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:
Directions Magazine’s (now Directions Media) website received a face lift over night. They have added a new magazine entitled Location Intelligence Magazine to their existing Directions Magazine and AllPointsBlog and a changed few other things. To find out more head over to A New Directions – Editorials
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.
My brain is a bit dodgy at times. You see this is how it works:
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I heard about this on The Tech Teachers podcast. It is a great combination of education and geography (with some of those other disciplines mixed in). As usual, take a few minutes and check it out.
An article on careers in Geography focusing on the technology side of things.
I was too lazy to blog this myself when I saw it last week so I will let the folks over at DownloadSquad do it for me. High resolution imagery is my master…
We would like to put together a presentation session and/or a panel session on blogging and podcasting in Geography and related disciplines and technologies. If you are a blogger, podcaster or feel you can significantly contribute to the use these media in Geography please contact me. If you are interested in presenting a paper please include a tentative title and a short description of your topic. If you are interested in participating in a panel please include your experience with podcasting or blogging and how you feel you can contribute to the panel and of course a URL if you have a blog or podcast.
Jesse at very spatial dot com