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Lake Michigan

July 1 2015
We are a group of citizen scientists in and around the Chicago area. We will use the ROV to explore around the site of the 2014 Lake Michigan BP oil spill from the Whiting Refinery in northwest Indiana. Using a sailboat to explore the lake, we will outfit the ROV with Aduino and BeagleBoard add-ons based on the work of Public Lab, a DIY citizen science community.

July 1 2015

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We will use an OpenROV to explore around the site of the 2014 Lake Michigan BP oil spill from the Whiting Refinery in northwest Indiana: http://bit.ly/Zq3Fer

We will work to outfit the OpenROV with Aduino and BeagleBoard add-ons based on the work of Public Lab, a DIY citizen science community (publiclab.org). These modifications could measure for temperature, conductivity, and depth. Or maybe a webcam with near infrared, if that is a possibility.

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This is wonderful! I'm curious about the near infrared camera. Does this help spot pelagic oil? Looking forward to following along!

Hi Erika, Thanks for your comment. My understanding is that most infrared photography has been used to gauge plant health using aerial mapping... so it may not be useful or even possible underwater. This is very much a preliminary proposal/idea which will benefit from guidance from our broader community. It will be easy to do some tests before heading out on a full expedition with the ROV.

FYI here's an example of aerial infrared mapping that's happened around the Gulf Coast: http://crwd.mp/1uHoptH

Very interested by the add-ons and the process to implement them.
Good luck!

Hey guys,
Checking in on progress. Did you ever get the ROV built?

We just finished the ROV build a couple months ago. But we want to test it for waterproofness before taking it out. The tutorial mentioned a contraption that mechanics use to test water resistance-- is there a resource for more info? I don't have any auto shop friends to help out so I'd like to do some more research.