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Daily Blog for Bryan Möller


Off day

Posted on June 23, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 23, 2012

Today we were supposed to go to Waimea canyon, but unfortunately on the way to the place my stomach started to feel funky so I stayed behind with Paul and we took a bus back to Theobald house.  I fell asleep for a while until the rest of the people came and then we headed out to the beach.  At the beach I swam for a bit, got my tan on and ate some good grilled processed meats.

Native/Invasive Mapping

Posted on June 23, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 22, 2012

Today we went out into the field to map out swaths of invasive/native vegetation to use in conjunction with the images that we now have and that we will have in the future from the kite and plane pictures.  Using the trimble we plotted points along with some attributes such as % ground cover and height.  After we spent a couple of hours mapping this out we moved to hiking up a hill near the grid and plotting out a couple of points of plants on the hill.  We then watched the launch of the x100 which was pretty cool, can’t wait to see the pictures!

Day 11: Lab Day Numero Uno

Posted on June 21, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 21, 2012

Today was a data download day, it wasn’t hectic at all, but it was super informative!  We went to the NTBG center conference room with our laptops and downloaded all of the images that our flights have taken.  There were a lot of them, but MANY of them weren’t good enough to use; some of our photoscans didn’t come out too good, but there were some that were salvageable.  We did create our data dictionary which should help us out in the field.  Oh yeah!  Matty helped us in the identification of some plants that we have already tagged and taken pictures of, he enlisted the help of some of the NTBG botanists to help us with all of the identification of plants!  We received some details on what we might do, but I don’t want to mention it since nothing seems to be cemented yet.  It seems like it would be pretty cool though, I’ll keep you posted though!

Day 10: Caving it

Posted on June 20, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 20, 2012

Today we went to the same palace place as yesterday to get some aerial imagery and take some GPS points, the way we took the aerial imagery was pretty cool we put up a kite and a fixed wing plane to continually take pictures of the area.  We are going to have to end up making a mosaic of the images and then orthorectify the pictures so that they match up with all other images and have a reference system, I’m pretty excited about this and I believe that we are going to do that tomorrow.

Aside from taking the images we also went to check out a cave system that Burney has studied and found many different fossils in.  I think it’s super cool that, that cave has all this history just locked up in it and he’s out there unlocking it.  It’s insane!  It’s also cool that he found a species of duck in there that wasn’t even known.  Big ups to him.

Sorry about not having pictures, I didn’t want my camera to be rained on.  Lates!

Day 9!

Posted on June 20, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 20, 2012 (post is about June 19, 2012)

Yesterday was a super long day!  The first thing that we did was try to use the spectrometer to tag some plants, but the weather was not cooperating at all!  It rained on us as soon as we had calibrated it and when we got back out there it would start raining again.  We only managed 10 readings, but it’s a start.  While we were there some of the people that work for the NTBG offered us some local wild pig and I got to say, it was really good!

After trying to get the spectrometer readings we had lunch on the sand near the beach, it was pretty peaceful and cool.  I tried to even my tan up to no avail.  We then hiked up for a while along the coast to go to the base of a temple that was once there to try to take some spectrometer readings on the rock and see if there’s any difference between them.  We also took some GPS points of native and non-native vegetation to use for our vegetation group projects.

Here are some photos of the hike:

Day 8: NTBG

Posted on June 18, 2012 by Bryan Möller

July 18, 2012

Second day in Hawaii and I gotta say it was pretty good!  Woke up in the morning to do a couple of stretches and work outs in order to get going.  Then we went to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens to check out their gardens and facilities.  They were real nice, even though they had lots of invasive species just like the island itself.  After that we went to check out the native vegetation grid that the NTBG has and try to get some remotely sensed images in order to pick up the frequency for the native species.  That didn’t quite work out so we went out to some sugar cane fields to get some images from there in order to see if we can pull out some soils/fields frequencies to analyze.

Day 7: Off to Kaua’i

Posted on June 17, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 17, 2012

Early wake up call today!  5:00 in the morning to meet up at 5:30 and head to the airport.  It was a super easy airplane ride, I didn’t get to sleep much though which sucked.  But now that I’m already here in Kaua’i it doesn’t matter because it’s Kaua’i!  It’s been pretty cool, the weater is somewhat humid with heat and wind, kinda reminds me of Central America.  We went on an hour’s walk up to a little town close to where we are staying, it was nice, cool to get away from the urban jungle.  I’m off to eat some grilled chicken.  Lates!

Day 6: Rest

Posted on June 17, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 17. 2012 (post about June 16, 2012)

Yesterday was just a day of resting, I just hung around and read a couple of articles that were assigned to the vegetation groups.  Real chill.

Plants, Beer and Jubilance. The Real PB&J

Posted on June 16, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 16, 2012 (post is about June 15)

Yesterday was the day we finally broke out into our respective groups (either Vegetation, which I am a part of, hydrology or archeology).  We met up and submitted proposals for the group that we wanted to be in and the professors split us up.  I met up with the vegetation group and Prof. Lee went over some of the things that we will be looking at while in Kaua’i such as native/non-native plants and he introduced us to the GIS data that are already out there (10 year old data! WHAT!?).  Now to get down to it and see if I can get one of my ideas off the ground.

After our group meeting/brainstorming session we went to a local pizza place and had a couple of pizza slices with some micro-brews to wash it down.  Gotta say, it’s the best way to end a lecture, homework and information heavy week.

Ah yes, the jubilance of ending the week.

 

The Real PB&J.

99 rubber balloons?

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Bryan Möller

June 14, 2012

Today was an interesting day as we finally got to be a little “handsy” and use some of the tools that we will use in Kaua’i.

The first tool that we saw was the XRF, an x-ray machine that measures the compounds inside or on top of (depending on the situation) of almost anything.  It seemed a little intense and very fragile, so I intend to use it’s information but watch it from afar.

The second tool that we got our hands on was the GPS units.  I have had prior experience with GPS units, but never with a trimble GPS unit as those are super expensive.  I think it’s a great tool as it can measure precisely and it is fairly easy to use, it’s like having a little GPS computer with you.

The last tool that we tried out, albeit with some hitches, was a big red blimp (balloon-looking-thing, really) that can be used with some cameras attached to it in order to take remotely sensed images that can then be stitched up into a bigger one.  Great idea, kinda hard to follow through with it though.  Hopefully we’ll get it good in Kaua’i.

Oh yeah, we also received a lecture from Dr. Lipo on his work in Rapa Nui and some of what he has studied in Polynesia/Kaua’i.  It was a great lecture, learned a lot and we even saw a video that National Geographic did on his work which was cool, funny and informative (the best way to learn).   There was also a plug for his book that did not quite work for me, I think I would try to include a plug for my book in lectures if I had one as well.

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