The Weather Balloon Experiment

So with this many environmental monitoring geeks in one place, we naturally had to get a live experiment going… So Shannon Dosemagen and Sara Wylie of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science rigged their own mapping kit using a red weather balloon, carved up plastic bottles, a camera hacked to take infrared digital photos, and anything else the audience could dig out of their pockets.

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) is a non-profit and a community of activists, educators, scientists, technologists, community leaders, and organizers that develop and apply open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible “Do-It-Yourself” techniques, Public Laboratory creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.

Noise Tube Data:

Here’s the data gathered by the NoiseTube app that was running on Ellie’s phone as the balloon went up:


One Response to The Weather Balloon Experiment

    • Ellie D'Hondt
    • and through this experiment Matthias & I just decided we should start keeping the height of our measurements next to latitude and longitude… it’s all there we just don’t keep it at the moment. That would have really resulted in a cool 3D view on sound levels as the balloon went up!