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Question: Good guides on doing a photo survey of a site?

warren is asking a question about photo-monitoring
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by warren | March 14, 2017 19:01 | #14017

I've heard from both community groups and environmental lawyers that doing a basic photographic survey of a place is a really good first step in documenting almost any environmental problem. There are some great comments on this in the June 2016 OpenHour on "Proof", for example.

I'm hoping we can include this as part of our Methods page, and am looking for a good existing guide we can point people at. Does anyone know of some, hopefully illustrated or with photos (and example photos) for the kinds of photos and other information that make up a good basic description of an environmental problem's effect on a site?


Via @juliakumari:

We did this video on how to do it for weather and climate related photo surveys. Hope it helps.

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This doesn't offer guidance on the survey itself, but has a lot of information about taking an individual photo with good metadata, and a means to verify the photo as evidence:

To Capture Photographic Evidence of an Incident

The InformaCam system, and specifically the CameraV app, is well suited for capturing photographic evidence of an incident of any nature. This could range from the aftermath of a car accident, to the damage of property during a natural disaster. It could also be used to document violence between citizens, or between police or military forces and citizens.

The goal in any of these cases is to capture the state of some thing, at a specific point of time, and then share that media evidence with an authority that can use it for the application of justice or monetary compensation. In this case, the encrypted storage and verification features help prove that the evidence was not tampered with, and was captured at the time and place that matches the crime.

A secondary goal could be for advocacy and awareness. Using CameraV in this cases helps bolster your case, to provide proof to your broader public audience that what they are seeing is true, authentic and unmodified.

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And encrypted storage, both local and online. CameraV is a great tool! As always reccomend, using the "historical images" of google earth gives us very important information about terrain modifications over time, places to later photograph, ways of access... I leave here an example of a landfill made with google earth images juxtaposed with JuxtaposeJS, a free open source tool by the Knight Foundation.

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This is a really useful tool, thanks so much for sharing!

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