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Mapping and route planning

A critical component of Tepui Watch  project determining spatial relationships between fauna, flora, and geography. We use georeferencing and GIS techniques to track both our camera traps and overflights to keep a record of where biodiversity hot spots on Auyan Tepui are. Using both satellite maps and overflights of Auyan, we are able to conduct advanced cartography of Auyan which has been previously unavailable. Over time, this will allow us to not only conduct a vegetational and faunal analysis of Auyan, but also monitor the effects of climate change on Tepui ecosystem dynamics.  Currently, we are looking to expand our capacities with mounted camera rigs, and acquire higher resolution satellite images.

Auyan tepui Overflight

Our esteemed Board Member Vittorio Assandria provided this video of Auyan, to give you a sense of the size of Mt. Auyan Tepui

Lagoon area overflight

During the course of our explorations, we use satellite maps and geo tagging on Google Earth to aid our cartographic efforts. While satellite images can be a tremendous tool, we also need to overfly our expedition routes to map local topography and forest cover. Before moving into the north of Auyan into the lagoon ecosystem, we conducted such an overflight to examine both the route and salient geographic features. In this case, we learned that the rivers feeding into the lagoon were in fact forested gorges. We also learned that an area seemingly clear of vegetation was a small hill top, as opposed to a depression.