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Kite Based Sensor Array by Pamir Kite Network

Please find below the judging results for your proposal.

Finalist Evaluation

Judges'' comments

SUBJECT: Climate CoLab Judging Results

Proposal: Kite Based Sensor Array

Contest: Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains

Thank you for participating in the 2015 Climate CoLab Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains contest, and for the time you spent in creating and revising your entry.

The Judges have strongly considered your proposal in this second round of evaluation, and have chosen to not advance it as a Finalist for this contest.

We, the Judges and contest Fellows, are truly grateful for your contribution to the Climate CoLab and for your commitment to address climate change.

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2015 Climate CoLab Judges

Additional comments from the Judges:

The idea of kites as a low-cost way to collect data is very cool, especially when the kites can be simultaneously used for other purposes like telecommunications. This is a novel approach to adding new data for monitoring. The proposal would be stronger if there were more detail about the data that would be collected and how it might be related to the traditional calendars and how it can enhance predictive or anticipatory ability. To further strengthen the proposal, it would be good to explain how the use of kites and the data the kites will collect relates on traditional local knowledge. Perhaps the key weakness of the proposal is a lack of opportunity for local people to participate in the design and management of the project – as it is, it feels like an idea from the outside and it is not clear that people from the region are interested in this kind of approach. Are the project outcomes or project design compatible with the cultural norms of the community?

While the proposal puts together many ideas and concepts, it is lacking in coherence. Some of the ideas, for example for harnessing electrical (plasma) phenomena such as high altitude, are obscure with no relevance indicated. The plan for action is weak, with cursory mention of the role of the local population. The research aspect is not described in any significant detail (what data will be collected, how will it be used, by whom and for what objectives?). This proposal has limited potential of meeting the objectives of the Contest.

Semi-Finalist Evaluation

Judges'' ratings


Judges'' comments

SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Semi-Finalist!

Congratulations! Your proposal, Kite Based Sensor Array in the "Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains" contest, has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.

You will be able to revise your proposal and add new collaborators if you wish, from now until the revision deadline (June 18, 11:59pm [EDT]).

Judges' feedback are posted under the "Evaluation" tab of your proposal. Please incorporate this feedback in your revisions, or your proposal may not be advanced to the Finalists round. We ask you to also summarize the changes that you made in the comment section of the Evaluation tab.

At the revision deadline, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will undergo another round of evaluation to ensure that Semi-Finalist proposals have addressed the feedback given, and select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round. Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award.

Thank you for your great work and again, congratulations!

Contest Judges

Judges' Feedback:

The project should demonstrate an early engagement with the community in the development of the project, its outcomes or if the project design would be compatible with the cultural norms of the community.

There should be discussion of sensors, how they could be afforded, how they should be deployed, or even how the system would work in a remote community.

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Michael Hayes

Jun 16, 2015


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Thank you for the feedback. The response is being worked-up in 'Finalist Addendum'. Again, thank you. Michael