Protecting Water With Data Science and Language Analytics on Social Media

I explore public data sets, quantifying the impact of climate change and industrialization on water quality.  Currently, I am focused on exploring the consequences of domestic energy independence projects, specifically how these projects damage and interfere with indigenous communities.  My goal is to map areas of construction over time while correlating with GPS enabled social media activity (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) to highlight activist and water Protector efforts.  My long term goal is to assist tribal efforts, serving as an expert witness in legal proceedings regarding Big Oil’s encroachment on protected lands.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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