Seeking to invert the traditional power structure of cartography, the grassroots mappers use helium balloons and kites to loft their own “community satellites” made with inexpensive digital cameras. The resulting images are georeferenced and stitched into maps which are 100x higher resolution than those offered by Google, at extremely low cost.

We need support to keep a supply of helium, and to pay for gas, kites, cameras, and protective gear for our volunteers. Please take a look at our Kickstarter page and contribute if you can:

kickstarter.com/projects/jywarren/grassroots-mapping-the-gulf-oil-spill-with-balloon/

Also check out:

grassrootsmapping.org/volunteer/
grassrootsmapping.org/gulf-oil-spill/
labucketbrigade.org/

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