Team of scientists and conservationists to launch innovative 360 ‘Street View’ style Map on Kickstarter to aid critical Puget Sound preservation efforts

EarthViews is building a state-of-the-art interactive and immersive 360 ‘Street View’ Style Map of Puget Sound Nearshore to bring to light a holistic snapshot of the endangered estuary habitat.

Seattle, WA – August 05, 2021 – Puget Sound Nearshore habitat is in danger and the estuary marine life is threatened. But amid such grim reality, Washington-based innovative digital atlas company EarthViews is pioneering the way to help recover the environmentally-damaged estuary with its upcoming campaign on Kickstarter. The company is developing the FIRST-ever baseline water-level image map of the entire Puget Sound shoreline, starting with a stretch from Seattle to Olympia, which will help to provide accurate and in-depth insights of the damaged areas in need of critical repair. 

The Kickstarter campaign will be officially launched on August 5th, 2021 and aims to raise $15,000 by the first week of September 2021, and conducted by EarthViews co-founders, Brian Footen and Courtney Gallagher, President and CEO, respectively. 

A proud Esri Bronze Partner, EarthViews comprises a passionate team of scientists, veterans, conservationists and volunteers who have come together to protect the endangered areas with the help of a databaseof free and publicly accessible, data-rich, virtually navigable ‘street view’ style maps and scans. Driven by the mission to help restore habitat and recover threatened marine life, the company has been deploying cutting-edge mapping technology that will provide a clearer overview of the threats faced by the estuary and its marine life. The innovative map is packed with invaluable insights including water quality measurements of critical aquatic environments – these insights have been collected with the help of 360 degree cameras and advanced water quality testing equipment and countless hours on the water. 

“Puget Sound, especially its marine life, is struggling through a severe ecological crisis. The place is in need of critical infrastructure repair but for that to happen, the primary step is to collect a data-rich, state-of-the-art, and holistic snapshot of the estuary habitat. Needless to mention, a regular map won’t be adequate here; rather what we need here are immersive maps and geospatial data that can lend a clearer voice to the Sound. This is where this pioneering 360 ‘Street View’ style map of Puget Sound Nearshore will come to help”, stated Brian Footen, Co-founder and President of EarthViews.

The Kickstarter campaign’s mantra is, “Listen To The Sound”. 

“With such a large investment being proposed in critical infrastructure repairs in the US, we’re optimistic that an appropriate level of funding will find its way to conservation and recovery efforts in our region. Geospatial data collected by our EarthViews 360 Street View Style Map will offer a handy blueprint for scientists and conservationists to preserve and restore the endangered habitat before it’s too late. When we really take out the time to look and listen to what’s actually occurring, the solutions become clear.”

Ultimately, EarthViews is developing an interactive and immersive map of the entire estuary which can comprehensively capture the distress call of the Sound. The final product of the Phase I of the mission, though, will include a state-of-the-art 360 degree immersive map spanning across 120 miles of Puget Sound Nearshore, from Seattle to Olympia. The map will help to provide strategic and logistical support as well as resources towards saving Puget Sound and its inhabitants.

The map will be available online through EarthViews’ customized interactive software that can be accessed via the publicly accessible EarthViews atlas. In addition, a copy of all spectacular images of the map will be archived with the esteemed Washington State Historical Society. 

“Puget Sound is at a critical juncture. Your generous support of our mission on Kickstarter will enable us to process, publish and host the map online with a vast gamut of around 350,000 panoramic images and over 3.7 million water quality measurements along with other essential geospatial data. Please join hands to give the Sound a  much-needed voice, which will encourage the community, industry and the government to take proactive steps to save the Sound,” said EarthViews CEO and co-founder, Gallagher.

An exciting bunch of rewards are waiting for the backers, including digital download of exclusive panoramic images of the Puget Sound, Listen To the Sound ‘mantra’ mug, stunning posters and wallhangings, guided tours of the Sound with an EarthViews founder and a great deal more.

To show your support for the campaign, please visitKickstarter.

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