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DIY Kite Photographs the Gulf Oil Spill to Map its True Size
Posted By Brit Liggett On June 10, 2010 @ 2:30 pm In Design,Disaster-proof design,DIY,green gadgets,Innovation,Social Design | 2 Comments
The news media has been snapping photos of the destruction that the oil spill  is causing as it floats toward shore, but recently the government and BP have been restricting aerial photographs of the spill at sea. The New York Times reported this week  that journalists have repeatedly been turned down when asked to fly over the spill in aircraft. It seems Warren has found a way around this issue with his mapping project.
Grassroots Mapping  was started as a way to break down the power structure inherent in the cartography world and give regular citizens the power to make aerial maps of just about anything. The project teaches people how to make high-definition maps of the ground from above. In the case of the Gulf Coast oil spill, Warren and the Grassroots team is releasing all photos taken  of the devastation into the public domain for all to see and use as they please. The maps will provide information that allows scientists to map the extent of the spill and could assist with creating a plan to clean it up — check out our ideas here . Grassroots Mapping is currently in the midst of a fund raising campaign  to collect cash to put kits in the hands of more citizens to help finish their stitched together aerial map  of the spill.
Via The New York Times Bits Blog 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/10/diy-kite-photographs-the-gulf-oil-spill-to-map-the-spills-true-size/grassroots-mapping-6/
 oil spill: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=gulf+coast+oil+spill
 reported this week: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/us/10access.html?hp
 Grassroots Mapping: http://grassrootsmapping.org/
 all photos taken: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreywarren/sets/72157623910039211/
 our ideas here: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/05/top-5-green-ways-to-clean-up-oil-spills/
 fund raising campaign: http://grassrootsmapping.org/about/
 stitched together aerial map: http://maps.grassrootsmapping.org/may-9-chandeleur-balloon/
 + MIT Center for Future Civic Media: http://civic.mit.edu/
 The New York Times Bits Blog: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/hacking-the-gulf-oil-spill-with-kites-and-cameras/
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