GIS folks are two for two this week in Pollination Project grants. First, there was Alex Chaucer's badging grant and now this:
Humpback whales travel the Pacific Ocean every winter to their breeding grounds near the equator. The whales now have a breeding environment that is much less polluted than it was a year ago, thanks to Amy Work and Geoporter, who received a grant so residents of Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica, could use GPS units and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to track community resources. For five months, residents categorized and mapped trash along the streets and beaches in town. With more than 50 inches of annual rainfall, it doesn't take long for trash in the streets to make the short journey to the ocean. Along with trash, technology helps them track the whale sightings during the different migration seasons, helping them understand the patterns today as well to see changes in whale numbers, location, and arrival and departure dates in the future.