This is a project started in Aruba to begin collecting environmental data and sharing methods and tools openly, in order to start establishing a baseline so that changes in the environment can be measured and understood.
The project focuses on two main areas: land and ocean.
On land, we’re starting by using satellite imagery to see how much vegetation there is, how much urban area there is, and how these things change over time. We’re also building a relatively affordable station for measuring air quality, including particulate matter for sure, but we’re also testing out a few other sensors.
In the ocean, we’re using satellite imagery to make a rough map of shallow water reefs, and building a floating station to continuously measure ocean acidity and temperature. We also have an underwater drone in development that will one day hopefully be able to swim around by itself and take pictures of the sea floor, helping to map reefs as well as seagrass in Aruba.
With everything, we’re sharing as much as possible about the process and our successes and failures, and we hope this will help other people to start researching and collecting data in other places in Aruba and around the world.
The tools and topics we're currently exploring are as follows: