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GigaBlitz will turn high-resolution images of nature into global inventory of organisms, habitats
Date:5/26/2011

a, the GigaBlitz is being organized by Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Pennsylvania's state apiarist, and M. Alex Smith, assistant professor of integrative biology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. All three are fellows of the Fine Outreach for Science, a project funded by the Fine Foundation of Pittsburgh to foster scientific use of gigapixel imagery.

Other citizen science initiatives, such as Cornell University's annual Great Backyard Bird Count, have proven valuable for documenting the distribution and movement of species over a broad area.

"No scientist or group of scientists is able to routinely mount such a massive effort," noted Illah Nourbakhsh, a professor in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and head of the CREATE Lab. "GigaBlitz follows that tradition. GigaPan technology is making possible a new type of biological survey that we expect to stimulate new understanding and appreciation for organisms and their habitats."

The organizers anticipate that GigaBlitzes will take place annually during the summer and winter solstice weeks the solstice day, plus the three days before and after. The solstice weeks tie the events to seasonal rhythms in both hemispheres and allow participants several occasions to capture images of their chosen subjects when changing light and weather permit.


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Contact: Byron Spice
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Carnegie Mellon University
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