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An End to an Adventure

I’ve had a couple of days to reflect and think about this post.
I finally presented my final presentation. It went really well and seemed like everyone was fairly interested and impressed of what I had come up with the past couple weeks. The archaeology students also seemed intrigued.
Then it was time to start packing up […]

Writing Day and My Last Visit to the Field

This morning I got a ride with Emily to the field to formally take pictures of what I think are the most interesting areas for my presentation. In addition, I personally said goodbye to the Kaa’a’wa Valley.
The rest of the day I wrote and finished the writing section of the presentation. This is the first […]

Biomass Calculation Complete

Today I did the final calculation for the supposed biomass of the hectare plot. While it was enjoyable for a short moment, I concluded that the amount was much too high. this was expected due to the belief that the volume blocks are thrown off from the Monkey Pod Trees. In addition, I have no […]

A Monday…

Stayed in the Barn today and I’m afraid I will be doing so the rest of the trip. Today I finished processing the data and was able to get my final volume. Tomorrow, I will insert the suggested volume amount into the biomass equation from the Brown study to see how close I might be.
Today […]

A Day Off!

Paul and Thomas woke me up at 5:15am this morning so we would go snorkeling on the other side of the island. We ended up in a nature reserve  near Honolulu. We spent a couple hours snorkeling, watching all the tourists, napping in the beach and getting rid of our farmer’s tans. In the end, […]

My Birthday!

Happy Birthday to myself! My Pentax arrived yesterday and now its time to go use it for the first time! Paul and I met up in the field and got the camera strapped in a quad-copter for interval shots. I spent most of the time flying the quad copter rover the remaining canopy, going back […]

More Points and Not Enough Imagery

Today we visited the field again and my original goal was to collect more imagery that I was missing (particularly in the north side of my patch of land). I looked for a Pentax to fly with but I wasn’t able to get my hands on one so I decided to help Howard with his […]

A Day In to do Research

In the morning, we took a trip to the field so I could some more image son my canopy. Within the first hour I was there, I couldn’t get my hands on a Pentax. Briton was taking a trip home so I decided to take advantage of it by hashing out some hard research and […]

Day 17: First to Fly

Today was my first day on data collection considering my individual project. After arriving at the site, I took one good lab around to observe my hectare wide spot to get a good idea of what I was up against. I carried the Yuma around with me to take five strategic points that I think […]

An Extremely Productive Day-Probably My Best Post

While not visiting the field today, the team met up at 8 am this morning to hash out research topic ideas and offer alternative ideas and critical construction. I presented my idea of calculating Biomass from Photoscan on a micro site level and everyone seemed to like it. After some discussion and thought, it seemed […]

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