Public Lab - Executive Director - Shannon Dosemagen - Eco City 2017 World Summit

TREE HEALTH CALCULATOR - 1.0

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 3 months ago.

This discussion group provides a great example of the power and effectiveness of global open source community engagement platforms such as Photosynq and Public Lab.

This morning I received an email from Shannon Dosemagen, Executive Director of Public Lab. Shannon has been invited by the City of Melbourne to deliver presentations and workshops at the EcoCity 2017 World Summit and at Melbourne Conversations events. Shannan was able to make contact with me due to a post I had put on Public Lab earlier in the week. My enquiry post was promptly replied to by Public Lab’s Advocacy Manager - Gilbert Rochon in much detail. At first I thought it was a universe type fluke of fortune, but it is just great design. For we must understand, this is what happens when great minds and engaged communities are given the tools to connect with one another. I met with Shannon and demonstrated the fist v1 Multispeq that the PhotosynQ team signed for me on some nearby City of Melbourne Trees. You can see the excitement in her smile, maybe because Public Lab played a role in providing us with the prototype Beta units. I then finished off a good day by attended her inspiring workshop Sensing our Environment
How incredible is it, that two people dedicated to community environmental data collection in different scope of field, from opposite sides of the globe can connect in the space of hrs. Maybe it isn’t so incredible, maybe…Its great design. Below is the data Shannon collected “Down Under” and some happy snaps. Great to meet you Shannon and look for to a catchup and Geekout in Asia with our good friends Greg and Marc. Matthew.

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 3 months ago.

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Shannon in action, collecting data for the Tree Health Calculator 1.0

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 3 months ago.

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At the workshop

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 3 months ago.

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The data collected... What do you think Shannon, do you think the surrounding building are effecting the canopy function?

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Pascale Miller

submitted 3 months ago.

Looks like tree number three I'm guessing is close to a building where light intensity is reduced, temperatures are warmer, relative chlorophyll is reduced. Am I interpreting this right and making right hypotheses? Not sure what PhiNO or Phi2 are...

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 3 months ago.

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Pascale, here is the pictures of the trees in relation to the building. Interestingly the Tree's are Morton Bay Fig. They are planted close and there is an enormous building site on the south western side that may effect future photosynthetic capacity. Something worth thinking and measuring due to global Urban Forestry and high density city centers.

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 3 months ago.

Wow Pascale.... Im impressed! I actually didn't get a chance to look at it in detail as it got late last night. But yes tree three was closest to the building. This exercise was a demo for Shannon but may lead to some community engagement projects with the City of Melbourne.

That question about buildings effecting photosynthesis, has been on my mind the last few days because I have been in the city a bit. There are building going up every where and so much cold winter shade. Would make for a good study. Thanks for posting Pascale, Im sure Shannon will get a kick out of the community engagement aspect to this platform.

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Matthew Daniel

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more basic average graphs

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 3 months ago.

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There are loads of ways to load up the data once it is on the platform. in the third file I chose one single measure that shows the trace and meta data. There is so much data in a single measure it takes 4 screenshots to present! As we didn't have the time to go through the whole Tree Health Calculator 1.0 parameters I entered the meta data questions asking for additional soil health measures such as Compaction/moisture as ns (No Sample)