Moscow, Russian Federation
I work for Transparent World (TW) since November 2014, and most of my working time now is devoted to mapping. The project is about to make a map of all biggest plantations in the Earth and evaluate of climate change. This is a work in collaboration with World Resource Institute (www.wri.org). As a result we should present a vector map with all worlds’s biggest plantations and attributive information about plantation’s species and areas. We should do verification and make a statistical report of what we’ve done. My task is to make a DB of species. It will allow people who are faced with the task of identification vegetation in the Landsat images identify species with a certain probability. This database will be like a tutorial and will be based on materials that we have gathered during our work: spectral reflectance of different plants, plantation geometry and other direct and indirect indicators. Since the Plantation project will be continued in other countries, such a base is a necessary. Moreover, my plan - use the results of our work in the fields (verification plantations) for research purposes. Points, collected from the field I’ll put in GBIF - Global Biodiversity Information Facility (www.gbif.org) portal.GBIF is a platform for sharing biodiversity data for re-use, it is providing evidence for research and decisions, collaborating as a global community.
It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet. Transparent World will be the first organization in GBIF from Russia. Russia is not a member of this international project, but we, as a country, have a lot of valuable information, and someone should be case for all Russian scientific society. Transparent World has an extensive plans for the nearest future: there are works on Plantation project, projects devoted to illegal logging monitoring with environmental investigation agency, and works on Monitoring of water pollution in mining of placer gold project.
This project is made not only for Russia, but for Mongolia also. My colleague, Alexandra Loshkareva, has created a web-service, a map, where people can point a polluted rivers because of gold mining. I’ve just started to work on this project, detecting wasted rivers in Amur region. My aim is to find the connection between suspensions in the water (river) and river spectral characteristics on Landsat image. It will allow to determine from the images as far pollution standards are exceeded in the water. Which will effectively pay attention to government and the public on environmental crimes. Also, the purpose of this project is dissemination of information about the possibility of free use of images to find pollutions in the water in different regions and countries. There is a plan to make a workshop for the local nature protecting organizations in the Altai region to tell them how to detect the pollutions and mark them on the map. I am preparing for is the workshop, and I hope that we will make it in other regions of the country also. Another project, where I want to participate, is creating a web service on the territory of Russia, which displays information about completed projects of NP “Transparent World”. Non-profit organizations, like Transparent World, hold on people who can engage in various projects and know various work tools. It has no opportunities to take a lot of highly specialized professionals, so each employee must be very "high-quality" and miscellaneous. My goal is to become such a team member.
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