Open Reef

Capturing the Beauty of Belize from Above...

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What if that picture was taken from hundreds of feet above one of the most diverse and beautiful marine ecosystems in the world? Such images from above -- captured with unoccupied aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones...

Nov 8, 2019
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Citizen Science GIS

Isani Palacio of Hopkins Village, Drone Field...

We are proud to welcome Isani Palacio of Hopkins Village as a drone field assistant for our Citizen Science GIS and Open Reef work in Belize. He is now competent in all aspects of the DJI Phantom 4 drone mapping process to support his village....

Jul 5, 2019
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Citizen Science GIS

UCF drone team finishes eelgrass mapping with...

The first session of the fieldtrip series has been successfully carried out, which is a part of a new collaborative $1.3 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). supports Citizen Science GIS at University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF portion of the...

Jun 12, 2019
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Citizen Science GIS

Zayna Flowers from University of Belize joins...

Zayna Flowers is currently an undergraduate student of the University of Belize pursuing her degree in Natural Resource Management. She is so excited to be spending the summer with the UCF Citizen Science GIS team in Belize. She was introduced to GIS in her first...

May 13, 2019
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NSF REU

NSF REU 2019 Application Details Jan 15

Our NSF REU Site in Orlando and Belize is back in June 2019. We have a smaller program this summer focused only on the Open Reef drones and spatial storytelling track (due to limited funds). Program details and the application process will be revealed on...

Dec 28, 2018
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Citizen Science GIS

A Bird’s-Eye View of the Indian River...

OAK HILL, FLORIDA. In 2016, the University of Central Florida’s Citizen Science GIS team led by Dr. Timothy Hawthorne launched its Open Reef Initiative to create high-resolution aerial imagery of vulnerable islands and coastal environments in Belize using relatively affordable, consumer-level drones. Recently, the Coastal...

Nov 28, 2018
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Citizen Science GIS

Science’s Greatest Hope: Everyday, Extraordinary Citizens

Dear Friends of Citizen Science GIS, Yesterday, I had the honor of a lifetime. I was able to share our message of hope on the big stage at National Geographic as one of a handful of invited talks at the first National Geographic Education Summit....

Oct 30, 2018
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Esri

New $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant...

Open Reef heads west partnering with Smithsonian Institution on new $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant A new collaborative $1.3 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation will support the Open Reef initiative of Citizen Science GIS at University of Central Florida. The Open...

Aug 21, 2018
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Open Reef

Open Reef Imagery Update

Dear Open Reef fans, A friendly reminder that our website is in transition and that we plan a massive relaunch later this August. As we’ve noted in past blog and Facebook posts, for those searching for previous Open Reef imagery (like the awesome imagery below),...

Aug 2, 2018
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Citizen Science

The First Maps, Apps and Drones tour...

Written by UCF Sociology Ph.D. student, Lain Graham, and Undergraduate Anthropology major Pahola Zamora   [caption id="attachment_2508" align="aligncenter" width="604"] WALL-E  the robot in Mrs. Spain’s robot’s classroom listening to our presentation about maps, apps, and drones.[/caption] On Friday, February 2nd the maps, apps, and drones...

Feb 6, 2018
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