Public Laboratory Balloon and Kite Mapping
|Goal||Develop, apply open-source tools to environmental exploration.|
|Task||Incorporate these DIY aerial mapping tools in your research.|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
This DIY mapping tool was the first developed by Public Lab, as part of the Grassroots Mapping project. Citizens use helium-filled balloons and digital cameras to generate high resolution “satellite” maps of areas such as in the Gulf Coast and Gowanus Canal. Although this tool has been in use for two years, components of the kit -- kite and balloon design, the rig, the camera -- continue to evolve as they are adopted in new places and adapted for new purposes. Besides the aerial mapping tools, Public Lab has also developed MapKnitter.org, an online tool for stitching aerial images into maps.
As featured in Chapter 2 of Citizen Science by Caren Cooper.
|How to Join||
Public Lab is an open community (join now!) which investigates environmental issues with DIY tools. To get involved in this project, join the active Grassroots Mapping community by creating a user profile on the Public Lab website, joining the listserve and heading out to map!
This page lists all the materials you need to get your aerial mapping kit together: http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/balloon-mapping-materials
Balloon mapping kits are also available for purchase if you don't want to locally source your materials: http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/balloon-mapping-kit
Note: The $95.00 kit cost does not include helium
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, Emergency Response, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium|
|Tags||aerial-mapping, balloon-mapping, diy, grassroots-mapping, kite-mapping, open-source, tools|
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