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Daily Blog for Alison Yoho

Day 27: It’s Been a Great Program!

Posted on July 8, 2012 by Alison Yoho

We did our presentations today. I was super nervous. It is so weird that we are all leaving today after being together for the past month. So, I wanted to say thank you Dr. Wechsler, Dr. Lee, Dr. Lipo and Dr. Becker for everything! Also, thank you to all of the grad students and my team and everyone else for making this such a great experience for me. I plan to take everything I learned here and use it in the future! I cannot explain how grateful I am to everyone for this experience. It was my first time out in the field and doing field research. I am so glad I was picked for this program because I plan to use this for my future career. Thank you!

Day 26: Poster Time

Posted on July 8, 2012 by Alison Yoho

I spent pretty much all day working on my poster. I wanted it to look unique towards all of the other posters and I feel that I did just that. I am pretty sure that I got OCD about all of the alignments and everything. And because of that, I was one of the last to finish. Dr. Wechsler helped me out immensely towards the end with all of the editing that she did. Thank you Dr. Wechsler!


Day 25: Finally!

Posted on July 7, 2012 by Alison Yoho

I finally got the supervised classification done and I feel so much better that I actually have something to produce. I spent most of the day working on them but I did it.

I originally was only going to do the supervised classification with the ALI imagery, but the pixels were too coarse to be able to classify the rocks correctly to the field ground truth data that I tried to classify them as. Basalt was turning up around the sinkhole and there was barely any iron oxide showing up in the image. So, I decided to also do a supervised classification with the Worldview-2 imagery as well. This one turned out to classify more accurately than the ALI due to the spatial resolution.

As of right now, I’m just glad that I actually have something to put on my poster!


Day 24: God Bless America

Posted on July 7, 2012 by Alison Yoho

Today is the 4th of July. in the morning, I should have come into the lab but I accidentally sleep through it. That was unfortunate, but I still had a good day. We all went over to Dr. Wechsler’s for the afternoon. That was so much fun! We ate and talked and had a grapefruit fight. After we all left Dr. Wechsler;s place, we went over to Ryan’s and relaxed and watched the fireworks. I’m still stressed and frustrated but this break was needed.

Day 23: Not Much Better

Posted on July 7, 2012 by Alison Yoho

Yesterday, I tried to do a supervised classification and that failed so I had to scrap it. Dr. Becker wanted me to use the spectra readings to classify the rocks for the supervised classification and I didn’t have the spectra readings. Luckily Dr. Lipo had them and gave them to me but by the time that I received them, it was the end of the day and I was burnt out.

So today, actually didn’t get much better. I am still super confused and frustrated with my project. I worked with the spectral readings the whole day. I averaged all of the readings and then graphed all of the averaged readings. That doesn’t seem like much to me because it took a long time to get all of that done unfortunately.

I have 2 days left and I still have nothing to put on my poster. I am not feeling good about this!

Day 22:Frustration

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Alison Yoho

Today just didn’t go my way. Instead of getting the supervised classification done which was my only goal for the day, I wasn’t able to get anything done. Everything just did not go my way. I really hope I have something to show for my poster.

Day 21: From Being Surrounded by Beaches to The Beach

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Alison Yoho

The whole day was pretty much dedicated to traveling. We left for the airport around 10am, amd spent 3 hours checking in. Then a 5 hour flight, plus a 3 hour time change, and then it took 2 hours to get back to CSULB. So, by the time we got there, we were all hungry. I took Charly and Kelly to a Taqueria. It was so good and the best way to end a travel day!

Day 20: Last Day on Kauai

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Alison Yoho

First, we got to sleep in! It felt amazing. After I finally started moving around, I started my packing and ate breakfast. We went to Poipu Beach in the afternoon and had a bbq there. after we were done, we loaded the bbq and Jake, Charly and I ended up going to dinner and shopping in Lihue. Overall, it was a relaxing day and a great end to our trip!

Day 19: Life’s a Beach!

Posted on June 30, 2012 by Alison Yoho


We spent most of the day at the beach. First, we went to a little embayment across from Prince Kuhio Park in Poipu and snorkeled for more data collection. After that, we went to Shipwreck Beach for the rest of the day. I was a pretty good and relaxing day.

Day 18: Presentations

Posted on June 30, 2012 by Alison Yoho

We started off the day by getting to the lab early. We worked on our presentation for that day. Once we were done, we headed down to the Allerton Beach to do some paddle boarding for more data collection. Wes and I were the 2 that went out on the paddle boards and it was fun. I was pretty scared coming in though because the waves were huge and I don’t know how to surf.

After dinner, we all went down to the NTBG to present our presentations. I was really nervous but we did pretty well I think.

About Alison Yoho

I am majoring in geography at CSULB with an emphasis in geospatial studies and GIS.