Balloons are a central tool in the Public Laboratory mapping kit. Mathew Lippincott will demonstrate a camera-bearing helium balloon that is small enough to fly without prior FAA clearance to altitudes up to 4000 ft. It is an approachable, inexpensive way for civic organizations to document their events and environments. Small-scale mapping offers communities high temporal as well as spacial resolution, capturing phenomena ranging from Deepwater Horizon oil to vegetation growth to occupy camps.
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