Forest-Botanical Garden Tharandt Virtual Tour, Germany – The 2015 Update






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Virtual tour

See how a forest is growing

We are proud to present the first virtual tour which allows to see how a forest is growing. With this impressive visualization, stakeholders are enabled to follow the evolution of their forests over a certain period of time. Regular imagery acquisition a the same spot allows to show how degraded landscapes transform into vital forests. How will it look like in four years ahead?



A few years ago OpenForests produced the first aerial panorama of the new reforestation area called ‘Nordamerika’ at the Forest-Botanical Garden in Tharandt, a work you find here. Four years later, we produced another aerial panorama by placing our drone exactly at the same spot. By matching the two panoramas and embedding them in an interactive virtual tour, the ‘Explorer’ is able to switch between the two panorama and see the changes taking place.


The Forest-Botanical Garden Tharandt

The ‘Forstbotanischer Garten Tharandt’, also known as the ‘Sächsisches Landesarboretum’ (Saxony State Arboretum), is an arboretum maintained by the Dresden University of Technology. It is among the oldest arboretum in the world. Today the arboretum contains about 2,000 species and varieties of woody plants.

An interactive navigator allows the user to switch between different years and watch how the landscape changes.