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OpenROV Raises Funding to Open Up the World of Underwater Exploration

OpenROV Raises Funding to Open Up the World of Underwater Exploration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
"Everyone still thinks exploration is what research institutions or National Geographic gets to do, and that's just not the world we live in anymore." (RT @pdp7: Powered by #OpenHardware #BeagleBone Black & #Arduino DUE, OpenROV raised $1.3 million...

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We are now experimenting with these ROVs in the context of both undergraduate education and coastal research/monitoring here at CSU Channel Islands.

 

The neat things here are the cheapness of the instrument and the open framework approach.  Our next phase will involve building manipulator arms, etc. with 3D printers.  Following along the open source nature of the project, we will eventually be posting/sharing all our designs/innovations.  Both technical and pedagogical.

 

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http://beagleboard.org/blog/2013-11-12-project-spotlight-openrov/

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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California and Louisiana.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

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Welcome to my curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While I am interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you will find postings here that reflect my deep, continuing interest in:

 

- coastal riparian restoration

- coastal wetland restoration

- subtidal reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Managment poilcies and proceedures 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports and harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- marine ecology

- natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality and ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historic persepctives on our coast our our relationship to our world ocean

 

 

 

If you find my posts here of interest, you might also be interested in some of my other research, teaching, and updates elsewhere via my:

 

- iTunesU Coastal Management podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-462-coastal-marine-management/id415880772?mt=10

- iTunesU Restoration Ecology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-352-theory-practice-ecological/id415881064?mt=10

- iTunesU Conservation Biology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-313-conservation-biology/id415881094?mt=10

- Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user8078769

- lab's home page: http://faculty.csuci.edu/sean.anderson/Sean_Andersons_Home_Page/Welcome.html

- RestoringNOLA twiter feed (emphasizing Coastal Management in California and Louisiana): https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA

 

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of help.

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Game cameras give glimpse into wildlife along LA River

Game cameras give glimpse into wildlife along LA River | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Four cameras were installed along a patch of the L.A. River near Atwater Village. Two remain after three weeks. The pictures they got are helping researchers understand local biodiversity.
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Landrieu signs New Orleans' anti-smoking ordinance

Landrieu signs New Orleans' anti-smoking ordinance | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy.
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Inventor of the Boogie Board has helped millions ride the waves - and he's not done

Inventor of the Boogie Board has helped millions ride the waves - and he's not done | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Tom Morey felt the wave, felt every movement the ocean made under, above and around his body.The San Clemente resident, who grew up in Laguna Beach, had already spent plenty of time standing on top of waves, on surfboards. He was one of the hot-dogging nose riders who helped turn surfing into something to watch.But the feeling he was getting on this new kind of board – a board he’d created – was different.He’d cut a big piece of foam in half and sealed it with an iron and a July 7, 1971, copy of
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'Deepwater Horizon' Starring Mark Wahlberg Casting Call in Louisiana

'Deepwater Horizon' Starring Mark Wahlberg casting call for oil riggers in Louisiana The highly anticipated feature film, 'Deepwater Horizon', is now looki
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Oh my God!  Wahlberg is going to screw up another movie.  This keeps hitting too close to home for me.

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Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance

Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni
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While but a shade of the most extensive oil "spill" (I've always struggled with how to characterize what happened in the Iraqi oil fields in 1991) in history, this bodes ill (as if we need more evidence) for our friends in the Middle East.

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Brazilian ecologists launch app to reduce roadkill | GizMag.com

Brazilian ecologists launch app to reduce roadkill | GizMag.com | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

In Brazil alone, officials estimate that some 475 million animals die from being struck on the nation's roads. That's around 15 animals per second, totaling more than twice the country’s human population. The Centro Brasileiro de Estudos em Ecologia de Estradas (CBEE) is working to reduce those grim statistics with the help of an app called Urubu (vulture in Portuguese), which uses the power of crowd-sourcing to identify roadkill hotspots across the country.

 

Created in 2011, CBEE monitors roadkill and creates guidelines to improve the complicated relationship between highways and wildlife. To help it with its mission, CBEE designed Urubu to allow anyone with a smartphone and internet connection to photograph animals that have been hit by cars and send the images to be validated by a team of experts.

 

These experts will then classify the species of the roadkill (amphibian, reptilian, mammal, bird or indeterminate), and the data added to a database called BAFS, which will help the experts map out the highest risk areas and most affected species. The ultimate goal is to devise a plan for official environmental agencies to make adaptations to the country’s highways based on data collected in the field.

 

The project is led by CBEE director Alex Bager, who’s been researching road ecology since 1995 and also organizes the national congress of road ecology. Bager believes the number of animals being killed on the roads is much higher than current estimates and that the app may help produce a more accurate figure.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Study details impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on beach microbial communities

Study details impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on beach microbial communities | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Researchers have studied the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on communities of beach microbes.

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'FishLove' is Back With More Celebs Posing Nude to Support Marine Species - Ecorazzi

'FishLove' is Back With More Celebs Posing Nude to Support Marine Species - Ecorazzi | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Celebs like, Helena Bonham Carter, have shed their clothes in support of the Blue Marine Foundation's campaign, Fishlove.

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Arctic melting opens sea route to more pollution

Arctic melting opens sea route to more pollution | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
14 February, 2015 − Increasing loss of Arctic sea ice is likely soon to mean more ships being able to use the polar passage – affecting climate, health and air quality.
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California has warmest winter ever (or at least since 1895)

California has warmest winter ever (or at least since 1895) | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
While the East looks like a scene from Disney's "Frozen," California is in the midst of its warmest winter for at least 120 years.
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It has been pretty warm here

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Outside big cities, 'Cajun Mardi Gras' preserves heritage -- and the party -- of Louisiana's past

Outside big cities, 'Cajun Mardi Gras' preserves heritage -- and the party -- of Louisiana's past | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Here in Eunice, at the Faquetaique Courir de Mardi Gras hosted by Joel Savoy and his brother, Wilson Savoy, of the Grammy Award-winning band the Pine Leaf Boys, there are a few rules and tradition is taken seriously.
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New Land Off Louisiana Seen from Space

New Land Off Louisiana Seen from Space | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
New land is blossoming at the mouths of the Atchafalaya River and the Wax Lake Outlet in Louisiana, bucking the trend of lost ground in this Gulf state.
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Distributaries baby!  And on Mardi Gras no less...

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Island fox recovery one of fastest in U.S.

Island fox recovery one of fastest in U.S. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Officials announced Wednesday that Channel Islands foxes may be ready to come off the list of endangered species.
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Excellent work.  Oh what you can do when you have a closed system, with a single, clear stressor in an ecosystem that has not been utterly destroyed.

 

It is important to have these success stories to hold up as examples of what is possible.

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Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand

Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Diego Aguilar Avila enrolled in Cal State Northridge last fall, and the freshman says he's lucky to have gotten in when he did.
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Agencies admit failing to protect water sources from fuel pollution

Agencies admit failing to protect water sources from fuel pollution | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The agencies charged with overseeing oil production and protecting California's ever-dwindling water sources from the industry's pollution all fell down on the job, one state official told a panel of peeved lawmakers Tuesday.
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Who need clean drinking water anyway?

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Louisiana's Moon Shot

Louisiana's Moon Shot | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The state hopes to save its rapidly disappearing coastline with a 50-year, $50 billion plan built on science that’s never been tested and money it doesn’t have. What could go wrong?
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Test Program To Reduce Pollution, Improve Safety of Whales In Santa Barbara Channel By Slowing Cargo Ships Being Called A Success

Test Program To Reduce Pollution, Improve Safety of Whales In Santa Barbara Channel By Slowing Cargo Ships Being Called A Success | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

The results of a test program to reduce air pollution, and improve the safety of whales by slowing down cargo ships in the Santa Barbara Channel are now out, and the effort is being called a success.

More than two dozen ships took part in the voluntary program to try to improve the environment.

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▶ Sea Lion Rescue in Ventura Harbor - YouTube

The Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) conducted a rescue of a Male Sea Lion in the Ventura Harbor on Monday, March 2, 2015. with the aid ...
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Awesome success story about a tangled sea lion.  He wouldn't have made it much longer without this action.

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Eugenie Clark, ‘shark lady’ who explored ocean depths, dies at 92

Eugenie Clark, ‘shark lady’ who explored ocean depths, dies at 92 | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Dr. Clark, who began her career in the 1940s, became a world authority on marine life and sharks in particular.
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Global Shipping Traffic Visualized

As stated in this NPR article: "The video shows satellite tracking of routes superimposed over Google Earth. It focuses on some of the main choke points for international shipping, such as the Strait of Malacca on the southern tip of Malaysia, Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar and Panama Canal. It's a good reminder that about 90 percent of all the goods traded globally spend at least some of their transit time on a ship."

 

Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic, mapping, video, visualization.


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Ben Ricchio's curator insight, February 24, 10:30 AM

Very cool

Mediterranean Cruise Advice's curator insight, February 25, 6:46 AM

This is amazing to watch.

Matt Davidson's curator insight, February 26, 4:52 AM

A great visual on shipping - Geographies of Interconnections (year 9)

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Photo Expeditions: Traveling With DSLR Camera Gear

Photo Expeditions: Traveling With DSLR Camera Gear | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Filmmaker & Photographer David Wright Shows You How to Prep For a Photo Expedition: As an expedition photographer and filmmaker, you often give up the hope to maintain personal hygiene for weeks at a time. This has certainly been the case on many Arctic trips I have done, where the only water available was for drinking and cooking. I have gone for weeks at a time without a thorough wash. I have one memory where the team eventually found some running water coming off a glacier. It…
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Great advice for traveling with photography gear.  Much of this also applies to probes.

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DNA indicates long-ago Southland wolf was actually a Mexican gray

DNA indicates long-ago Southland wolf was actually a Mexican gray | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The only wolf ever documented in Southern California may have been a victim of mistaken identity nearly a century ago.
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This is one of my old professors who lives canid DNA.  An interesting finding that seems sure to push the range of this wolf subspecies into southern California.  Pretty neat and a potentially powerful argument for SoCal wolf reintroductions!

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Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud :: NOAA Fisheries

Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud :: NOAA Fisheries | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
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Fall 2014 | Boom: A Journal of California

Fall 2014 | Boom: A Journal of California | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Some interesting stories about nature and our relationship to nature in this edition.

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How Can Rivers And Streams Be Sources Of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

How Can Rivers And Streams Be Sources Of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Antibiotic resistant bacteria isvery common around wastewater treatment plants. What could be the effect on human health?


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