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Gulf Coast

Landfill leachate in Louisiana ditches?

by eustatic about 1 month ago | 3 | 270 | 3

Let's take water samples in the Plaquemines ditches on Woodlands Hwy, and discuss how to use p...

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Looking for New Orleans Pole Mappers

by eloisereid 4 months ago | 2 | 479 | 1

Next Week: Tuesday, June 14th, Wednesday the 15th and Thursday 16th I am looking for people who a...

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Reflecting on the Depth Sensor Build

by stevie 5 months ago | 0 | 660 | 5

May 16-19, 2016, Propeller, Public Lab, IDIYA, and Water Works hosted an event to invite communit...

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dronecopter vs kite evaluation: Bayou St John June 5th 2016

by eustatic 5 months ago | 0 | 475 | 2

Compare time spent, quality, and expense of Kite photos of Bayou St John wetland vs photos ...

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Riffing on the riffle for a depth sensor, update from 2014

by eustatic 5 months ago | 0 | 563 | 1

Here's a video of Don at I at 3am, when a lot of progress on the "Dribble", a Riffle for a depth ...

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Depth Sensor Build!

by stevie 6 months ago | 0 | 1,071 | 2

Background image above credit to the New Orleans Advocate, John McCusker Public Lab, IDIYA, ...

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Reporting Forms for Louisiana (and other) pollution events

by eustatic 9 months ago | 5 | 574 | 3

Link a clip from LEAN's [recent guide](

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More research on "gulf-coast" »

Title Last edited Edits Likes
Gulf Coast 9 days ago by stevie 116 16
Barataria Bay Mapping Project 8 months ago by eustatic 40 2
Texas about 1 year ago by liz 8 76
Bayou St. John at Lake Ponchartrain about 1 year ago by liz 22 1
Urban Waters Mapping, NOLA over 1 year ago by stevie 82 4
Gulf Coast 2015 Project Ideas almost 2 years ago by stevie 7 0
Gulf Coast Photography sets to Map almost 3 years ago by eustatic 5 0
Barnraising 2013 almost 3 years ago by Shannon 72 10
Barnraising 2012 about 3 years ago by liz 3 0
Bonnet Carre Spillway over 5 years ago by gonzoearth 12 0

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 3014 Dauphine Street. Stop in and say hello!

Check out some Gulf Coast events:

Title Author Updated Likes
Landfill leachate in Louisiana ditches? @eustatic about 1 month ago
Looking for New Orleans Pole Mappers @eloisereid 4 months ago
Depth Sensor Build! @stevie 6 months ago

Our Gulf Coast Organizers:

Klie Kliebert
Diana Di Leonardo
Scott Eustis
Dan Beavers
Hunter Daniels
Stevie Lewis
Shannon Dosemagen
Eric Kugler


  • You can join other Gulf Coast Public Labbers through our Gulf Coast Google Group,this is how we communicate local events and projects that you can get involved with.

Gulf Coast Google Group

  • 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.).

2016 Project Ideas, edit the page to add yours!

  • Mapping and passive dust sampling in Picayune at sand drying facilities and creosote superfund site. Jan 16th!
  • Soil/garden testing. We're interested in CO, lead and other contaminants.
  • Arthur Ashe garden mapping
  • work with Studio in the Woods -- they are running a neat event on climate change.
  • work on oil remediation idea --Feb
  • explore oil absorption (what can we use for this?)
  • continue wetlands mapping Lake Lery | Bay Uhlan
  • What would a maker space for Biology look like here?
  • Map the restoration sites being funded by the RESTORE act funds --USFWS and PIES?
  • Can we make a biochar kiln?

2016 Projects

Past Projects

2015 2015 Projects

Check out our project Mapping Wetlands in New Orleans! This project brought 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 had the opportunity to learn and use the aerial photography tools to map and monitor the health of our local restoration sites. Learn more about the project on this page.

Oil Testing work. Check out some of our research notes:



  • Barnraising archived information on the Barnraising:
  • 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".



  • 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.


  • 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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