As the ocean search for MH370 approaches an unsuccessful conclusion, I strongly believe that the TOMNOD results could still be of use.
Fine, you don’t have a “result” in terms of “aircraft found”. But you do have a gigantic database of “objects of interest” that were tagged by your Nodders. What can these results tell us??
Most knowledgable commentators agree that if the flight ended in the South Indian Ocean there should have been a debris field, and this debris field was potentially detectable by satellite imagery.
An area of >100,000 square kilometers along the 7th arc has now been searched with no result. This strongly suggests that “the plane isn’t there”. If it didn’t crash on the 7th arc, as the sat data predicted, then where did it crash?
Imagine, for a moment, that the Tomnod imagery of the entire SIO was reviewed by your community of taggers. If that is the case, then it is quite possible - even probable - that they did in fact identify the debris field. This makes it VERY important to understand:-
a) Which areas were covered by TOMNOD/DG imagery in the days following the plane’s disappearance?
b) Can we have a map that shows the extent of imagery that was made available for the public to review?
c) Can we also see what the results of this search were? How many “potential debris fields” were located? Where were they? Which one(s) had the highest number of tags (as filtered for credibility using your TOMNOD algorithms).
d) Just as important, can we say where the debris field ISN’T? This could help to rule out some areas as being less credible.
It seems a great shame if this “largest campaign ever” concludes with no analytic report comprising spatial analysis of the results. I have searched for such a report but I have been unable to find one.
If you agree, can you please point me towards your final analysis - or at least the database of the results arising from your campaign?