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Tuesday, February 7 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Technical Session. A Watershed in Motion: Understanding Changing Dynamics Across Time and Space

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AUTHORS: Emma Brinley Buckley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and NET Television; Mary Harner, Departments of Communication & Biology, University of Nebraska at Kearney; Michael Forsberg, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Michael Forsberg Photography; Michael Farrell, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and NET Television

ABSTRACT: Time-lapse imagery offers a passive technique for visual monitoring and recording of changing natural systems. With over forty time-lapse camera installations, the Platte Basin Time-lapse (PBT) project is a multimedia endeavor documenting a stressed watershed throughout the Great Plains to contribute to scientific research, while simultaneously supporting science communication and other forms of public engagement. We are exploring methods for streamlining visual and automated image analysis so that standard techniques may be applied across cameras to increase the spatial scale. For example, we use batch classification of images to quantify water inundation in aquatic systems lacking monitoring data to assess hydrologic fluctuations in relation to water quality. In addition, we pair time-lapse images with other data to visually illustrate changing dynamics. In this presentation we highlight on-going projects and share ways that other researchers may engage with PBT. We invite you to explore more at www.plattebasintimelapse.com.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 2:00pm - 2:20pm CST
Grand Ballroom D