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How technology made From Kurils With Love possible
While From Kurils with Love was getting airtime at various festivals during the first half of 2020, the overwhelming feedback seemed to be: how can we see more of the Kurils? How can we learn more about the Kurils? How can we understand the challenges that Vladimir Burkanov is facing on his mission to protect the Kurils?
The expedition was set up to have two scientists on board: Rishi Sugla, who is an oceanographer, and Jeff Kerby, who researches in plant life and animal interactions in extreme environments. So these two were the scientific backbone of the crew - until last minute we received a request to take someone on board who wanted to check his timelapse cameras around the islands and bring replenishments to some of his team on Tyulenyi.
How an encounter results in a second mission for expedition #withkurilswithlove
Raikoke shortly after the eruption. The island used to be lush and green.<p>Vladimir's areas of expertise include ecology and conservation of marine mammals in the Far-East Seas of Russia and the North Pacific. Hence his interest and scientific investigations in the marine mammals that inhabit the waters and coastal areas of the Kuril islands. For his research he earlier placed several HD camera traps to observe the seal population on Raikoke.</p>
Say cheese<p>Today's camera traps sense warm moving objects, like animals, through a connected infrared sensor. They can be left on the spot to observe an area for weeks or even months, to record all activity of animals. With the data scientists are able to identify whole communities of species, how they are structured and interact. Plus, they are 'wildlife' friendly, so not bothering the animals in any way.</p>
Volcano roaring back to life<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTg2ODU1Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MzAxMDk0M30.WlJZaL82cYu6VYzoPNXL8yz_w6Is58P2xxWVAbgSfW4/img.jpg?width=980" id="d4630" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="af30eb90adc34817ec8d1e0ef005ed04" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Raikoke 22 days after the eruption.<p>One might think what an unfortunate habitat to raise your seal pups, why-oh-why chose that location. However, unlike other volcanoes in the region, Raikoke seldom erupts. The last time the volcano erupted was in 1924 – after 146 years of no activity. Last June, 95 years later, it roared back to life sending a plum of ash up to 17 km high. The latter was <a href="https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145226/raikoke-erupts" target="_blank">observed and captured</a> by several satellites as well as astronauts on the international Space Station, resulting in some dramatic photos and videos.<br></p><p>Curious about Raikoke's seal population and what Vladimir will find at island? Follow the expedition #fromkurilswithlove and find out!</p>