Vaquita Monitoring: Project Updates

SphereCam for Marine Monitoring: 2016 REU

Vaquita marina is a critically-endangered porpoise endemic to the northern gulf of California, between the fishing villages of San Felipe and El Golfo de Santa Clara. First discovered in 1958, the population has rapidly declined over the last few dec...

First Tests of SphereCam and Mariner for Expedition Vaquita

This weekend we completed initial field testing of the Mariner quadcopter and the SphereCam, two of the technologies that we are deploying to capture media and scientific data of the vaquita, a critically-endangered porpoise in the Gulf of California...

Flight Testing for Vaquita Aerial Surveys

We recently completed initial flight testing of the fixed-wing aerial platform we will deploy in Mexico to survey vaquita, a critically-endangered porpoise. Our platform consists of a modified 3D Robotics Aero plane outfitted with a Sony QX1 camera f...

Water Visibility Survey for Underwater Vaquita Camera Traps

Last week our collaborators at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research visited San Felipe as part of their ongoing Community-Based Conservation of Vaquita project.  Along the way, they were kind enough to take some water visibility m...

Test of Aerial Imaging Resolution for Aerial Surveys of Vaquita

One of the goals of the vaquita project is to use low-cost, unmanned planes to do aerial surveys of the Vaquita Refuge and surrounding areas in order to provide visual evidence of vaquita outside the refuge.  Visual sightings will provide support ...

Baja California Site Visit

Last week, members of Engineers for Exploration got to visit San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. San Felipe is a small fishing town on the west side of the Gulf of California that is a prim...