This article from BBC News follows on today’s GAW topic Physical Geography. Just a month ago we referenced an article stating that we were losing portions of the rainforests at faster than expected rates. Today we find out it is slowing, if only there were a universal data set that everyone could use. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Deforestation slowing, UN says
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.
This a short article on GIS from stuff.co.nz and features comments by Jack Dangermond of ESRI. Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s always interesting for me to see how GIS technology has a global reach.
I was waiting for my ride to campus this morning and I stumbled across a program on the History Channel called Battlefield Detectives. This episode was about the Battle of Hastings in England in 1066. But what was interesting was a discussion and demonstration of the use of GIS in historic landscape interpretation and reconstruction. It was pretty strange to see the GIS up on a monitor in the background and the closeups of aerial photos draped over terrain as the researchers explained how the reconstruction is generated. It’s next airing is today at 2pm, but I don’t know after that.
History Channel Battlefield Detectives webpage
As we have mentioned in the podcasts and show notes, we are hosting our first give away. We will be conducting a drawing on December 2, 2005 of post cards that you send in. Send us a post card, preferably one that shows your area of the world, with your contact information, especially email, to:
PO Box 1026
Morgantown, WV 26507
All entries must be received by December 1, 2005 to be eligible. We will be giving away SWAG from the VerySpatial store. Winners will be announced on Episode 20 of the podcast on December 4, 2005.
Main Topic: Public and private information. News: Virtual Earth winner, Rand McNally MapEngine, Google Local mobile
A couple of months ago I mentioned the role out of the NRCS’s Web Soil Survey. Today we bring you a localized soil survey page for CA, AZ, an NV out of UC Davis’s California Soil Resource Lab. While portions of the interface are very similar to the NRCS’s product, their site does offer some additional tools missing in the WSS.
If I understand correctly, they also used MapServer for the backend as opposed to ArcIMS for the map product, which while it doesn’t offer some of the features of ArcIMS/Server out of the box, it is stable and openSource so there is always room to grow.
Thanks to Dylan for pointing this out.
SE03 will not be from the ASA-CSSA-SSSA conference since I didn’t get any usable audio (what I have is good content, just not good quality).
Instead we will be hosting our first avsp GIS Day podcast for release on the 15th or early on the 16th. We hope to cover a bit of an overview of what GIS is and have a couple of short interviews with geospatial technology professionals. We plan to keep it to our regular 30-35 min format to make it a viable tool for the classroom.