A unique custom-made boat equipped with six state-of-the-art digital cameras has been deployed from Cooperstown to document a virtual tour of the Susquehanna River, all the way to Chesapeake Bay.
High-resolution, 360-degree images are taken every 50 feet by six cameras mounted on the vessel 10 feet above the water’s surface. The images will be stitched together to create a digital image map of the entire Susquehanna River.
The Terrain360 boat and its cameras were deployed by the Annapolis, Md.-based Chesapeake Conservancy to capture images along the entire length of the East Coast’s longest river.
The virtual tour will allow viewers to see first-hand what a paddling experience or other adventure on the river might be like. The maps produced from the images will include information on public access points, history, recreation and points of conservation value along the river. They will allow people to explore the river from their screens – whether telephone, tablet or PC.
The boat and rotating crew will spend the summer capturing the images and creating the virtual tour of the Susquehanna, which should be available to the public later this year on the Chesapeake Conservancy’s web site at www.chesapeakeconservancy.org
River lovers can follow the voyage on Twitter @Terrain360 and @ChesConserv and submit name ideas for the watercraft.