pre-press version (not the final edition which went to press): gmf-1-prepress-small.pdf ---- ### Get involved Learn about and get involved in writing, editing, publishing, promoting, and distributing the forum on [the forum planning page](/wiki/forum-planning). ### Using Content from Grassroots Mapping Forum The Forum is a [Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike]( licensed document. If you'd like to use content from it, go ahead! Mathew can provide high-res artwork and original files if those are helpful to you, just send an e-mail to [![GM_Forum_20131025_Page_2.jpg](]( CSF17.pdf ...

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addisonsophia "One of the mandatory things to do to improve writing is to create a basic understanding of the topic that you are going to write, then you got to g..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
Eddison "Hello, nice to say hello, have you done quality TEST of Mapir3? and test with respect to the values ​​with a multispectral camera such as SEQUIOA o..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
Eddison "Hola, un gusto saludarles, han realizado TEST de calidad de Mapir3? y test con respecto los valores con una camara multiespectral como SEQUIOA o Re..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
nedhorning "Hi Gianni, - We are working on a new python-based version of the plugs and that will have the ability to correct dual-photo setups like yours. It w..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
Gianni_Gadaleta "Hello Ned, Hello Chris, I'm reading the manual on the use of PhotoMonitoring, and specifically the section on "Calculate image calibration coeffici..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
cfastie "The Photo Monitoring plugin allows any band (R,G,B) to be used as the visible band (VIS). With the Mapir camera, all three bands from the RED camer..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
Gianni_Gadaleta "Good news people. It seems that the problem is represented by the compatibility of the versions of Fiji and Photo Monitoring. Installing the versio..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
peppepegasus "Hi, I used the posted images to create NDVI map but I have some exceptions as in figure: this is the content of the log file: LOG Geting SIFT ..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
cfastie "Those photos of the cool old ruins work fine in Fiji, and the mosaic images from ICE also work in Fiji. The Photo Monitoring plugins stopped worki..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
peppepegasus "Hi Chris, these photos are a mosaic of different pictures. The mosaic program used Is Microsoft ICE. These are 2 pictures not mosaic. Thanks. " | Read more » about 8 years ago
cfastie "Are those photos mosaics of more than one photo? What program did you use to combine the photos? That program might not be making jpegs that Fiji l..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
peppepegasus "Hi, images are in jpg format. You can find 2 pictures in a previous my comment. These are other 2 pictures: " | Read more » about 8 years ago
nedhorning "Do you know the file format of your images? I appears that ImageJ can't read them. If you send me one pair of images and I'll see if I can find the..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
peppepegasus "Hi, I created the photo pair file from the menu as in figure: So I selected the Vis directory and Nir dir but I have these error and exc..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
cfastie "When you get to the step here: Note that it is asking for a "Photo Pair File." This is made with the plugin called "Create dual image list." It..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
peppepegasus "Hi all, I'm sorry for my late reply. I installed Fiji on a Windows remote virtual machine. From Plugins menu I selected Photo monitoring and Dual I..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
peppepegasus "Thanks guys. Tomorrow I move on a windows virtual machine. The content of the log.txt file is: PARAMETER SETTINGS: Use backup registration method ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
nedhorning "Hi peppepegasus - I don't have a package for the Mac at this point since I don't have a Mac. You can try to follow these instructions from a prev..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "I'm not sure about your installation problems. Maybe @nedhorning can help. I'm also not sure about the other error. To use two photos to make NDVI..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
peppepegasus "Hi Chris, thank you for the support. I tried to install on my Mac Fiji/Image J (I suppose your image is obtained with Fiji) but when I installed (P..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "Those photos look good. I used the Photo monitoring plugin to make the NDVI image below. I used the blue channels from both photos because these pr..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
peppepegasus "Hi, these are the original images. Nir camera acquires in the region of near infrared, 808nm of lenghtwave (specifications: http://www.mapir...." | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "All of the NDVI values are very low. Could you also post the original photos and maybe we can see what kind of NDVI we get. Could you describe what..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
liz "Thank you so much for writing this -- it's an incredible portrait of community attribution through history, one that shows, i think, some innovativ..." | Read more » about 9 years ago