Anatomy of the Carpathians

Anatomy of the Carpathians

Organisation: (Ukraine)

Publication Date: 04/05/2017

Size of team/newsroom:small


This compelling flight over the Carpathians tells a story of the mountain region in the most detailed and engaging way. Through the journey along the mountain chain a reader can spot illegally privatized lands, fresh forest cuts and declared areas of planted trees, agricultural valleys and natural habitats of the endangered species. In order to map all this information we used governmental, cadastre and satellite data together with in depth interviews with local forest-guards and leading ecologists. We managed to create the most detailed anatomy of the Ukrainian Carpathians and cover a vast scope of topics ranging from the ecological problems to the potential of the economic growth. This project was also a more exhaustive continuation of our previous remote sensing investigation The Carpathian Massacre (

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

This project is a unique combination of the traditional shoe-leather reporting and the most advanced mapping technologies. Based on the real expedition conducted by Pavlo Solodko and satellite 3D modelling done by Yaryna Serkez this story provides an insightful overview of the mountain region. The distinguish bird flight view combined with the realistic model and innovative narrative helped us to engage a much broader audience than we expected. This story received 39 000 hits and turned out to be our most popular project in 2016.

Technologies used for this project:

The 3D model was build and animated with QGIS, Three.js and Tween.js. It is based on the Sentinel-2 images preprocessed with command line tools such as rio-color and GDAL. Previous remote sensing investigation was done with the Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin for QGIS.
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