Archives

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, …

Building a better camera trap

Building a better camera trap

A few months ago, I went tree climbing to become a certified tree climber, advancing Arribada’s goal to improve the design and installation of arboreal technology and provide project design and field installation assistance to our partners. The first step toward this goal was checking on the function of the Arribada Arboreal Monitoring Platform (AAMP) …

Progress report – January 2019 – Thermal imaging for human-wildlife conflict

Arribada recently returned from field sites in Assam, India where we tested the image quality and detection abilities of low-cost thermal sensors for detecting elephants in conflict areas. Arribada is working on these thermal cameras as a winner of the WWF and WILDLABS Human Wildlife Conflict Tech Challenge. During these initial trials, we used a …

Progress report – December 2018 – Thermal imaging for human-wildlife conflict

Arribada just returned from our first thermal camera field trials in Greenland, where we tested the image quality and detection abilities of our chosen thermal sensors in an arctic climate, our prototype camera design and looked at real installation conditions and areas for monitoring. We are testing these thermal cameras as a winner of the …

Progress report – September 2018 – Thermal imaging for human-wildlife conflict

Our last blog post left you with preliminary test results of thermopile and microbolometer thermal sensors to be used in an early animal warning system. Funded by WWF and WILDLABS, this Arribada Initiative project aims help reduce human-wildlife conflict by creating an automated early warning system that will send alerts to communities when a dangerous …

Gone tree climbing

Gone tree climbing

I love daring activities, the more curious the better; night scuba diving, active volcano research, the highest bungee jump, flying trapeze. Which is why the first time I saw someone climb 40 meters into the uncharted and bizarre Amazon Rainforest canopy to set-up a research camera, my first thought was: I want to do that. …

Progress report – May 2018 – Thermal imaging for human-wildlife conflict

Re-Cap If you read our previous blog, you know that we are developing a low-cost automated animal detection system to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. But in case you missed it, here’s a summary. The Arribada Initiative was one of two winners of WWF’s Human Wildlife Conflict Challenge and was challenged to use technology to reduce …

Helping solve human-wildlife conflict with infrared technology advances

Conflict between humans and wildlife is increasing as human communities expand and wild habitats are destroyed. As a winner of the Human Wildlife Conflict Tech Challenge, the Arribada Initiative is working in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and WILDLABS to develop a low-cost, open source early detection system to help protect both humans …

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 …