_Image above by @liz_ Our work in Somerville is developing in partnership with [Parts and Crafts]( Somerville is also home to [Sprout]( and the Boston-area Dorkbot chapter. ##Projects## In Somerville, we've been interested in * measuring vegetation health using [near-infrared cameras](/tool/near-infrared-camera) * detecting heat leaks with cheap, DIY [thermal photography](/tool/thermal-photography), allowing for better winterization and heating bill savings * investigating waste flows, such as where our trash goes -- with Pablo Rey from []( * check out this map of a [landfill in Saugus, MA]( which we made in late 2011 * improving the [DIY spectrometer](/tool/spectrometer) for investigating oil and tar contamination (mainly for use at the [Gowanus Canal](/place/new-york-city) and along the [Gulf Coast](/place/gulf-coast) <iframe style="border:none;" width="500" height="375" src=""></iframe> *Above: a kite map of the Saugus incinerator ash landfill, where most of the Boston area's trash ends up.* We occasionally have meetups at the Pirateship, so get in touch [on the mailing list](/wiki/mailing-lists) if you're interested in participating in or organizing a local meetup. At Parts & Crafts, we've been doing occasional workshops building [spectrometers](/tool/spectrometer), [infrared cameras](/tool/near-infrared-camera), such as the one used to take this photograph: ###Tool sharing Folks on the local **plots-boston** discussion list often lend and borrow Public Lab kits and other resources. To request a kit, or help with a kit from other local members, please email the list -- you can sign up in the upper left. To offer resources borrowing, please add your name and the available tool below: * DIY Spectrometer: [warren](/profile/warren), [kgradow1](/profile/kgradow1) * Kites (9-foot & 7-foot): [warren](/profile/warren), [kgradow1](/profile/kgradow1) * Balloon Mapping kits: [warren](/profile/warren) * Space for events: [kgradow1](/profile/kgradow1) * [Infragram](/wiki/infragram) cameras: [warren](/profile/warren) Other things are often available, so please ask on the list if you're wondering! **** ##Pollution reports Nearby pollution issues (by [SkyTruth Alerts]( <iframe width="960" height="650" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src=",-71.2071,42.4437,-70.9667"></iframe>

Learn more »

Ask a question about somerville-massachusetts Subscribe to answer questions on this topic

by views by likes

See more people near here

Public Lab is open for anyone and will always be free. By signing up you'll join a diverse group of community researchers and tap into a lot of grassroots expertise.

Sign up