Platte Basin Timelapse project relocates to Center for Great Plains Studies

Platte Basin Timelapse project relocates to Center for Great Plains Studies

A timelapse compliation image of the North Loup River from the Platte Basin Timelapse project.
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A timelapse compliation image of the North Loup River from the Platte Basin Timelapse project.

The Platte Basin Timelapse project has found a new home at the Center for Great Plains Studies through a collaboration between the center and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Under the direction of Michael Farrell and Michael Forsberg, the team is now located on the fifth floor of the center at 1155 Q St. It was formerly housed in the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center on East Campus.

"We're delighted to have Platte Basin Timelapse join us because the center has made sustaining the region’s ecosystem a top priority," said Richard Edwards, center director. "The timelapse project is one of the most innovative ways to understand that ecosystem."

The Platte Basin Timelapse project has been funded and in motion since early 2011. Currently, the project has more than 50 time-lapse camera systems placed throughout the 90,000 square-mile Platte Basin, from its headwaters along the Continental Divide in the Colorado Rockies to the river's confluence with the Missouri River on Nebraska's eastern border.

"We're really enthusiastic about becoming a part of the university's Center for Great Plains Studies," Farrell said. "The broad geographic reach and interdisciplinary, intercampus scope of the center coincides with our basin-wide work to bring together an arts, sciences and humanities approach to answering our project's fundamental question, 'Do you know where your water comes from?'"

The Platte Basin Timelapse team creates innovative multimedia content to tell the myriad stories of the Platte: web-based journalism, STEM-based educational curriculum for middle and high school science students and a forthcoming documentary film for public television. For more information, click here.