Downstream participates in “Balloon Mapping” workshop

This short video trailer captures the essence of a two-day balloon mapping workshop that was held at Andy Guest State Park on July 20 and 21. Our thanks to Beverly Pearce of Denizen Media for pulling this program together and to Adam Griffith of PLOTS (Public Laboratory of Open Technology and Science) for such an excellent workshop.

To create these comprehensive maps, the cameras, were suspended from specially designed balloons and left in continuous drive mode, taking a stream of aerial photos along a three-mile stretch of the Shenandoah. These photographs were then “knitted” together into superior, high-resolution maps and overlaid onto existing Google satellite imaging. Some of the images here were captured with a GoPro Hero camera shooting 1080i at 30fps.

“Normally aerial maps are made from satellites and airplanes. The balloon and kite ground-based approach introduces an on-demand capability where events or environmental conditions are mapped at a specific moment in time. Our community is particularly interested in applying this to civic and environmental issues.” —from the PLOTS website

For more information, contact Bill Howard at The Downstream Project.

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