During our posts this week, we have talked about some of the main branches of geography, including physical and human geography, and the closely related discipline of cartography. For our final discussion, it seemed that Applied Geography would be an ideal topic, since its focus is using geographic research in an area of specialty and applying it to solve real-world problems. Applied Geography, then, can be part of any of the many fields and subfields of geography, from GIS to development geography to hazards research. Continue reading
So far this week we have talked about the main areas of consideration in Geography (physical and human) and the modern technologies that underpin them (GIS Day). Today we look at perhaps the oldest portion of geography, cartography. While not all cartographers are geographers, nor are all geographers cartographers, there is a deep symbiotic relationship that exists. Cartography has existed in some form since the beginning of what we know as human civilization, from the earliest abstract interpretations of space to modern near-real maps and data. Continue reading
A little different than the rest of the posts this week, but here it is. Check out the podcast.
With only a few days left before the release of the 4th movie in the Harry Potter series, The Goblet of Fire, I thought it might be time to follow in MapzÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lead and look at how an item from the magical world compares to our muggle technology. The MarauderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Map is a piece of parchment enchanted by four rapscallions in their younger days at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which finds its way into the hands of Harry (thanks to the boundless generosity of the Weasley twins). This magical map is a detailed representation of the school: the different rooms, hallways, floors, and many of the objects within the schoolÃ¢â‚¬Â¦all of these things AND a Ã¢â‚¬Å“real-timeÃ¢â‚¬? tracking of the location and movements of each person (even pets!) within the school.
A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – SE03
November 16, 2005
Main Topic: GIS Day 2005
In this special episode we are joined by Rick Lawson, WV ESRI rep, and VerySpatial friend Frank. The conversation covers what we think GIS Day represents and the importance of GIS education and the role of GIS as a profession.
GIS Certification Institute
Left to right: Frank, Rick, Sue and Jesse
We have reached the mid point of Geography Awareness Week, GIS Day. We would like to thank Rick Lawson, the WV ESRI rep, for kicking it with us on the GIS day episode of the podcast. Take a minute to let us know what you are doing for GIS Day or Geography Awareness Week by adding a comment to this post.
GIS Day Podcast including guests Rick Lawson and Frank
Although definitions vary, most agree that human geography focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment, and the spatial relationships that define and are defined by those interactions. Human geography has many sub-disciplines, from cultural geography to urban geography to historical geography and many others (Wikipedia lists 18 fields of Human Geography, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not even all of them).
As I have mentioned before, I see Geography as a series of relationships and as we look back through the history of Geography we see three main areas that we can use as umbrellas for the broad aspects of Geography: cartography, human geography and physical geography. Physical Geography covers the relationships within the environment around us, a broad area to be sure, but an important one in our daily lives.
This week we will be taking a look at five broad areas within Geography, beginning today with Physical Geography with the rest of the week as:
Tuesday – Human Geography
Wednesday – GIS Day complete with podcast
Thursday – Cartography
Friday – A round-up of the myriad of topics that we won’t be covering
We will have the first up later today.
I can file this under “new to me”. The government is taking full advantage of many of the geospatial tools that are out there. The newest that I have come across is the GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination).
This site is a gateway to a standard ArcIMS viewer for viewing the locations of current wildfires. It seems to be a partnership between most of the land holding agencies in the governement for the US Department of Interior and the US Department of Agriculture.