This project is also part of Duke’s first Climate+ cohort
Duke Data+ students, in collaboration with Dr. Emily Bernhardt (faculty advisor) and Audrey Thellman (graduate student) will evaluate how changing ice and snow conditions are impacting river ecosystems through classified ice imagery. Currently, our team has data from 7 field cameras that have been taking photos of the stream channel each day since 2018. We have created training data and code for a machine learning classifier to transform these photos into ecologically relevant indices, such as percent snow coverage. The Data+ team will modularize and visualize this classification pipeline to increase accessibility of our data product. Students will have the opportunity to work with a team of scientists at the New Hampshire site, U.S. Geological Survey partners with vested interest in the data product, and data scientists working in the Bernhardt Lab who have completed and are currently working on similar projects that increase availability and usability of environmental data (see https://cuahsi.shinyapps.io/macrosheds/).
Project Lead: Audrey Thellman, Emily Bernhardt