Ice House museum

Posted Sept. 18, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

In summer of 2019 GeoTREE student research assistant Nathan Huffman worked with the Ice House Museum in Cedar Falls to capture 360° imagery and publish that imagery to Google Street View (example) and to build a virtual tour.


IDALS project

Posted Sept. 18, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

The GeoTREE Center, the UNI Tall Grass Prairie Center and the Iowa Low Altitude Remote Sensing Lab were awarded a grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS)  to capture Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and ground-based (360°) imagery and video and build into a variety of interactive and visually appealing multi-media products that will be built to raise awareness and provide educational materials for both the Prairie on Farms and Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Programs. The products will help tell the story of the ecological, pollution control, and other benefits of tallgrass prairie. 


ITAG Conference

Posted Sept. 18, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

John DeGroote and GeoTREE student research assistants Nathan Huffman, Grant Burke, and Matt Wagner attended the Iowa Technology and Geospatial Conference in West Des Moines in June 2019. Nathan presented on work developing a Virtual Tour for the Ice House Museum in Cedar Falls, Matt on the Cedar Trails Partnership 360° project (link and link), Grant presented on work on the project with Iowa DNR to update the National Hydrography Dataset for Iowa, and John gave a small workshop on web mapping techniques. 


IGIC Geomentor Project

Posted Sept. 18, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

In summer 2019 GeoTREE student research assistants Greg Klocke, Nathan Huffman, and Matt Wagner presented an experiential environmental education lesson at the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center in conjunction with the Americorps 4H Environmental Education Program. They presented a short lesson GIS, GPS, Google Maps, and other subjects and took the group of kids and chaperones out to capture 360° imagery for publishing to Street View (example). The GeoTREE Center will also travel to Calmar, IA on September 23, 2019 to present a program for a local Winneshiek County 4H group in conjunction with the local Americorps 4H Environmental Education member working with Winneshiek Conservation.


Complete Cedar Valley trail project

Posted Sept. 18, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

The GeoTREE Center completed a project funded by the Cedar Trails in which they captured 360° imagery from approximately 20 miles of the local hard-surface recreational trail system in the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. All 360° imagery were published to Google Street View. Over 1700 photos were published to Google Street View and as of September 2019 Google reported >150,000 views of those images. Below is a map of locations of photos displayed by number of views on Google around Big Woods Lake in Cedar Falls.  A story about the project appeared in the Waterloo Courier. The GeoTREE Center built two web virtual tour or story map apps to increase visibility of the local trail system. See the story map and virtual tour