About 400 people from around Alaska and elsewhere converged on the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center this week to talk about how residents of the state’s rural and remote communities can reduce high energy costs during the 20th Rural Energy Conference.
A researcher is developing a device that could help make monitoring halibut bycatch more efficient. Craig Rose from FishNext Research is in town for Kodiak’s fisheries trade show, ComFish, and will talk about the ongoing project: a chute camera and its accompanying software.
The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association collected 140 million data points of sea floor data from its members and reconciled it with federal and state maps. The goal is to make Sitka’s small boat fleet more competitive and efficient.
Since 2014, the state has recruited citizen scientists to monitor bats in Southeast Alaska, and discoveries are being made. For example, last summer, the state recorded the first documentation of swarming behavior outside of a cave or mine.
A weather app called mPing allows the National Weather Service to use realtime information from the public to fine-tune its forecasts. The scientist who invented it is pretty excited. Besides helping make better forecasts, mPing also is a sophisticated research tool.