Exploration Science student heads to Hamelin Pool and Shark Bay, Western Australia

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Exploration Science student Thalles Araujo, who is from Brazil, headed to Australia in October for two months to conduct fieldwork for his internship project.  Working with researchers in in the Marine Geosciences (MGS) department at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) of the University of Miami, Thalles will be helping on many fronts including field logistics, collecting data, writing computer algorithms and helping understand the geology and hydrology of Hamelin Pool, a smaller body of water associated with Shark Bay, Western Australia.  Thalles will be focusing on sediment analysis, physical parameters of Hamelin Pool, groundwater research and outreach initiatives.

 

The pool is rich in stromatolites and the unique hydrology is not well understood.  Thalles’ and his colleagues hope to better understand the growth of these stromatolites so this can be applied to understanding how ancient stromatolites developed.  Specifically, he will develop algorithms to treat and display the data, collect samples, deploy equipment, analyze previous and future data, and design new research plans  The location is the very remote Hamelin Station in the Bush Heritage area, so Thalles’ work will require elements of all aspects of exploration science that has picked up over the past year and a half in the program.

courtesy of Wikipedia
Hamelin Pool stromatolites, courtesy of Wikipedia

Drone Workshop a Hit

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This past semester students in the Exploration Science Technology and Media class were treated to a one day AUV (autonomous unmanned vehicle a.k.a – drones) workshop held at UM’s Abess Center.   The workshop leader was Benoit Duvernueil, who has been using AUVs and ROVs for his work in South America looking for archaeological sites in the western Amazon rainforest.   Benoit is a technology startup entrepreneur and brought his expertise to some of the students in the class.  After giving a nice overview of AUVs including some of the FAA laws, the students had a chance to test fly micro drones to get a feel for how these systems work in addition to using a very realistic flight simulator.   They were also given the opportunity to build an DIY drone modeled after the popular DJI Phantom drones.   In addition, Benoit brought a number of references, tools, and other drone and ROV systems to the workshop so students could get a first hand look at this technology.    While this was just a one day workshop, next year, the plan is to have a more comprehensive 3 day workshop that will include some field time with this technology.

 

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