Public Laboratory Infrared Camera
|Goal||Develop, apply open-source tools to environmental exploration|
|Task||Incorporate this DIY infrared camera into your research.|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
Infrared photography can help in assessing plant health, and has been used on satellites and planes for agricultural and ecological assessment primarily by vineyards, large farms and large-scale (read: expensive) research projects. By creating and open-sourcing a low-cost near-infrared camera and working with wetlands advocates, farmers and environmental activists, the Public Lab community has begun to explore grassroots uses for this powerful analytic technique.
As featured in Chapter 2 of Citizen Science by Caren Cooper.
|How to Join||
Public Lab is an open community (join now: http://publiclaboratory.org/user/register) which investigates environmental issues with DIY tools. To get involved you can make your own infrared camera using the easy to follow video tutorial, create a user profile on the Public Lab website, join the listserve and post research notes on how you use and modify the infrared camera.
A point and shoot camera (currently many people like using the Canon A495 that costs about $54), a jewelers screwdrive ($2 from Ace hardware), exposed film negatives and a piece of duct tape.
|Ideal Age Group||Adults|
|Type of Activity||In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, Emergency Response, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium|
|Tags||aerial-mapping, diy, near-infrared, open-source, tools|
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