biodiversity and environments

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Feb 17, 2014 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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New tools for monitoring
biodiversity and environments

Ed Baker

Natural History Museum

How can we do science when this..

…. becomes this .

What can we make machines do for
us?

What can we measure?

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Can we put the environment online?

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The Internet of Things

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Do we have to become hardware
engineers as well now?


Do we have to become hardware engineers
as well now?



I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff.


Do we have to become hardware engineers
as well now?



I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff.



Potential for collaboration outside of biology


Do we have to become hardware engineers
as well now?



I’d recommend it. It’s fun building stuff.



Potential for collaboration outside of biology



Take citizen science somewhere new: citizen
engineering


CITIZEN ENGINEERING?


Once again


physics got
there first

Hackers and makers

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Take a microcontroller

Plug in
ethernet

and SD card

Add some sensors

Write some code

Environmental data to Scratchpads

In terms of hardware


it’s crude


In terms of hardware


it’s crude



But the data is good data

In terms of hardware


it’s crude



But the data is good data


It’s cheap (pretty much disposable)

What about academic collaboration?

You can listen for bush crickets

Can we automate this?

In Situ Acoustic Monitoring of
Biodiversity

Can we automate this?

Can we automate this?

Can we automate this?

Can we automate this?

Don’t stop there!

Don’t stop there!


Add a GPS! Location, but also time

Don’t stop there!


Add a GPS! Location, but also time



Temperature, humidity, light levels

We can already do a lot if we
collaborate

We can already do a lot if we
collaborate

We need to think big in terms of
scope, scale and speed

You can put a plant on Twitter

Why not a whole forest?

You can track a domestic cat

Why not track hundreds of
individuals?