Rock Art Research & Conservation with Kestrel Weather Meters

Can caves tell stories? Yes! Especially when it comes to cave paintings, dating back to the earliest known depictions from 35,400 years ago. Some of the most well-known cave paintings throughout the world are in the Cave of Altamira (Spain), Lascaux (France), and Magura Cave (Bulgaria). While some cave paintings remain inside caves, others are on display at museums. Whether the painting in question is indoors or outdoors, the environment will significantly determine the conservation and longevity of the art. How Was Paint Made for Cave Art? Prehistoric paint isn't like the paint we use today. The pigments used in...

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Environmental Research: Coastal Carbon Cycling

Just like fluxes in the weather and atmosphere, the ocean experiences cycles and carbon dynamics. With the oceans in close proximity to humans, this cycle is affected in several ways including upwelling, river influxes, air-sea gas exchange, export, production, and sediment burial. There is an array of ecological, biological/biochemistry, and economic benefits of coastal oceans. However, the variable carbon fluxes are poorly quantified. It is important to document the magnitude and variability of coastal oceans, as well as open oceans, to learn which processes control the fluxes. Kestrel Weather Meters can help provide a link between coastal oceans, human activity,...

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Nature's Music: Recording the Sounds of The Natural World

Cracks of thunder. Forest rainstorms. Whistling blizzards. Those are the sounds of the natural world that surround us. Whether you are listening to nature sounds for science or as a way to soothe your soul, there is a lot that we can learn by putting an ear to the environment. Field sound recordists set out to nearly every corner of the earth to capture the sound of music played by all the elements in the natural world. But, what is there to gain from recording the sounds of nature, and how is it applied in science? The Wonderful Purpose of...

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Kestrel Meters and Biomimicry Research: Desert Edition

We learn a lot from nature. With all of the interesting and diverse climates that exist around the world, desert regions remain unique for their hostile environment of barren, hot, dry landscapes with very little rainfall to sustain living things. Desert conditions make it difficult for most plants and animals to survive. This is one of the reasons the desert serves as a significant biome for field study research. Studying how desert plants and animals have adapted to survive in such a harsh habitat can lead to important insight and scientific discovery – particularly in biomimicry research. Biomimicry involves studying...

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Prescribed Fire Safety and Kestrel Weather Meters

A prescribed fire - otherwise known as a controlled burn - is beneficial and necessary for several reasons. First, it helps decrease the likelihood of large and uncontrolled fires occurring, causing extensive damage and even loss of life. It influences the growth of trees and vegetation, while some species depend on those fires to thrive. No matter the reason for a prescribed fire, there are also several considerations to keep in mind for safety and success. This includes components such as location and weather. Wind's Impact on Fire Wind is very influential when it comes to prescribed fires---or any fire,...

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