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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:02 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 21 May 2013 18:43
Solo Shoreline Video Assessment
Surveying mangroves solo from a motorised kayak
Necessity is the mother of invention leading to a solo SVAM setup Bill Ellis has created for his kayak. To overcome the difficulty of getting into the many shallow sites around Tampa Bay, Bill has mounted the SVAM camera in a waterproof housing on an adjustable platform. Notes are recorded, including waypoint numbers, by speaking them aloud and retrieving them later. His only problem is zoom control; moving the boat towards or away from the shore is the only control of the field of view. We hear that further refinements are likely.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 21:59 Written by Mangrove Hub Friday, 17 May 2013 21:53
Saint Leo team monitoring mangrove health
BY JEROME R. STOCKFISCH
Published: April 26, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG - They are the stinky trees. Mosquito factories. Barriers to our cherished water views.
But Florida’s mangroves are also valuable wetland habitats, coastal water filters, defenders against storm surge, and they help mute the effects of climate change.
A group from Saint Leo University in Pasco County is compiling a record of Tampa Bay’s mangroves, the tropical trees that thrive in saltwater at the edge of shore. Crews of faculty and students led by biology professor William Ellis have been recording the condition of the Tampa Bay shoreline with video and still cameras, global positioning devices and spoken and written anecdotal observations.
Read the full article in the Tampa Bay Tribune