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Daily Blog for Bryan Möller


Day after last day, reflection

Posted on July 9, 2012 by Bryan Möller

July 9, 2012

So yesterday was my official last day of the program as I hung out with and took Kate and Avery around LA and to the airpot.  I gotta say, this program was great and I’m grateful I met everyone, never thought I’d miss them, but I already do haha.  This was a great program, I learned so much.  I thank the prof’s and the grad assistants for everything from our frustrations to the help I received.  This was a great experience.

Winding doooown

Posted on July 6, 2012 by Bryan Möller

July 6, 2012

Yesterday and today have been all about putting together our posters and making sure we get them looking good and we get the wording right.  Seems simple enough, but it takes so long to put it together.  My poster is getting reviewed by Prof. Lee as I write this.  Gotta turn it in by 4 and get ready for the presentations tomorrow.  Laters!

Independence Day! & previous work days

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Bryan Möller

July 5, 2012

This post is about the last couple of days as they’re all quite the same and seem to be a nice little mesh.  The past few days I’ve been working on getting my data into ERDAS & ArcGIS and working with it and building my outputs.  I should start to put together all my poster materials today and be done tomorrow as Saturday is presentation day so it should be a fun couple of days.

Yesterday was the 4th of July! So after working for a couple of hours in the morning I headed out to a little soiree at Prof. Wechsler’s house which was a real cool family party with great food.  Food, family and the 4th of July.  Thanks Prof!

Flight

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Bryan Möller

July 2, 2012 (about July 1, 2012)

Flight day!  It was the day to head back home and start our data download and application stage.  The flight was pretty good, got some sleep in and had a couple cups of coffee to stay spry.  Maybe not quite a good idea as I only slept 4 hours, but still good.  Time to start my methodology

Last field day/last full day

Posted on June 30, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 30, 2012.  About yesterday and today.

Yesterday was the last day that I’ll go out into the field and into the NTBG center in the foreseeable future.  Going out into the field was great, I walked into areas that I haven’t been to and enjoyed it by myself.  In the NTBG center I started to look up ways in which I can mask out built up areas from my study area and Briton suggested to me that I should open up my study area if I’m going to do some masking so that there can be more area to look at.  After I delicious lunch of Quinoa and chicken we went to the last lecture here in which Terry Hunt went over some of the archeaology of Hawaii, it was real interesting.

Today I’m just going to pack and head to the beach for a goodbye bbq.  Time to head home.

Project Presentation Day!

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 28, 2012

Today was a full lab day because we had to get our data together in order to compile our group presentation.  I gathered data from Kate to merge with mine, in the plotting of native plants in our study area.  I put in the shapefiles for this with the NDVI classification that I had and put it in a powerpoint.  Apparently my NDVI didn’t please some of the professors/Burney, but the way that I see it, it was, and is still useful because my classification system in which low biomass was native vegetation actually paired up with points that I had taken at random that happened to be native plants.  And the fact that haole koa, grass and the golf course were showing up as high vegetation is because haole koa and grass are extremely dense plants, nothing else can grow there and it’s extremely hard to walk through (filled with biomass).  NDVI is used for things more than just biomass or plant health, but alas I’m not the one pushing these projects it seems.  I’ll try to use some of the lidar data to do a new classification.

Half and Half

Posted on June 28, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 28, 2012 (Post for yesterday)

Yesterday was a half field and half lab day with a lecture at night.  It was a pretty heavy day.  Out in the field I went to the quarry and the cave to look for some plants to plot on my NDVI map.  The quarry is a pretty weird spot, there are lots of native plants on the floor of the quarry, but on most of the plants there’s a thin layer of some moss looking thing growing over it; it looks insane! (picture coming soon)  The cave is pretty much all native plants because it’s human-made, but it’s good to know what is in there in order to match it up with the NDVI.  In the lab I again worked on bouncing around ideas for classification and put in some GPS points.

The lecture at night was pretty cool, it was the work that Matt Lucas has done for NTBG with ArcGIS and the creation of models.  It was enjoyable.

 

Posted on June 27, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 27, 2012

Today was a good day!  The day started an hour later than usual as we went out into the field to gather points of plants as I was looking out for native/invasive plants in areas that I hadn’t been to in order to match it up with my NDVI.  After walking for a couple of hours, and only catching ONE native plant on an area that I had predicted there would be some, it was time for lunch at the beach.  I happened to fall asleep at the beach and then it was time to go back home for data processing.  After looking over the GPS points it was time to go canoe-ing!  Man, that was such a great experience!  I probably would’ve never been on a wa’a if it weren’t for this trip.  It was kinda hard getting into rhythm when paddling because once you lost it, it was hard to get back into it.  But it was great.  The night finished with some dinner at a burger place, I ordered fish & chips which weren’t as good as other ones I’ve had but still pretty good.  Good day.  Lates.

Project Day!

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 25. 2012

Today was a lab day.  The first thing we did was get together to look at our data so far, but then we switched gears and had to come up with the projects that we are gonna be doing individually.  The project that I’m going to do is an NDVI of our research area which is mostly coastal and then I’ll put in GPS points of both native/invasive plants that we have observed in the field.  My hypothesis is that native plants will be in areas with less dense vegetation or more “fringe” areas in which  they are almost pushed out by invasive plants.  I started the classification of my NDVI and put in a couple of GPS points so far, it looked promising, but we shall see how it comes out.

Nu’alolo Kai

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 24, 2012

Early wake up call!  And we were off to Nu’alolo Kai, I fell asleep on the way to the place because I was still pretty tired from only getting 5 hours of sleep.  I have to say the boat ride to and from Nu’alolo Kai were the BEST part of the trip, the salt-spray, the wind,the slightly warm/cold temp; it was great.  While there I slept a lot, I guess the feeling of sleeplessness coupled with my stomach ailments from the day before forced me to sleep a lot, it felt great though.  Once I was awake and ready to go I jumped around projects to check them out: Lipo’s GPS, with it’s almost surveying-like prep, the flights and battery dying adventures of the x100 and the native plant garden that the Burney’s take care of.  All of them were real interesting.  After the jumping I went into the water for a little bit and then I tried to even out my tank-top tan by laying out in the sun.  Great day.

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