Kelly Lab SPUR Students Drew Adamski and Ryan Avery have been participating in lab research all semester. In particular they have been helping classify trails within the Pacific West's National Parks. This month we were lucky enough to travel out with them to Point Reyes National Seashore to see some of those trails in person. We were also lucky enough to spend the day with Chief Ranger Schifsky who was kind enough to talk to us about what issues different trails in the park were facing and which trails seemed to be changing most rapidly. Chief Schifsky was also kind enough to show us some of the points in the park where the landscape had changed dramatically over time due to fire, restoration projects, or differing management strategies. Overall it was a really inspiring and informative trip!
Check out the Geo-tagged tweets in Yosemite Valley. If you look closely you can see that people are tweeting from the top of Half-Dome, The Mist Trail, Glacier Point, and many parts of Yosemite Valley. Harnessing this publicly available information may help in understanding what people are thinking and doing in our National Parks.
All 6 Billion Geo-tagged Tweets are available to view at: https://api.tiles.mapbox.com/v4/enf.c3a2de35/page.html?access_token=pk.eyJ1IjoiZW5mIiwiYSI6IkNJek92bnMifQ.xn2_Uj9RkYTGRuCGg4DXZQ#14/37.7386/-119.5548