Balloon Mapping

The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines is equipped to do balloon and kite aerial photography using techniques perfected by PSDS worked with, GonzoEarth, and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade on imagery associated with the BP oil spill in the spring and summer of 2010. Click here to see images from those missions.

The improvements of our aerial photography over Google Earth imagery are dramatic and in April 2012, GoogleEarth and Google Maps (satellite view) started using our student made map as the top layer.


Adam Griffith of PSDS is leading students on the current effort to map the entire WCU campus.  An overview is below.  Click here for complete details in an expanded Excel spreadsheet.

Check out WCU senior Brad Proctor's quick stitch of campus.  Check back for more images as we get better at stitching them together.



 Date       Area Method  Height (ft.)  Photos File DL  People
21 OCT Cherokee  Balloon   1000  1136 2.62 GB Caitlin Atkinson, Adam Griffith
 1 OCT Ramsey to Stillwell  Balloon   1000   1917 5.32 GB Arthur Bien, A.C. Courtney, Rachel Phipps, Adam Griffith (Will Roberts)
 24 SEP Ramsey to Belk  Balloon   1000  1824 Failed mission  Arthur Bien, AC Courtney, Aundrea Miller, Rachel Phipps, Adam Griffith
 23 SEP Greek Village  Balloon    700  1845 5.21 GB Caitlin Atkinson, Jason Bock, Adam Griffith
 22 SEP Intramural Fields  Balloon    700   1129 2.94 GB Katie McDowell, Adam Griffith (Katherine Eagle)


Click here to view the Photoshop cheat sheet.

This is the free software used to unpack .rar files: WinRAR-32-bit/3000-2250_4- 10007677.html



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