Swinburne University students completed a proof-of-concept of Bunjil Forest Watch in 2012.

The prototype:

  • allows a local group to register an area of interest with a web form
  • allows a volunteer to sign up.
  • checks the USGS Landsat RSS feed for new images of the area.
  • downloads matching images, extracts the relevant bands and computes an NDVI image.
  • emails the volunteer with a link to viewer the NDVI image beside the previously stored image.
  • allows the volunteer to compare the images and
  • allows the volunteer to add a place mark and create a report.
  • emails the local group with the report

The proof of concept was completed with Ruby on Rails.