What I want to do
Float a balloon over a number of 1-ha permanent forest plots along an elevation transect in Peru. I plan to use point-and-shoots and Photoscan to derive 3-D scenes of the plot. If possible, I would also like to float a FLIR IR camera over the plots. I will float over a few points in each plot to have enough data to derive 3D scenes.
We will have LiDAR and T-LiDAR data for the plots as well, so this will be a good test case for the performance of DIY balloon-mapping methods in tropical forests.
My attempt and results
Questions and next steps
I have the balloon kit and a Canon SD870 with CHDK and an intervalometer script. I've seen the instructions for the PET bottle camera rig. I plan to use big trees and other landmarks for registration with LiDAR data. Anything else to consider?