Posted on June 25, 2012
Today we went into the field with Lida Burney to take some GPS points of both rare native and invasive plants. We will link these points with the RMS images we have created with the fixed wing, GateWing, and kite to begin to test methods to more accurately identify plant life by RMS means. I also learned the ins and out of ARCPad. I have been itching to try this field version of GIS. After using both TearraSync and ARCPad on the Trimble units I would say that ARCPad is much more user friendly and it allows for more editing and base map options. We had a long and enjoyable hike around the coast and learned a lot about native plants and coastal habitats. After lunch we hiked up the massive hill beside the grid to take other plant samples and GPS points. We discovered so native plants still growing without the aide or care of people! The view from the top was amazing and it was interesting to see the GateWing flying BELOW US! It was a great day for data generation and I am excited to work on this project in the lab.