This article takes a look at what happening with the development of “spatial information management”, and suggests what might be next on the horizon
The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, which conducts hazards and disaster research, is calling for proposals for Quick Response grants to study the impacts of Hurrican Katrina. The small grants, which average between $1500 and $3000, are to cover food, travel, and lodging expense to allow researchers to conduct short-term field studies immediately following a disaster. The website also has information about NSF funding to collect data about the impacts of Hurrican Katrina
Natural Hazards Center
The Association of American Geographers is organizing an online clearinghouse and establishing a fund to help geography departments and others impacted by Katrina. If you would like more information or would like to contribute, here is the link:
If you are an experienced GIS user, GISCorps, a volunteer organization under the auspices of URISA, coordinates short term volunteer GIS services for many things, including humanitarian relief, and need EXPERIENCED GIS volunteers for Hurrican Katrina relief efforts. If you think you might be able to help, information and forms are available at the GISCorps website
There are numerous blogs, websites, and other Internet resources on Hurrican Katrina, so I can only mention a couple. The devastation is unbelievable, and our thoughts are certainly with all the people who are trying to cope with the aftermath, but it underscores how important an understanding of geography and our environment is, as has been pointed out many times in the case of New Orleans. Here are a couple of links to some of the many resources out there, including uses of Google Earth to provide locational information on levee breaches.
ESRI is providing GIS assistance for organizations, with information available at http://www.esri.com/hurricanehelp
Here are a couple of links to uses of Google Earth to map aspects of the disaster
(via The Map Room) http://www.kathryncramer.com/kathryn_cramer/2005/08/new_orleans_lev.html
These are still images of Google Earth output:
And finally, if you’d like to help the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund:
I have always loved the Smithsonian and think it really is an amazing place, so I’m sad that things might be as bad as this article suggests. I think it reflects badly on us, aside from any other issues, when we can’t support our own national museums, which are also some of the most-visited attractions by tourists from other countries.
Here is an article about the NYPD’s new Real Time Crime Center, a technology nerve center that “gives detectives instantaneous information on homicides and shootings citywide, enabling them to identify and respond to emerging crimes.”
MountainTownTrails.com is a website where cyclists can download GPS tracks and maps, mostly for the Rocky Mountains area. Here is a link to the article:
And a link to the MountainTownTrails.com website: