Coming up, going under. We dive into a new field of research and pickup a few choice samples along the way. You can run, but you can't hide. A new way to capture wildlife without actually catching it. And moon shots. Star gazing or star grazing. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to colonize space. Hello and welcome to GLOBAL CHALLENGES, from the Bahamas.
Another interesting fusion of technology and field biology: cybertracker, a program which allows users to note observations about plants or animals on a GPS-empowered handheld, and then merge those observations into a larger map of how habitat is changing or animals are migrating. As this article puts it:
"NORDHOEK, South Africa -- Sitting at his laptop computer, Louis Liebenberg compares two maps of the same area: While the first is plotted thickly with yellow dots, the yellow areas on the second map are far sparser.
The Bushmen are among the best hunters and trackers in the world. They are able to determine the species, sex and age of an animal after examining the traces left behind by the beast. Now the sacks of hide containing bows and poisoned arrows worn by these men now also shelter a "Cybertracker", a small pocket sized computer equipped with a satellite connection.
Inventé par le zoologiste amateur Louis Liedenberg, du Cap (Afrique du sud), le logiciel CyberTracker permet à tout un chacun d'inscrire des notes sur un PDA à propos d'une observation faite sur le terrain, et de l'indexer à partir de ses coordonnées GPS.
NORDHOEK, África do Sul - Com o olhar fixo na tela de seu laptop, Louis Liebenberg compara dois mapas da mesma região. Enquanto um deles está densamente preenchido por pontos amarelos, o outro está bem mais vazio.
Satellite images and aerial surveys give some idea of wildlife populations and patterns of vegetation, but the best way of tracking changes in African national parks is still to go in on foot. But skilled scientists are not always on hand to perform surveys.
The good folks over at PlaNetwork have gotten up the first issue of their new Journal, and it's full of provocative and interesting stuff. Take, for instance, Earth as A Lens: Global Collaboration, GeoCommunication, and The Birth of EcoSentience, which takes the rise of ubiquitous computing and global sensing as opportunity to explore Bucky Fuller's World Game and Geoscope concepts and the evolution of "3D Geobrowsers," programs which allow the user to view any portion of the Earth and examine changes in its systems:
Take a look around you," says Abdulhadi Saleh al-Murri, declining a fourth pouring of Arab coffee with a shake of the thimble-sized cup. "As well as our host, at least 10 of the guests in this majlis are notable trackers. All of them are from the Murrah tribe. Half of them work with me in Riyadh."
Conditions in informal settlements are complex, at times violent, and continually changing. Managing these settlements in a way that will result in a functional, healthy urban environment constitutes a major challenge. Effective upgrading strategies require accurate, up-to-date social, economic and spatial information. This is especially so when the information is used for adjudication and titling. Moreover the information should be regarded as legitimate by settlement residents themselves.
A strange Australian mole has eluded scientific study for more than a century. Now biologists are teaming up with Aboriginal trackers to unearth the secrets of the itjaritjari. Carina Dennis checks on their progress. A thin layer of red dust has settled across Joe Benshemesh's desk, coating boxes brimming with field instruments, wires, maps and notebooks. He has just returned from one of the most remote corners of Australia's outback.
Ancient skills and new technology end beach attacks by predicting where criminals will strike next - enabling cops to ambush them.