The Riverview Project

The Riverview Project


The Riverview Project is the core public outreach and educational program of Below the Surface (BTS). Riverview was inspired by Google’s Streetview mapping technology and tools, with the intention of creating a platform to visualize, interact with and explore rivers throughout the world.

Check out the sample video from our Sacramento River Expedition below.  Hint: you can use your mouse or control surface to scroll 360 degrees.


The Riverview Project – Mission

Create the leading visual platform to establish baselines and aggregate data on hydrologic structure, function, and changes while illustrating how waterway recreation can enhance the protection of America’s waterways and other natural resources. The BTS Expeditionary Team will use panoramic imaging as the visualization foundation and use that along with LIDAR, Multi-beam SONAR, and other parameters to build the most comprehensive database of America’s waterways. Exploration & Mapping in the 21st Century!

The Riverview Project – The Plan

Below The Surface recently acquired Immersive Media’s Quattro camera, which consists offour Sony ICX 724 CCD sensors. The Quattro captures a high-resolution 4400 x 1550 cylindrical field of view at 15 frames per second. The expeditionary team from BTS will use this equipment to gather high quality panoramic images and other important data from source to sea for the 10 rivers shown on the map below over the coming 3 years, and intends to incorporate 27 major navigable US Rivers in total over the next 6 years. This project will ultimately incorporate major river networks and watersheds worldwide.

Our maps will serve as a host for information about paddling and water quality from the mountains to the surf breaks. Please click on the Contact page and let us know if you’d like to integrate any information into our maps.


The Riverview Project – Apalachicola River Expedition 2013


The Riverview Project – Sacramento River Expedition 2014

Mobile App Coming Soon!

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