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Daily Blog for Ryan Boarman

Back in Long Beach

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

July 2, 2012

Today everyone was a little tired from a full day of traveling back to Long Beach. We met at the GIS lab to continue our projects and research. For the whole day I worked on creating shapefiles from eCognition segmentations from the UAV imagery to create a species level shapefile. Now that I have the shapefiles for the selected species, I will be able to get the statistics from ERDAS to potentially compare to the spectral readings generated from the spectrometer in the field.

I would prefer to be in Kauai doing the analysis.

Back to the (Long) Beach

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

July 1st, 2012

Returned to Long Beach. Data analysis for the next 5 days.


Go Beach!

Final Day in Kauai

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

June 30th

Today we packed our bags and equipment for our departure tomorrow. Around noon we headed to the beach for a BBQ and fun in the sun.


I really enjoyed doing research on Kauai and do hope to return soon to do more.


Tomorrow we head back to Long Beach for a week to do data analysis.



chickens running wild

Posted on June 30, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

June 29, 2012

This was our last day in the field. We loaded into the vans one last time and headed towards our study site. Our goal for today was to take any last minute data for our analysis next week in Long Beach. We walked along the cliffs taking several points of native vegetation. This will help us confirm our classifications during our analysis.

The second half of the day we headed back to NTBG to continue working on our projects and compile and exchange data sets. It’s been a great two weeks in the field, Tomorrow we will pack, relax, and enjoy our last full day in Kauai before leaving on Sunday.




data data data

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

June 26, 2012

Today we spent the whole day in the lab. I started some of my analysis on the spectral band analysis, I am using eCognition to do the analysis, which I am getting help from Briton. My group and I also prepared for a group presentation. All groups had to present what research they have been doing while on Kauai. Next week in Long Beach we will continue the analysis and create a poster. We only have 2 more days in Kauai to finish up our data collection and enjoy the weather.


Posted on June 28, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

June 28, 2012

Today I went in the field with Jake to take more spectral signature of native and invasive plants around the gird. We continued inside the grid sampling native species. After around 4 samples, I wanted to take a couple spectral signatures of invasive plants. We sampled Halle Koa, which is the dominate alien species on the island. We also got a spectral reading of the dirt road, this is easy to pick out from aerial photography, it will serve as a good sample point.

After a half day in the field we went to the lab to analyze some of our data we collected from the past 2 days. We have a presentation tomorrow about team and individual projects. I started my object based analysis in ecognition, I have never used this program so the learning curve was high, but I got the hang of it after playing around.



Sunglasses overboard

Posted on June 27, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

June 26, 2012

This morning I went to the grid with Jake to take spectral readings of native plant species. I learned how to set up, calibrate, and take the spectral reading of plants. I found native plants that were bigger so I can pick them out easier in the high resolution imagery. Today we sampled 6 plants; we took 5 samples of each plant so we can find an average. Lida helped us out and showed us the grid system and gave us suggestions of plants we should take spectral readings of. I want to take a couple more samples tomorrow to build a larger spectral library of native plants.

In the afternoon we went to the harbor to paddle an outrigger canoe. Ted and John knew the local paddling team; they let us use one of their canoe to paddle around.  The water was very calm which made it easy for us to learn to paddle.


We only have 4 more days left on Kauai, I need to make sure I get all my data so I can do all my analysis while in Long Beach.

I don’t want to leave…

been bloggin

Posted on June 26, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

June 25, 2012

The research is underway on Kauai. Today was a lab day. We processed data we generated from GPS and Trimbles, inserted them into ArcGIS and played around with them. We also discussed our individual projects. I am going to look at species level spectral signatures. I am going to compare the spectral signatures I get from the spectrometer and compare them to the spectral signatures I find from using WorldViewer imagery and ecognition.

I need to start generating a spectral library of different native and invasive plant species.



Sea turtles

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

June 24, 2012
We woke up at 4:20 today to head to a nearby harbor. After loading up two zodiac boats full of gear and people we took off as the sun was rising. We rode along the coast watching all of the cliffs pass us. Our destination, Nu’alolo Kai. This state park is a beautiful park, many films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, and King Kong were filmed here. It has very tall volcanic cliffs with green vegetation. On Nu’alolo Kai Burney took us on a tour of the giant Heaiu and the native plant species he started several years ago. He is trying to restore Nu’alolo Kai with plant species found during the archaeological digs. The goats here prevent most native plants to grow here.

I helped out setting up and clearing an area where we used the GPR, this device sends radar into the ground to look for any disturbances beneath the ground.
Once we ate lunch we relaxed on the sand and went snorkeling. Most of the reef is dead, but there were still some fish and I saw my first sea turtle.

Overall a great beautiful day with good vibes and great people


Waimea Canyon

Posted on June 24, 2012 by Ryan Boarman

June 23, 2012
Today we went to Waimea canyon. It was an amazing site to see with very lush vegetation. We got to see different types of native highland species. The canyon is very diverse and has many different types of species. Once we make a model of our study site, the canyon is a potential area to apply the model to see potentially find rare native species. After our wonderful tour of the canyon we went to a local coffee plantation to sample different types of coffee. The later part of the afternoon we headed to the beach to relax, BBQ, snorkel, and swim. It was refreshing to take a break from our busy schedule to relax and take in the beautiful scenery of the island of Kauai.



About Ryan Boarman

I am a Student at CSULB studying Geography, GIS, and Anthropology. My background is in biology and conservation.