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  • DigitalGlobe helping to track forest fires

    Google Earth Blog
    Mickey Mellen
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    DigitalGlobe is one of the leading providers of satellite imagery for Google Earth, and now they’re teaming up with the World Resources Institute to track fires across southeast Asia via their new Global Forest Watch Fires system. From an article by Yuchen Wu in the Boulder County Business Report: Nigel Sizer, global director of the World Resource Institute’s Forests Program, said, “With DigitalGlobe’s imagery, you can see down to the individual tree level and even identify species. DigitalGlobe imagery is processed as color-infrared, enabling WRI to quickly distinguish between…
  • Investigating land use change over time with the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

    GIS Education Community
    Joseph Kerski
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Investigating land use change over time has always been a mainstay of geography and environmental education and research.  Recently, several new ways of accessing more than 175,000 historical USGS topographic maps through ArcGIS Online make land use change even more accessible to students, educators, and researchers.  In this essay, I will focus on the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer, and in future essays, discuss some of the other ways that you can easily access these maps in ArcGIS Online.  As a former USGS geographer, I consider the arrival of these maps in ArcGIS Online as one…
  • Evaluating Ecosystems from Space

    GIS Lounge
    Rebecca Maxwell
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The impact of humans upon the planet’s ecosystems has long been a concern for scientists, and now the European Space Agency (ESA) is taking their assessment of natural resources to a new level with satellite technology. The emphasis of a new project from the ESA is on promoting sustainability and [...] The post Evaluating Ecosystems from Space appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

    Geography News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    The world's oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists has warned.
  • Antarctic ice sheet is result of carbon dioxide decrease, not continental breakup

    Geography News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Climate modelers have shown that the most likely explanation for the initiation of Antarctic glaciation during a major climate shift 34 million years ago was decreased carbon dioxide levels. The finding counters a 40-year-old theory suggesting massive rearrangements of Earth's continents caused global cooling and the abrupt formation of the Antarctic ice sheet. It will provide scientists insight into the climate change implications of current rising global carbon dioxide levels.
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    Geography News -- ScienceDaily

  • Antarctic ice sheet is result of carbon dioxide decrease, not continental breakup

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Climate modelers have shown that the most likely explanation for the initiation of Antarctic glaciation during a major climate shift 34 million years ago was decreased carbon dioxide levels. The finding counters a 40-year-old theory suggesting massive rearrangements of Earth's continents caused global cooling and the abrupt formation of the Antarctic ice sheet. It will provide scientists insight into the climate change implications of current rising global carbon dioxide levels.
  • Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    The world's oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists has warned.
  • Peru's carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Today scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of the carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Peru. The new and improved methodology used to make the map marks a sea change for future market-based carbon economies. The new carbon map also reveals Peru's extremely high ecological diversity and it provides the critical input to studies of deforestation and forest degradation for conservation, land use, and enforcement purposes.
  • Underwater elephants: Mixed impacts of the world's largest -- and threatened -- parrotfish

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Scientists recently got back to basics in order to discover the positive and negative effects that bumphead parrotfish exert on coral reef ecosystems. Using direct observation, animal tracking and computer simulation, the researchers sought to understand whether the world's largest parrotfish is necessary for positively shaping the structure and functioning of ecosystems. The answer is yes and no.
  • Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The first measurements of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean recorded house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm. More sensors are going out this summer to study waves in newly ice-free Arctic waters.
 
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    Google Earth Blog

  • DigitalGlobe helping to track forest fires

    Mickey Mellen
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    DigitalGlobe is one of the leading providers of satellite imagery for Google Earth, and now they’re teaming up with the World Resources Institute to track fires across southeast Asia via their new Global Forest Watch Fires system. From an article by Yuchen Wu in the Boulder County Business Report: Nigel Sizer, global director of the World Resource Institute’s Forests Program, said, “With DigitalGlobe’s imagery, you can see down to the individual tree level and even identify species. DigitalGlobe imagery is processed as color-infrared, enabling WRI to quickly distinguish between…
  • Using Street View cars to check for gas leaks

    Mickey Mellen
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Most of you have heard about Google’s issues with Street View card and wi-fi sniffing. Regardless your thoughts on that, you’re bound to appreciate what the cars are now able to sniff: gas leaks. According to an article by Trevor Mogg on Digital Trends, Google is beginning to test out cars that include methane sensors to check for gas leaks. From the article: The initiative turned up “thousands” of leaks from utility pipes beneath the streets, providing officials with data on pollution “that used to be invisible,” EDF’s Fred Krupp wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
  • Using Google Earth to enhance urban agriculture in Rome

    Mickey Mellen
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Urban agriculture can be a great thing, but can be difficult to effectively plan and manage. Flavio Lupia, along with other researchers from the National Institute of Agricultural Economics in Rome have been making great use of digital mapping tools to help research and plan ideal locations around the city. You can read more about their work in this PDF document, which goes into detail about their work, such as: The current version of the database contains more than 4,000 polygons spread over a total surface of about 35,000 hectares with a total farmed area of 400 hectares. The geodatabase…
  • The 100th anniversary of the start of World War I

    Mickey Mellen
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and Erik Hellstedt at Geo-Animate.com has built an excellent visualization of the early stages of the war. In Erik’s words: Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Within a week, the world’s great powers had mobilized and begun sending their armies to the frontiers. This GE animation begins August 1st and follows the daily movements of each army’s units through October 31st, by which time a near-continuous belt of trenches along this Western Front prevented any significant movement for…
  • Street View now available in Serbia

    Mickey Mellen
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Thanks to sharp-eyed GEB reader ‘Nikola’, we’ve learned that Street View imagery is now available in a number of cities in Serbia. Some of the new cities include Pancevo, Novi Sad, Belgrade and Niš. You can see it for yourself in Google Maps using this link or fly there in Google Earth by using this KML file and following the video below: Thanks Nikola! The post Street View now available in Serbia appeared first on Google Earth Blog.
 
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    Esri Speaker Series Podcasts

  • Building Resilient Coastal Communities

    Laura Flessner
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Laura Flessner, a NOAA digital coast fellow working with The Nature Conservancy, discusses Coastal Resilience 2.0, an ArcGIS Online-based decision-support platform to strengthen coastal communities affected by climate change.
  • Matt Felton: Esri Business Summit Veteran

    Matt Felton
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Matt Felton, president of GIS consulting firm Datastory, discusses what excites him about the Esri Business Summit and gives a preview of his plenary presentation.
  • A New Pipeline Data Model

    Patrick Boes
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Patrick Boes, GIS manager at Global Information Systems, discusses G-NET-a new pipeline data model that smoothly integrates with ArcGIS technology.
  • The Value of the Esri Business Summit

    Simon Thompson
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:38 am
    Simon Thompson, commercial business director at Esri, explains why businesses will benefit from attending the Esri Business Summit.
  • Open Source Big Data Analytics

    Mansour Raad
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Esri's Mansour Raad explains why an open source methodology for tackling Big Data makes perfect sense.
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    GIS Education Community

  • Esri Mapping Lab at National Conference on Geography Education

    Joseph Kerski
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Esri is pleased to offer three days of hands-on workshops as part of a Mapping Lab at the upcoming National Conference on Geography Education.  Staff from the Esri education group as well as some of our dear friends in geography education will be on hand to teach a series of first-come, first-served free 45 minute workshops!   These workshops will demonstrate the ease and power of spatial analysis that is possible on the web within ArcGIS Online.  The workshops will be held in the Louis XVI Room of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 31 July, 1 August, and 2…
  • Call for Chapters: STEM and GIS in Higher Education

    Tom Baker
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    This ebook will provide compelling stories of innovative ways faculty are incorporating GIS to advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities in higher education. As a successor to the existing publication Advancing STEM Education with GIS, the eBook will explore how faculty, staff and students are successfully using GIS to analyze and better understand data in their specific STEM fields.  The target audience for this book is university STEM faculty who may know little about GIS or spatial analysis.  The objectives are to provide thought provoking stories,…
  • Investigating land use change over time with the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

    Joseph Kerski
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Investigating land use change over time has always been a mainstay of geography and environmental education and research.  Recently, several new ways of accessing more than 175,000 historical USGS topographic maps through ArcGIS Online make land use change even more accessible to students, educators, and researchers.  In this essay, I will focus on the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer, and in future essays, discuss some of the other ways that you can easily access these maps in ArcGIS Online.  As a former USGS geographer, I consider the arrival of these maps in ArcGIS Online as one…
  • 7 Ways to Map Your Field Data

    Joseph Kerski
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Mapping field data can serve as project-based learning environments that promote environmental, social, and technological fluency, as I wrote about in Earthzine, and as others such as Richard Louv have written about much more eloquently than I.  What are seven easy ways in which you can map field-collected data?  I have recorded a three-part video series (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) wherein I describe all seven ways. These ways include (1) via files and spreadsheets that are stored locally on your computer, (2) via files and spreadsheets that are stored online, (3) via shared web forms,…
  • Staying connected and the Esri EdUC

    Tom Baker
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    A reminder that Esri education hosts a GIS Higher Education Facebook Group for students and faculty at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EsriGISHigherEducation/   We’re nearly at 3,000 members!  Discussions range from software use and coding to event details and best practices in using GIS in instruction. For other GIS education social media options, explore: http://edcommunity.esri.com/connect-with-others/social-media Also note that the upcoming Esri Education GIS Conference can be followed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=esrieduc&src=typd or…
 
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    GIS Lounge

  • Mapping Methane Leaks with Google Street View Cars

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Google partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund on a pilot project to use Google’s fleet of Street View cars to map out methane levels in three U.S. cities.  The cars were outfitted with sensors to detect and record methane leaking from city pipes in the cities of Boston, Staten Island, and [...] The post Mapping Methane Leaks with Google Street View Cars appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • No Drones Zones: Map and GIS Data

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Unmanned aircraft, known more commonly as drones, have a blanket ban by the Federal Aviation Authority in the United States over military bases and within a five mile radius of medium to large sized airports.  On July 27, 2014 a ban on the launching, landing, or operating of drones over national parks and [...] The post No Drones Zones: Map and GIS Data appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Using Remote Sensing to Measure the Affect of Drought on Ground Water

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have been experimenting with a new data product to assess groundwater and soil moisture drought indicators. The maps produced are used by the U.S. Drought Monitor and use data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites.   In 2002, the GRACE satellites were launched [...] The post Using Remote Sensing to Measure the Affect of Drought on Ground Water appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • National Transportation Atlas Database

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The Bureau of Transportation Statistics recently released the 2014 National Transportation Atlas Database.   From the BTS The DVD is a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, transportation networks, and associated infrastructure. These datasets include spatial information for transportation modal networks and intermodal terminals, as well as the related [...] The post National Transportation Atlas Database appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Evaluating Ecosystems from Space

    Rebecca Maxwell
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The impact of humans upon the planet’s ecosystems has long been a concern for scientists, and now the European Space Agency (ESA) is taking their assessment of natural resources to a new level with satellite technology. The emphasis of a new project from the ESA is on promoting sustainability and [...] The post Evaluating Ecosystems from Space appeared first on GIS Lounge.
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    VerySpatial

  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 471

    Jesse
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 471 27 July 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation with Rick and Rusty from Eating West Virginia Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode471.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music When I am King by Great Big Sea News OSTP releases National Plan for Civil Earth Observation Google Coordinate now part of Maps Engine Pro Google partners with Environmental Defense Fund to map gas leaks MapBox shows Don’t Fly Here Web Corner Foss4g Academy Main topic This week we feature our…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 470

    Sue
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 470 20 July 2014 Main Topic: Our conversation with GIS-Pro Conference Chair Amy Esnard Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode470.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Spitting out Benchmarks by Amplifico News Google Maps for Business imagery Geospatial User Feedback Standards working group Esri UC highlights –MyESRI, GeoNet now live –ArcGIS for Azure Tech Preview –APIs updated, of course only js matters –Community Analyst and Business Analyst changes…
  • Nautical Miles: From Darwin to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Barb
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The diaries from sea voyages are thrilling, especially those that study marine biology.  From the first entry setting down the base coordinates to later entries listing nautical miles traveled. Although they take place almost two hundred years apart,  two sea voyages  are available online this week, Darwin’s Beagle Library  from Darwin’s voyage (1831) and Clean Our Oceans Refuge Coalition (COORC)  Alguita Expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (2014). The history of marine biology is the history of developing technology to meet the challenges of marine taxonomy and…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Episode 469

    Jesse
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 469 15 July 2014 Our 9th anniversary episode Main Topic: What is in Geography’s basket? Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_Episode469.mp3 Click for the detailed shownotes Music Passing Stations by Byron Siren News UK satellites launched MyEsri and GeoNET live Yahoo wants to take the scenic route MapQuest App update MS deprecates MapPoints and Streets and Trips Possible MS layoffs GTCM update progress Realworld games Web Corner WeAreData Main topic Going with 9th anniversary…
  • A VerySpatial Podcast – Special Episode 72

    Jesse
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As we hit our 9th anniversary, this retrospective highlights the intros to our first nine anniversary (0-8) episodes in just under 9 minutes. Oh how the times have (mostly) changed. Click to directly download MP3 Click to directly download AAC http://traffic.libsyn.com/avsp/AVSP_SE72-Retrospective.mp3
 
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    BostonGIS Blog

  • PostGIS Minimalist X3D Viewer for PHP and ASP.NET

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I've been thinking for a long time about creating an HTML based X3D viewer to visualize PostGIS 3D geometries. Now that I've started to document the new SFCGAL features, the need became more pressing. So I've created a very rudimentary one. You can check out the code on my github page https://github.com/robe2/postgis_x3d_viewer. I'm hoping to expand it in the future to allow people to pick materials for their geometries and also allow people to save the generated scene as a full X3D document. It utilizes the X3DOM Javascript library and JQuery for injecting X3D objects into the scene. I'm…
  • PostGIS Training sessions at Postgres Open 2014: Chicago

    19 Jun 2014 | 11:50 pm
    We'll be giving two training sessions on PostGIS at Postgres Open in Chicago September 17th 2014. First will be fairly introductory PostGIS Introduction: Geometry, Geography, and Geocoding and the second will be on more advanced concepts and tools PostGIS on caffeine: Raster, Topology, and pgRouting. Check out the other sessions at Postgres Open Conference Sssions Postgres Open 2014.
  • PostGIS in Action and PostgreSQL Up and Running 2nd Editions

    6 May 2014 | 9:09 pm
    You might have noticed I haven't been blogging much lately. Hopefully I can get back to that and updating the BostonGIS tutorials soon. They are embarrassingly dated at this point and I want to add more like using the very cool TileMill, comparisons between Leaflet and OpenLayers, updated comparisons between SQL Server, PostGIS, and Oracle among other content updates. Most of the reason for sluggish pace is that writing has been taking up a good chunk of our time. We are in final stages of two books, both 2nd editions: PostGIS In Action, 2nd , which covers predominantly PostGIS 2.1 and…
  • MySQL 5.7 GIS building on Boost Geometry

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Interesting times ahead. The upcoming MySQL 5.7 promises to provide great enhancements in the spatial space. They've scrapped much of the existing GIS plumbing they have in place seen in prior 5.6 and are replacing muc of it with Boost Geometry. In addition R-Tree indexes will be available for InnoDb. Details: Why Boost.Geometry in MySQL? and Making use of Boost Geometry in MySQL. Along the roadmap (not for 5.7) they plan to have geography support as well and projections, 3D and the various output formats e.g GeoJSON currently available in PostGIS. Just when I thought database spatial domain…
  • PostgreSQL and PostGIS now on Amazon RDS

    15 Nov 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Amazon recently added to its Relational database Services (RDS) family -- PostgreSQL 9.3. Not only that, to sweeten the pot, the PostgreSQL RDS comes pre-configured with PostGIS 2.1 among other great PostgreSQL extensions. Check out the details here PostgreSQL RDS. The full news release is on Amazon's blog Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL - Now Available.
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    GIS in Education

  • Remote Sensing Open Journal Announces Increased Impact Factor

    talk
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    We are pleased to report an increased Impact Factor for Remote Sensing for 2013. According to the newly released 2013 Journal Citation Reports Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2014), the new Impact Factor for Remote Sensing is 2.623. The 5-Year Impact Factor is 2.729. Remote Sensing now ranks 6/27 (Q1) in the category ‘Remote Sensing’.Evolution of the Remote Sensing Impact Factor since 2012:
  • Postdoctoral Position Available At Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence SDSU

    talk
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Postdoctoral Position Available: Geospatial change analysis of the western hemisphereWe are seeking a highly motivated and capable PDF to pursue cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in the field of geospatial sciences within the context of the newly funded NASA project:Change in our MIDST: Detection and Analysis of Land Surface Dynamics in North and South America Using Multiple Sensor Datastreams.We propose to answer the cross-cutting question: “Where in the western hemisphere is the vegetated land surface changing significantly during the past 15 years in response to direct human…
  • Free Amazon Fire Phone App From MapQuest

    talk
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    MapQuest, Inc., has launched an enhanced device-specific navigation app optimized for the Amazon Fire phone available today. The free app provides a customized experience leveraging the Fire phone’s Dynamic Perspective functionality including tilt-activated menus, layer bars and panels. “Working on Amazon’s Fire phone was a refreshing development ecosystem, providing a unified vision for the MapQuest team to create an app that operates more quickly than many other platforms,” said Brian McMahon, general manager, MapQuest. “MapQuest’s free apps and experiences are agnostic across…
  • Job Positions Available at Esri

    talk
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Esri is actively recruiting smart people with all levels of experience who get the job done. These positions represent openings at our headquarters in Redlands, California, as well as our regional offices, and offer you a great opportunity to work with the best in our profession. We provide exceptional benefits, competitive salaries, profit sharing, a collaborative team environment, and much more. Join Esri and make a difference. Check esri.com/careers for a comprehensive listing.Software Development and ArcGIS Product DevelopmentSoftware Developer, Geocoding—Leverage your creativity and…
  • Download Landsat 8 Images: Datasets Available for Online Users

    talk
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Landsat program is a series of earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The first Landsat satellite launched in 1972, and the latest satellite in the series, Landsat 8, provides continuity, as well as improvements, on important global monitoring of our earth.Landsat 8 was launched February 11, 2013, and contains two sensors. One collects 8-band multispectral imagery at 30-meter resolution, as well as panchromatic imagery at 15 meters. The other collects thermal imagery at…
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    GIS and Agent-Based Modeling

  • New Paper: Assessing the impact of demographic characteristics on spatial error in VGI features

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    LISA analysis of positional accuracy for the OSM  data setBuilding upon our interest in volunteered geographic information (VGI) and extending our previous paper  "Assessing Completeness and Spatial Error of Features in Volunteered Geographic Information" we have just published the paper with the rather long title "Assessing the impact of demographic characteristics on spatial error in volunteered geographic information features" where we explore how demographics impact on the quality of VGI dataBelow is the abstract of the paper:  The proliferation of volunteered geographic…
  • The Evolving GeoWeb

    5 Jun 2014 | 5:53 am
    We recently contributed a chapter to Geocomputation (2nd edition) entitled "The Evolving GeoWeb". What is interesting is the marked difference between the first edition (which was published in 2000) and the second. For example, in the latest edition, there is a chapter on agent-based modeling (ABM), while in the first, only cellular automata (CA) models were covered and ABMs only briefly discussed. We also see in the second edition new chapters including ours on the GeoWeb which shows how the field of geocomputation has changed with advances in Web 2.0 technology, greater computational power,…
  • A semester with Spatial Agent-based Models

    27 May 2014 | 12:15 pm
    This last semester, I taught a class entitled "Spatial Agent-based Models of Human-Environment Interactions" which introduces graduate students to the use of agent-based techniques as a means of modelling human-environmental interactions. Within the class we cover a variety of applications in areas such as agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, habitat degradation, interactions between human populations and nonhuman species and urban models. As with many of the courses I teach it combines literature reviews with hands-on modelling. One of the requirements of the class is for students to…
  • Special Sessions on GeoComputation @ NARSC

    25 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    --> Second Call for participationSpecial Sessions on GeoComputation61st Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International NARSC - RSAINovember 12-15, 2014, Washington, DC, USAThe special sessions on various aspects of GeoComputation are planned for the North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC) to be held in Washington DC, USA, November 12-15, 2014. Suitable topics for the session presentations are theoretical, methodological and applied issues related to GeoComputation – spatial analysis and modeling, and in the…
  • AAG and Twitter

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    After spending a rather enjoyable few days at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Tampa where there were some great talks on agent-based modeling, GIS and many other topics which I find interesting, along with catching up with some old friends and meeting new ones, its now time to head back up North. However, before jumping on the plane, I thought it would be intersing to look at the twitter traffic of the event (especially how there so many talks on using social media for geographical research). That being said, before showing the Twitter networks associated…
 
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    年会費無料のETCカードってあるの?

  • ETC専用カードと一体型ETCカードはどちらが良いのか?

    hikarupiano
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    ●ETC専用カードと一体型ETCカードはどちらが良いのか?   高速道路の料金所では一般レーンとETCレーンが設けてあります。   ETCレーンなら前の車との車間距離を取りながら、時速20km以下で通過するだけで高速道路の料金をお支払い出来ます。   最初にETCレーンを通過するときは開閉バーが開かなかったらどうしようと不安になりますが、そのような時は係員にETCカードを提示すれば大丈夫です。  …
  • ETCカードを選ぶ際の外せないポイント

    hikarupiano
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    ●おすすめETCカード   車を多く使うなら、ETCカードを一枚持っていると何かと便利です。 ETCカードにはたくさんの種類があり、種類によってその特徴も様々です。   できるだけお得にETCカードを利用したい場合は、年会費無料のカードを選ぶようにしましょう。       急いでカードを作りたい方におすすめなのは、「」です。 セゾンカードは年会費無料と永久不滅ポイントが売りのETCカードになっています。  …
  • 年会費無料のETCカードはどれを選べばよいか?

    hikarupiano
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    お得になる年会費無料のETCカードは、使う人の生活スタイルにより変わります。 ETCカードはクレジットカードのサブカードとなりますので、日ごろから使用しているクレジットカードからETCカードを選ぶのも良いでしょう。   ●年会費無料の人気ETCカード   まず、年会費無料のETCカードを作る場合で特に人気が高いカードは「」です。  …
  • おすすめしたい年会費無料のETCカード2枚

    hikarupiano
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    車を運転するなら、ETCカードは持っていた方が良いです。   でもETCカードを作るにしても、年会費が掛かってしまうのは嫌ですよね。 年会費無料のETCカードというのも、実はちゃんとあるんです。       一つ目は「」のETC専用カードです。   イオンETCカードの詳細はこちらをクリック   さらにはETCゲートの開閉バーに車両を衝突させてしまい、車体が損傷してしまった場合にお見舞い金が貰えてしまいます。      …
  • イオンカードはETCが無料で作れる

    hikarupiano
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    ●年会費無料のETCカードの選び方と、お勧めのカードは   ETCカードとは、クレジットカード会社がETCを利用できるように小分けにして発行するカードのことです。 年会費無料のETCカードを作りたければ、大元であるクレジットカードが年会費無料であるところを選べばほぼ間違いありません。   最近ではETCカードは年会費無料のものが増えてきています。  …
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    ArcGIS Blog » Mapping

  • Certain shapefiles crash ArcGIS 10.2

    Rhonda Glennon
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Is ArcGIS 10.2 crashing when attempting to add shapefiles to ArcMap? We see your error reports coming in and we want you to know there’s a fix! For more details about this issue, please see this blog. This reminder comes from Kirsten Pinkston in Esri Technical Support. Experiencing this issue? Here’s what you need to do: Install the patch For those of you running ArcGIS 10.2 and experiencing crashes when working with shapefiles, it is necessary that you download and install this patch or upgrade to 10.2.1 to apply the fix. Can’t install the patch or upgrade? Shapefiles…
  • Choosing the Best ArcGIS Online Basemap for Your Maps and Apps

    ArcGIS Content Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    We presented this Technical Workshop as part of the 2014 User Conference with the following goal: How to maximize the quality of your web map or app beginning with the selection of the best basemap. There are a number of Esri basemaps available for use at ArcGIS Online. Deciding which basemap to use requires asking a few questions to understand what you are mapping and narrow the options. Our two-page PDF provides the highlights of our workshop. The matrix categorizes nine ArcGIS.com basemaps based on the level of content and saturation of the maps. Compare those categories against the type…
  • So What’s GeoNet?

    Timothy
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    In all the excitement of the 2014 Esri UC, you may not have heard about GeoNet. Maybe you heard the name from Jack’s announcement during the plenary, maybe you got an email or saw it from your social media connections, maybe you’ve logged in but were not sure where to go. In any case, I wanted to help you understand more about GeoNet, how it applies to you and how you can get started. Purpose of GeoNet GeoNet is here to extend the user conference experience to 365 days a year. Take all of the networking, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and product support from the conference and…
  • Introducing Esri’s Next Generation Hillshade

    rajnagi
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    by Rajinder Nagi, Esri Product Engineer Recently, we released an update to the Esri global collection of multi-scale, multi-resolution and multi-source World Elevation services. These global elevation services enable you to create stunning visualizations, calculate aspect or slope, and provide a baseline for analysis and other geoprocessing tasks. To complement the World Elevation collection, we are excited to announce the release of the Esri next generation hillshade – a hillshade inspired by the legendary Swiss artist, Eduard Imhof. Unlike a default hillshade (azimuth: 315, altitude: 45),…
  • Virtualization session and SIG at the UC

    John Meza
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    The Performance Engineering  team has been doing a lot of testing on Pro in virtualized environments. This includes performance and scalability in Microsoft Hyper-V VDI and Citrix XenDesktop . Members of the team will be at the User Conference and look forward to talking about using ArcGIS Desktop and Server, especially Pro in virtualized environments. There will be a Tech Session and a SIG specifically on virtualization. There will be a Virtualization Special Interest Group (SIG) on Wednesday 12:00pm-1:00pm Room 29A. This meeting will be interactive. We would like to learn which…
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    Jonathan Crowe: Recent Map Posts

  • Geologic Map of Mars

    Jonathan Crowe
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    As I said during the Q&A part of my fantasy maps presentation at Readercon (see previous entry), maps of other worlds in the solar system are usually images from space probes that have been set to a map projection. The key word is usually. On Monday the U.S. Geological Survey released a geologic map of Mars that "brings together observations and scientific findings from four orbiting spacecraft that have been acquiring data for more than 16 years." Via io9 and Wired.
  • Mapping It Out

    Jonathan Crowe
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies, out now from Thames & Hudson, editor Hans Ulrich Obrist invited contributors "to create a personal map of their own, in whatever form and showing whatever terrain they choose, whether real-world or imaginary." Examples of the results can be found on the websites of Design Week, FT Magazine and the Guardian; the New Yorker has posted an excerpt from Tom McCarthy's introduction.
  • My Readercon 25 Schedule

    Jonathan Crowe
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:05 am
    Readercon 25 is less than two weeks away. Now that the program schedule has gone live, I can tell you what I'll be doing there. Quite a bit, as it turns out. And not coincidentally, there is quite a bit of map-related programming. Thursday, July 10: 8:00 PM   The Map and the Story. Jonathan Crowe (leader), Chris Gerwel, Greer Gilman, Shira Lipkin.   Maps are a familiar sight in our field, but lately a number of stories have placed maps and cartography at the core of the story itself. Maps serve as portals to other worlds, cartographers remake the world in a map's image, and…
  • Finding Longitude

    Jonathan Crowe
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Major map exhibitions are frequently accompanied by lavishly illustrated books: London: A Life in Maps and the Magnificent Maps exhibitions had their eponymous books (London: A Life in Maps and Magnificent Maps), and the Chicago Festival of Maps was accompanied by Maps: Finding Our Place in the World. No surprise, then, that "Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude," an exhibition opening at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich next month, also has its accompanying volume: it's called Finding Longitude: How Clocks and Stars Helped Solve the Longitude Problem, and it comes out…
  • OpenGeofiction

    Jonathan Crowe
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    I love geofiction -- creating imaginary worlds through maps -- and OpenGeofiction is something I've wanted to see for a long time: a collaborative map of an imaginary world that is built with OpenStreetMap's editing tools. The world is divided into territories, some of which any member can edit, others that are assigned to individual members (after a waiting period). More info here. I've been playing with it and am already nervous about the amount of time I can see myself losing to this. (Though one wrinkle is having no real-world referents to determine scale: without GPS traces or aerial…
 
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    Google Maps Mania

  • How Good is Your Country?

    Keir Clarke
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    My country is the 7th goodest in the world. How good is your country? The Good Country Index is a recently launched initiative to rank the countries of the world by how much they contribute to the common good of humanity. The index ranks countries in a number of different areas, including science & technology, international peace & security and planet & climate. The rankings themselves are
  • The Oslo to Bergen Trekking Map

    Keir Clarke
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Today Bjørn Sandvik set out on an epic trek from Oslo to Bergen in Norway. You can follow Bjørn's progress live on an impressive Leaflet map. Oslo-Bergen Til Fots (Oslo-Bergen on Foot) shows Bjørn's live position, photos he has taken on his trek and an elevation profile. The map on its own is pretty amazing. What is truly awesome, however, is that Bjørn's blog Thematic Mapping has been
  • Photos of World War One - Then and Now

    Keir Clarke
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    UK real-estate website Rightmove has created an interesting interactive which allows you to compare historical photographs taken during World War I with the same view depicted today in Google Maps Street View. Then + Now is a series of World War I photos superimposed on top of the same location on Street View. A slide control allows you to swipe back and forth to compare the World War I
  • The Rudest Places in Australia

    Keir Clarke
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Aussies in the state of South Australia just can't stop swearing, at least that seems to be the lesson to be learned from their Twitter messages. Languages of Australia is a map showing the languages of geolocated tweets in Australia. It also shows where people used profanities in their Tweets. The map uses Twitter data from 6th June 2013 until March 14th 2014. It reveals that South Australia
  • Mapping the Histories

    Keir Clarke
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Herodotus, the Father of History, was a fifth century Greek historian. The Histories of Herodotus recounts the origins of the Great War between the Greeks and Persians and the rise of the Persian Empire. The Hestia Project was set-up to carry out geospatial analysis of Herodotus's Histories. Part of that project includes this Herodotus Timemap. The Timemap connects the text of the Histories
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    Mapperz - The Mapping News Blog

  • Global Wind Animation ESRI JS API

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
     Wind Animation Map ESRI JS API  Clean visualisation of Wind Currents across the world  http://esri.github.io/wind-js/  data source:[US National Weather Service -... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • QGIS Ordnance Survey Opendata Cartographic Styles

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:11 am
    QGIS Ordnance Survey Opendata Styles Ordnance Survey have released Style Sheets for their #opendata including ESRI (ArcGIS) and Quantum GIS (QGIS) style sheets. Most strikingly for the Vector Map... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • The FIFA World Cup of Football 1930-2014.

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    The FIFA World Cup of Football 1930-2014. A great map showing The FIFA World Cup of Football since 1930-2014. "The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Reprint those World Maps

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    Reprint those World Maps All Maps are out of date, whether it is by minutes or years.... "India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh has formally split in two, with its northern area carved out to... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
  • Public Transport - Google Maps Update (May 2014)

    14 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    Public Transport - Google Maps Update Today, Google Maps is helping you get around on public transit even more easily with these additions:  every single transit route in Great Britain to... Map and GIS News finding blog. With so many Maps and GIS sites online now it is hard to find the good from the not so good. This blog tries to cut the cream and provide you with the newest, fastest, cleanest and most user friendly maps that are available online. News has location and it is mapped.
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    MapPoint Forums

  • Getting started.

    Andc45
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Howdy, New to the forums, and Map Point, and pretty much all Map relatedsoftware or anything more difficult than Microsoft Word. So get ready. J I’ve just recently started working for a Title Company as a personalassistant. My boss, real nice guy, is the type who will just throw tasks at mewith the instructions, “Get on-line, figure out how to use this stuff, and dothis with it”. Normally I like this approach. Gives me some freedom. But inthis case I’m pretty lost. I’ve looked at the short tutorials on Microsoft’swebsite and a few others scattered around the web but have been…
  • Mappoint or powermap buying?

    Faodavid
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Hi Can anyone advise the difference between mappoint and powermap in office 365. I have the latter but mappoint seems more tailored to my needs but I hear that it is being discontinued at the end of 2014. Will microsoft transfer all mappoint capabilities into powermap any time soon or should I buy the desk top version of mappoint. thanks ps I'm looking to buy mappoint europe any suggestions on cheapest suppliers welcome
  • Mappoint or 365 powermap

    Faodavid
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Hi Can anyone advise the difference between mappoint and powermap in office 365. I have the latter but mappoint seems more tailored to my needs but I hear that it is being discontinued at the end of 2014. Will microsoft transfer all mappoint capabilities into powermap any time soon or should I buy the desk top version of mappoint. thanks ps I'm looking to buy mappoint europe any suggestions on cheapest suppliers welcome :)
  • Problem Mapping and Splitting Territories across the U.S and Canada

    Fbenz
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Pretty simple problem, my company that sells plywood has 6 sales contacts that divide the United States and Canada equally. My only problem is that two guys split California in half so I need to make California two separate territories (north and south) I can do that when I make the territorial geography filter counties but I can't use that because then I wont be able to map any counties in Canada because. So how can I make this map a reality on MapPoint? Is it even possible? Any help would be highly appreciated! Here is the map I'm trying to create: Sales Contacts | Murphy Company I uploaded…
  • Problem Mapping and Splitting Territories across the U.S and Canada

    Fbenz
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Pretty simple problem, my company that sells plywood has 6 sales contacts that divide the United States and Canada equally. My only problem is that two guys split California in half so I need to make California two separate territories (north and south) but I can't do that when I make the territorial geography filter counties because there are no counties in Canada and the only geography Canada and the U.S share is Povince/State. So how can I make this map a reality on MapPoint? Is it even possible? Any help would be highly appreciated! Here is the map I'm trying to create: Sales Contacts |…
 
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    GPS World

  • TeleCommunication Systems Adds 10 U.S. Patents Advancing LBS, Wireless

    GPS World staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued 10 U.S. patents to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. during the second quarter of 2014. TCS also received two foreign patents during the quarter. The 10 U.S. patents describe innovations in messaging, location-based services, GIS/mapping and wireless. They include the following three: TCS reported in the first quarter that it was issued a Prepaid Short Messaging Services patent. In the second quarter, TCS received notice that another prepaid patent was issued to the company that will serve as one of the cornerstone patents in a monetization…
  • A Long Look at Advanced Multisensor Navigation and Positioning

    Alan Cameron
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A modern-day fable related by Steven Covey tells of a civil engineer leading a crew engaged in building a road through a dense jungle. Each day the engineer’s adept management, the crew’s motivation and energy, and the high-tech equipment at their disposal pushed the new road well beyond scheduled targets. Midway through the allotted month, the engineer decided to climb to the top of a tree to see if he could get a distant glimpse of the destination. After a few minutes, he called down to his crew, “Wrong jungle!” This comes to mind as we consider the well-known fact that the next…
  • The System: GPS III, Always a New Horizon

    GPS World staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    First, Lockheed Martin began investigating options for its GPS III payload supply line last year.  Then in June of this year, the U.S. Air Force opened a “sources sought”  initiative for a production-ready GPS space vehicle, equipped with an alternate payload, for consideration alongside the Lockheed Martin-built GPS III vehicle. Grumman and Boeing have responded to the U.S. Air Force call. Now the U.S. Senate has jumped into the act, with a 2015 defense spending bill that directs the Air Force to allocate at least $20 million for work on a space-based “digital navigation…
  • Seventh GPS IIF Satellite Lauch Planned for Friday

    GPS World staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    The GPS IIF-6 satellite was launched May 16. Photo credit: United Launch Alliance. The Air Force is set to launch the seventh GPS IIF satellite this Friday. An Atlas V 401 will launch the GPS IIF-7 mission for the U.S. Air Force on Friday, August 1, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 18-minute launch window opens at 11:23 p.m. EDT. A live webcast of the launch will begin at 11:03 p.m. EDT. To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the Facebook conversation and…
  • First Galileo Commercial Service Demonstration with Encrypted Signals

    GPS World staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Galileo’s Early Proof of Concept (EPOC) team has successfully tracked the encrypted Galileo E6-B and E6-C signals broadcast by Galileo satellites. As a result, the Commercial Service loop has been closed using both encrypted and non-encrypted signals, GSA said. During a 10-day testing period, receivers in Tres Cantos, Spain and Poing, Germany, showed the successful tracking and data demodulation of the encrypted signals from the available Galileo satellites, with periods where all satellites transmitting E6 encrypted signals were tracked simultaneously. The tests verified the Galileo…
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    All Points Blog

  • GIS Education News Weekly: Another MOOC, Colleges Take on FAA Regarding Drones, FOSS4Geo

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    Open Online Academy Announces GIS MOOC for the Fall Introduction to GIS and Mapping starts this fall from the Open Online Academy.  More details at All Points Blog. And, no, I'd not heard of Open Online Academy before, but its focus in on design education (architecture and related... Continue reading
  • GeoTech Center Wins HI-TEC Award

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    On July 23 the GeoTech Center was awarded the Innovation Award, one of four awards presented as part of 2014 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) held in Chicago.  HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary... Continue reading
  • GIS Government News Weekly: Rancho Cucamonga Shares, EU Encouraged to Share

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    California City Takes on Smaller Local Governments as GIS Clients Rancho Cucamonga’s Rancho Enterprise GIS (REGIS) division was created two years ago to bring geographic information system (GIS) data and services to smaller municipalities. “We are not coming in as a private... Continue reading
  • UN-GGIM, OGC Release Guide on GIS Management

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    The United Nations' Initiative on Global Geographic Information Management (UN-GGIM) has released a report (PDF) on the "Role of Standards in Geographic Information Management." The report was prepared in conjunction with the Open Geospatial Consortium, The International Organization for... Continue reading
  • Michael Byrne Nominated for Service to America Medal

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    The awards are new to me! The Partnership for Public Service annually honors outstanding federal employees who have made a significant difference in the lives of Americans, presenting awards that have come to be known as the "Oscars of government service." Renamed the Samuel J.... Continue reading
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    Google LatLong

  • Spend more time exploring with Google Maps

    Lat Long
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    On vacation and want to know where the locals go? Looking for a new place to grab food on your lunch break? Waiting on the platform for your next train and wondering when it’s scheduled to arrive? Starting this week, you can spend less time searching for your answer and more time exploring the world with the Google Maps app for Android and iOS.Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available). With Explore as your guide, you’ll see different places and…
  • Take a swim with Street View on World Oceans Day

    Emily Wood
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    In celebration of World Oceans Day this Sunday, June 8, today we’re inviting you to explore some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered waters in Google Maps, in partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey. All you need is an Internet connection to dive into two new UNESCO Marine World Heritage Sites in Belize and the Philippines.On UNESCO’s Danger List of World Heritage Sites, the Belize Barrier Reef is the largest in the northern hemisphere. With Street View, you can discover what’s left of this habitat for threatened species, including many species of coral—everything from…
  • Get a front row seat to the games with Google Maps

    Emily Wood
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    The world's biggest soccer tournament is here. Whether you’re watching from the comfort of your couch or packing your bags for Brazil, Google Maps is your ticket to the games. To kick off the tournament, starting today you can explore all 12 stadiums and the iconic painted streets, one of Brazil’s tournament traditions, in Street View—a digital legacy of the 2014 games for years to come. Exploring the sights and culture of this year’s football tournament has never been easier with Street View in Google Maps.Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo - Maracanã, RJRua Padre Agostinho Poncet, São…
  • Hop on board—and go almost anywhere—with public transit on Google Maps

    Lat Long
    14 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over 70 percent of the world’s population doesn’t own a car1—a surprising fact for anyone who’s sat for what seems like hours on end in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Millions of people rely on public transit to get around. That’s why, since 2007, we’ve worked to include public transit routes and schedules in Google Maps. In fact, buses, trains, trams and subways included in Google Maps travel 200 million kilometers every day—that’s the equivalent of driving every single road in the world three times!2Today, Google Maps is helping you get around on public transit even more easily…
  • Get on the road, go off the grid, or plan the perfect weekend with the Google Maps app

    Lat Long
    6 May 2014 | 8:53 am
    When your life is moving fast, you need tools to keep up with your pace. Google Maps for mobile is the perfect travel companion for your daily commute, weekend errands, and (much-needed) vacations. Starting today, you now have even more ways to avoid life’s everyday hiccups with Google Maps for Android and iPhone/iPad:Don’t miss your next turn or exit. The Google Maps app now shows you which lane to stay in or move to so you’ll never find yourself driving for miles down the wrong road. You’ll also have easy access to alternate routes while you’re navigating, so you can choose the…
 
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    Between the Poles

  • Arizona utility proposes renting rooftops for solar PV generation

    Geoff
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I've blogged several times about the challenge that customer installed solar PV as well as companies like Solar City present to traditional electric power utilities.  Utilities across North America are evaluating alternative business models, trying different strategies for both encouraging renewable power generation, responding to customer demand for solar power and protecting their revenue base.  For example, a small utility Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Assn created its own solar park which customers could buy shares in. A new twist comes from the Arizona Public Service (APS),…
  • Too little too late: maintaining the value of geographic information

    Geoff
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Sanjay Kumar of Geospatial Media in a recent blog highlights a problem that has been in many sectors a festering sore for years, maintaining geographic data.    Sanjay was visiting the newly-built headquarters of a large company (I assume Trimble) in Denver last week. Trimble has just completed a new headquarters building using its own geospatially-enabled design and construction technology (aka eating its own dog food)  ranging from surveying, laser scanning, machine control to building information modelling (BIM), which resulted not only in efficiency in construction process saving time…
  • Commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration project begins construction

    Geoff
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    About 37% of U.S. electric power generation is from coal-fired power plants.  New EPA regulations scheduled to come into effect July 1, 2015 will restrict CO2 emissions from power plants.  Coal-fired power plants will have to implement some form of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) , convert to natural gas or some other cleaner fuel, or shut down.   CCS takes two forms, pre-combustion or post-combustion.  I blogged about a pre-combustion commercial CCS implementation in Kentucky that began operation earlier this year. Construction of the first U.S. commercial-scale post-combustion…
  • OGC's new Urban Planning group releases draft charter

    Geoff
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    An Urban Planning Domain Working Group (DWG) is being chartered to define the role for OGC standards and related activities related to urban planning.  It is also intended to provide an open forum for the discussion of interoperability requirements, use cases, pilots, and implementations of OGC standards in this domain.  The OGC seeks comments from the public on the draft new charter. The comment period closes on  6 August 2014. Technologies and trends such as Augmented Reality (AR), Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Sensor Webs, the Internet of Things (IoT), LBS (Location Based Services),…
  • Autonomous vehicles forecast to be commercially available by 2020

    Geoff
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Google has had a fleet of 10 or more driverless cars on the roads in Florida, Nevada, and California for a couple of years that by now have logged over a million driverless miles.  The latest cars from mainstream vehicle manufacturers already include intelligent functions such as keeping in lane while adjusting speed to the vehicle in front, automated parking, and crash prevention.  According to a recent report form Navigant Research there is an industry consensus that the first vehicles with comprehensive self-driving features will be brought to market by 2020.  The technology to support…
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    GPS Tracklog

  • New TomTom START Designed For Leisure Drivers

    Liz E.
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    TomTom introduced the new TomTom START range of GPS devices today. TomTom has a habit of reusing names of devices, so if you recognize the name from a series launched a few years ago, you aren’t crazy. The new START devices are a little cheaper than most, ringing in at €139.95 ($187.35) and are aimed atread more The post New TomTom START Designed For Leisure Drivers appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Indoor GPS Raises Privacy Concerns

    Liz E.
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    With all budding new technology comes certain concerns about how it will change things, and indoor GPS systems are no exception. As more and more companies are researching and racing to be the first to create an accurate system for location positioning indoors, many companies are starting to look at what can be done withread more The post Indoor GPS Raises Privacy Concerns appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Garmin Second Quarter Report Overview

    Liz E.
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Garmin released their second quarter financial report Wednesday morning before stocks opened. Overall, the report was still in the positive although the company’s shares fell as much as 7 percent in morning trading after the report was released. Garmin reported a total revenue of $778 million dollars this quarter and acknowledged the completed acquisition of Fusionread more The post Garmin Second Quarter Report Overview appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • GPS Satellite Launch Scheduled for Friday

    Liz E.
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Friday’s planned launch of the seventh of 12 new GPS satellites is looking good, according to Florida Today. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has planned the departure for 11:23 p.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The 189-foot Atlas V will be carrying a GPS IIF-7 satellite, the third of four scheduled for launch this year.read more The post GPS Satellite Launch Scheduled for Friday appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
  • Underground Railroad Geotour Looking For Funding

    Liz E.
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Geocaching is a rapidly expanding activity with more than 6 million active geocachers around the world searching for hidden objects. But what if those caches were strung together to tell a story or the history of something like the Underground Railroad? Well, that’s what geotourism is all about, and there is a kickstarter project currently lookingread more The post Underground Railroad Geotour Looking For Funding appeared first on GPS Tracklog.
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    GPS Insight Blog

  • New Stop Detail and Idle Time Map

    rdonat
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    We recently added a new way to visualize your fleet’s stops and idle times by displaying color specific circles on a map – red for stopped, purple for idle. New Stop Detail and Idle Time Map Here is the run-down on all the features: Click on a vehicle to limit the map view to only stops/idles for that vehicle. The rows on the right for that vehicle will highlight in yellow. See all stops/idles on the map again by clicking “display all”. Double-click the rows on the right and the map will zoom to that stop and popup more info (clicking on the circles will also popup the…
 
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    Making Maps: DIY Cartography

  • Mapa de los Paisajes de Cuba | Map of the Landscapes of Cuba | 1949 | Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz

    John Krygier
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
      The Atlas de Cuba by Gerardo Canet and Erwin Raisz, featured in a recent posting here, is accompanied by a large color map entitled Mapa de los Paisajes de Cuba (Map of the Landscapes of Cuba). The map is a hybrid of Raisz’s landform map style supplemented with diverse human landscape components. Canet and Raisz explain their methodology: The accompanying map of Cuba is a new experiment in cartography. Color suggests land types: cultivated fields, pastures, mountains, swamps, valleys, etc. The symbols were selected after a series of flights over the Island and on analysis of…
  • Atlas de Cuba | 1949 | Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz

    John Krygier
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    This Atlas is more than an attempt to describe Cuba. Our aim is not only to present the setting in which the drama of Cuban life is played but to show how this life itself changes its own setting, creating new problems and new adjustments to them. This dynamic element is usually absent from the impersonal atlases produced by governments, societies and publishing houses, which merely give a graphic report of a given moment of time. Our objective is to give a living picture of Cuban geography as far as possible in 64 pages. Our approach is as follows: 1. What are the facts?, 2. What are the…
  • Japanese Maps | Tokugawa Era | 1600-1870

    John Krygier
    28 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Fujimi jūsanshū yochi zenzu (Map of the thirteen provinces from which Mt. Fuji is visible) 1843  |  Edo : Yamashiroya Sahei Source Kaihō Kai no Kuni ezu (Pocket map of Kai Province) 1842  |  Kōfu, Kai Province : Murataya Kōtarō Source  Ōsaka yori Tōkai ni itaru kairo no zu (Tōkaidō and the sea route from Ōsaka to Edo) 1855  |  Manuscript Source Shiga kenka Shiga-gun Fujio-mura chinai aza Ōhira Kaigaya Maegaki jissokuzu (Measured map of Ōhira Kaigaya Maegaki, in Fujio Village, Shiga County, Shiga Prefecture – Gunpowder Safety Map) 1870  |  Manuscript Source…
  • Map Art Exhibitions, 2012-13

    John Krygier
    12 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    Céline Boyer: Empreintes (from Céline Boyer) Denis Wood’s 2010 book Rethinking the Power of Maps includes a discussion of exhibits devoted to maps created by artists prior to 2010. A significant number of exhibits have opened since the book was published. Map Art Exhibitions, 2010-11 was posted in late 2012, and an update for 2012-13 is below. Map Art Exhibitions, 2012-13 While we know there were more exhibitions than we cover here – so please note any we’ve overlooked in the comments – the last two years have marked a slackening of interest in map art as the genre is…
  • Old Map Newsreels 1935-1965: British Pathé

    John Krygier
    26 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    The World Is Round! (1935) Air Mapping (1935) Moon Mapping (1953) Map to the Coronation (1937) Mainly Maps (1938) Mapping It Out! (1940) Map Depot In Desert (1943) Map Making By Women’s Voluntary Service – Quite So! (1943) New Maps for New Worlds (1945) Mobile Map Truck (Step On It!) (1944) Plastic Maps (1947) Map Making (1952) Interpol See Scotland Yard (Pre-Computer GIS) (1958) Map Making (1961) School Playground Map (1961) Map Survey (1965) Aerial Photography Aids Map Makers – Hungary (1965)
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    Geographic Travels

  • Lakota Sioux Winter Counts: Calendars of Prairie Pasts

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Lakota Sioux Indians would record the previous year on winter counts.  These records were written on buffalo hides as the Lakota hunkered down for the winter.  The winter counts serve as witnesses to wars, famines, unique events, and even epic changes in Lakota cosmology such as the 1775-76 discovery of the Black Hills (which ironically now serves as proof against neo-myths such as the Lakota Sioux always lived in the Black Hills.  This myth is advanced in sources like Aaron Carpella's "Native American Nations: Our Own Names & Locations" map.)The Smithsonian Institute has…
  • How Hollywood Movies have Repeatedly Destroyed America

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The blog Concourse has a good series of maps which, while self-admiringly is not comprehensive, shows the location of various disaster/monster movies.  Monsters, Creatures, Climate, Geological, infections, mankind, alien attacks, space rocks, superhero battles, and a sharknado have all taken their toll on the United States.Interestingly, New York was the early center of disaster films but as the United States grew so did the location of movie apocalypses. New York City and Los Angeles still remain the scene of most incidents but a bias seems to dominate as the third largest city,…
  • Hunt at Home for Invasive Plants in Hawaii

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There is yet another opportunity to be an at home imagery interpretation geographer thanks to the Nature Conservatory and Digital Globe.  It is now possible to look at imagery to find invasive plants in Hawaii's forests.  The effort is trying to find Australian and African plants that are competing against native Hawaiian trees thus altering the local ecosystem.Do not worry if you do not know one tropical tree from another as the program is very easy to use and provides enough examples to help you identify invasive plants
  • July 2014 Travel Photo: Empire State Building

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New York's official nickname is the "Empire State."  While some theories claim George Washington gave the state this nickname, notably due to its key role in the country's economy, there is no confirmed reason on how New York earned this name. The Empire State's economy, and that of all the United States, suffered severely in the crash of 1929.  As part of the effort to reassert the economy and New York's role as a producer, construction of the Empire State Building began in 1930 (with plans only a few weeks old) and was finished in 1931.The building was the tallest in the world…
  • 100 Years Ago Today: The Assassination that Changed the World

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:27 pm
    USA for democracy by allying with unstable radical anti-minority republic-at-home-empire-abroad France, stable constitutional monarchy-at-home but empire-abroad United Kingdom, and absolutist Russia against most social democratic-friendly but turned military dictatorship Germany, unstable but trying to find peace Austria-Hungary, and the genocidal nationalist Ottoman Empire. One hundred years ago today Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Serbian terrorists backed by rogue elements of the itself-rogue state of the Kingdom of Serbia.  The war which resulted from the…
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  • Teaching Kids News and Current Events

    AwayWeGoLearning
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    The other day as I was taking the kids to camp, I was (as usual) listening to NPR during the drive, and of course my kids listen a lot more than I think they are. They are 5 and 4. A story about the Ukrainian conflict came on and some of the questions I got were: why did they shoot down a plane? what is a fighter jet? why do people have wars? where is Ukraine? You get the idea. Some of these are easy, I can point to Ukraine and Russia on a map, I can fairly easily explain that they used to be part of a larger country called the Soviet Union, but that Ukraine didn’t want to be part of…
  • Gnome place like home

    haroldshomebrewworld
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    This week, I wanted to tackle a race that has, just like the halflings, given me a headache trying to find their niche in the world — the gnome. My major issue with the gnome has always been their identity. I came into tabletop RPGs in the early years of D&D 3.5e, and my first experience with the gnome was in a gaming group in which our halfling rogue had an unhealthy obsession of gnomes. But, in terms of ever wanting to plan on myself, I never had much inkling mostly because they just seemed lost in their own concept. To me, they like a miniature dwarf — they lived underground and…
  • Love, Bonds & Geography (Topics in Last Days of Casanova)

    Luis Samuel González
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    “Francesca was his bond to any geographical location graced with her presence.” ~Last Days of Casanova, by Luis Samuel González Spaces, sites & places meld with our affections and connect us to the objects of our emotions. Their significance is as intense as the very affections establishing our bonds with the ones we love and lust for. Luis Samuel González
  • Northeast Coast Campaign (1745)

    exequy
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Brigadier_General_Samuel_Waldo The Northeast Coast Campaign (1745) occurred during King George’s War from 19 July until 5 September 1745. Three weeks after the British Siege of Louisbourg (1745), the Wabanaki Confederacy of Acadia retaliated by attacking New England settlements along the coast of present-day Maine below the Kennebec River, the former border of Acadia. They attacked English settlements on the coast of present-day Maine between Berwick and St. Georges (Thomaston, Maine), within two months there were 11 raids – every town on the frontier had been attacked. Casco…
  • Days of Future Past (15)

    laurenprosenberg
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
      This is my Sunday post where I tell you about things that have happened in the past week and things that are going to happen this week. PAST   Me right now (not as cute though) This week was average. Unfortunately, I didn’t get as much reading done as I would’ve liked – I finished only one book (Seraphina). I’m a bit annoyed with myself for this, since yesterday was probably one of the most unproductive days I’ve ever had. I wrote about five sentences for English and then gave up and baked baklava (which, I have to say was fun + relatively…
 
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    Google Sightseeing

  • On this day: Final Day of Montreal Olympics

    Ian Brown
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Look up ‘boondoggle‘ in the dictionary and you may find a picture of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The final day of competition for the summer Olympics took place on this day in 1976… but the stadium’s nickname The Big O soon got changed into The Big Owe. Taxpayers in the city didn’t finish paying for it until 30 years later. Although it is the largest stadium in the country, these days it mostly sits empty apart from the occasional football game, trade show or concert. Locations: Quebec / Categories: On this day, Stadiums and Sport, Street ViewsView in Google Earth You're reading…
  • Europe’s Five Highest Paved Roads

    Kyle Kusch
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Europe plays host to some of the planet’s most breathtaking mountain vistas. Much of this wonderful scenery is accessible relatively easily by vehicle – and therefore by Street View! In this entry, we count down the five highest paved roads on the continent. Before we get started, let’s look at a few other notable highest paved roads in Europe. The UK’s highest paved road is the A93 as it crosses the Cairnwell Pass in the Scottish Highlands. While low in elevation by this list’s standard at 670 m (2,199 ft) above sea level, the pass is nevertheless home to Scotland’s largest ski…
  • On this day: First World Cup Final

    Ian Brown
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllll!!!!! On July 30, 1930, Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 to win the first World Cup Final at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. 93,000 spectators crammed the stadium, but thousands of Argentinian fans who were attempting to reach the city by boat were stranded due to the volume of craft attempting to enter the port. Locations: Uruguay / Categories: On this day, Stadiums and SportView in Google Earth You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
  • On this day: The Arc de Triomphe Was Inaugurated

    Ian Brown
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    On July 29, 1836, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated after a lengthy construction process. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an eternal flame are found beneath the arch. With twelve roads radiating from the monument, the traffic around it is dizzying. Locations: France / Categories: Monuments, On this day, Street Views, StructuresView in Google Earth You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
  • On this day: Fire at Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier

    Ian Brown
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    On July 28, 2008, the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare burned down. This classic seaside icon dates from 1904 but had first burned and was rebuilt in the 1930s. When the newly reconstructed pier opened in October 2010, more than 100,000 people visited on the first weekend. Locations: England / Categories: Buildings, On this day, Street Views, StructuresView in Google Earth You're reading an entry from Google Sightseeing, which is copyright © 2014 Alex Turnbull & James Turnbull and must not be reproduced without permission.
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • Wishing Trees: Where Money Grows in the Branches

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Coins in the Aira Force wishing tree in the English Lake District (photograph by Claire1066/Flickr) In some places people toss coins into fountains begging for a wish, but in parts of the United Kingdom coins are pressed into trees for the same purpose. These "wishing trees" or "money trees" are a strange fusion of nature and manufactured metal, and represent a tradition dating back centuries. Much like the clootie wells we featured last week, the money trees are believed to have pagan roots. (The "wishing tree" Wikipedia entry actually includes both as…
  • The Ship Wrecked by Wheat Forgotten on the California Shores

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Prow of the Dominator in California (photograph by Adam Ness) It's amazing how an event that captured the public's attention so much in the 1960s could be so easily forgotten in the decades that followed. The S.S. Dominator caused a sensation in the South Bay of Los Angeles when it ran ashore on March 13, 1961 at Rocky Point in Palos Verdes Estates. Stuck there, its cargo load of wheat expanded so much it broke the hull. The captain and his crew had to abandon ship when it started taking on water, and the Coast Guard hadn't been able to tow them out. Then the thing…
  • Today Me, Tomorrow You: Rome's Sculptural Skeletons

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Sant’Agostino, memorial to Cardinal Giuseppe Ranato Imperiali, by Paolo Posi (design) and Pietro Bracci (statuary), 1741 (photograph by Elizabeth Harper) The dead are everywhere in the churches of Rome. Their tombs line the walls and dominate whole side chapels. Visit enough of them and you’ll come to expect the loose wiggle and hollow thunk of the marble slabs shifting beneath your feet that signal you’ve walked over a grave. If you imagine what’s just beyond every surface, the churches become mega-necropoli, Tokyos made of tombs instead of hotel rooms.
  • NYC's Possible Pompeii Columns That Link Its Great Fire to Ancient Volcanic Doom

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Delmonico's on Beaver St. in Manhattan (photograph by Allison Meier/Atlas Obscura) Are relics from Pompeii — that Roman city wrecked by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD — embedded in the façade of one of New York City's most iconic restaurants? The answer is a wavering "maybe," but the symbolism of the two marble columns framing the entrance to Delmonico's resonates both with that ancient destruction, and one of New York's greatest disasters. I had never heard the story that the two corinthian columns bookending the gold Delmonico's name at 56 Beaver Street were…
  • Abandon Ship: 5 Maritime Disasters Lost to Time

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Long before concrete, the highways of the globe were water, and the crafts that glided through them brought people and goods to new markets, new opportunities, and new worlds. The modern use of passenger and commercial ships swung open doors of transport, commerce, and tourism, but like any opportunity there was chance for catastrophe. Thus our maritime history is dotted with disasters and memorials to those lost, and now often forgotten. Here are five maritime disasters lost to time, and the obscure monuments preserving their memory.  P.S. GENERAL SLOCUM The P.S. General…
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    GIS Lounge

  • Mapping Methane Leaks with Google Street View Cars

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Google partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund on a pilot project to use Google’s fleet of Street View cars to map out methane levels in three U.S. cities.  The cars were outfitted with sensors to detect and record methane leaking from city pipes in the cities of Boston, Staten Island, and [...] The post Mapping Methane Leaks with Google Street View Cars appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • No Drones Zones: Map and GIS Data

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Unmanned aircraft, known more commonly as drones, have a blanket ban by the Federal Aviation Authority in the United States over military bases and within a five mile radius of medium to large sized airports.  On July 27, 2014 a ban on the launching, landing, or operating of drones over national parks and [...] The post No Drones Zones: Map and GIS Data appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Using Remote Sensing to Measure the Affect of Drought on Ground Water

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have been experimenting with a new data product to assess groundwater and soil moisture drought indicators. The maps produced are used by the U.S. Drought Monitor and use data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites.   In 2002, the GRACE satellites were launched [...] The post Using Remote Sensing to Measure the Affect of Drought on Ground Water appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • National Transportation Atlas Database

    Caitlin Dempsey Morais
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The Bureau of Transportation Statistics recently released the 2014 National Transportation Atlas Database.   From the BTS The DVD is a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, transportation networks, and associated infrastructure. These datasets include spatial information for transportation modal networks and intermodal terminals, as well as the related [...] The post National Transportation Atlas Database appeared first on GIS Lounge.
  • Evaluating Ecosystems from Space

    Rebecca Maxwell
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The impact of humans upon the planet’s ecosystems has long been a concern for scientists, and now the European Space Agency (ESA) is taking their assessment of natural resources to a new level with satellite technology. The emphasis of a new project from the ESA is on promoting sustainability and [...] The post Evaluating Ecosystems from Space appeared first on GIS Lounge.
 
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