Posted on June 26, 2013 by Gordan Buckingham
One thing I forgot to mention about yesterday was that a Hawaiian Monk Seal was on the beach I am working on. Someone roped off the area of sand the seal was relaxing on, with warning signs to not get close. They are an endangered species, with only about 1,100 left in the wild. It was great to see one up close.
Today was my last field day. I woke up at 5AM to go collect thermal imagery of the beach with a couple of the TAs, Scott, and Dr. Becker. The thermal camera is motion activated, so it only takes pictures when there is a change in the field of view. The difference in colors from picture to picture make it very difficult to mosaic the pictures together. However, with some post-processing I might be able to get some good pictures from the flights. We went along my beach study area, as well as in the nearby Kahana Bay, where there are established seeps and much calmer water.
I also took some beach pore-water samples along my study area, and got the results I expected. The only freshwater that appeared was very close to stream outputs.
Time for some processing of data!