This past Saturday, September 27, the GCC in collaboration with Public Lab hosted a Gowanus Low-Altitude Mapping (GLAM) Event.
Using balloon-mapping technology: a camera attached to a string attached to a big helium balloon combined with a lot of creativity and patience, we set out on a beautiful (and if anything a little hot) September day to take some great photos of the Gowanus Canal and the adjacent area. Using this method, the GCC can obtain low-altitude, high-resolution photographs which would otherwise be unattainable. With these, we can track the health and appearance of the canal, vegetation changes around the canal and overall keep up-to-date documentation of the changes around the canal.
With the help of volunteers and canoes we were able to get some great and useful pictures. We utilized food coloring in order to help track the streams and flows of the canal as well.
Everything ran smoothly and there were no mishaps, the balloon didn’t pop and no canoe overturned, though I must admit to being a little sore even two days after all that rowing!
-Yesmin Vega, Urban Forestry Intern and Volunteer Coordinator