Alasdair

New Horizons – Open Access ARGOS Telemetry

New Horizons – Open Access ARGOS Telemetry

Why isn’t there an Arduino style platform for biologging and satellite telemetry? It’s a question that the Arribada Initiative has been working to address for the past 3 years, and today at the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, we were delighted to be able to reveal the release of an open source ARGOS transmitter …

We’re all in this together. My Shuttleworth Fellowship

I’m a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. In around 5 months time I’ll transition to Alumni, as a Fellowship has a limit of 3 years. On the first day of my Fellowship I wrote a piece about the road ahead. Reading it back this morning, it reminded me of those early days, excited to get stuck in, …

Power from plants, and what it means for conservation

The power of 1 hour of solar energy reaching our planet is equivalent to our current annual global energy consumption. Nature knows this – virtually all life depends on photosynthesis in the food chain. Photosynthesis is the process through which plants use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbohydrates to fuel their growth and …

Driving down the cost of acoustic monitoring with the AudioMoth

It’s $50, the size of a credit card, and can record uncompressed audio at 384,000 samples per second. The AudioMoth, designed and developed by the Open Acoustic Devices team, offers researchers and acousticians access to high quality recording at an entry level price point. Over the past few months, the Arribada Initiative team have been …

Raw GPS data decoding with RTKLIB

Raw GPS data decoding with RTKLIB

I was delighted to discover Tim Everett’s blog documenting the use of RTKLIB and uBlox GPS receivers. RTKLIB is an open source program that can be used to interpret raw GNSS GPS data, for example, to work out GPS positions from a batch of raw measurements at a later date vs in the field live. …

What’s next for the green sea turtle “Pit Stop” tag?

Prior to my Fellowship, I embarked on a unique project to dramatically reduce the cost of tagging green sea turtles. The objective was to acquire spatial and behavioural data using open source principles and technologies. 5 tags were deployed, and two weeks later, the first nesting female green sea turtle we had tagged returned with …

It begins

It begins

Today, it all begins. Luckily, it’s a wonderful blue sky day too. This morning I’ll be sipping my coffee as a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. This, to me, is a very big thing indeed – it’s my chance to make a difference and address unlocking access to open, and affordable, conservation technology. I’m incredibly grateful to …