Gigapanning Patagonia – National Geographic News Watch

Noted biologist Stuart Pimm discusses the use of GigaPan technology; merging hundreds of digital images taken from a one spot to create a single large image that can be explored in detail. Dr. Pimm is using the resulting image as a literal and figurative snapshot of the condition of a new Patagonia National Park. It is a relatively cheap way to create a detailed image of existing habitat.

This technology has broad application. For example, such a setup could be used to compare habitats before and after habitat management practices, document museum collections, create high resolution images of a single species, or as a citizen science/public engagement project (i.e., find all the birds in this picture).

If anyone is interested applying this technology to their existing or new project, please let me know!