Dr. Richard Aspinall discusses the role of Geography and GIS in an interdisciplinary approach to studying Land Use and Land Cover Change in an editorial in this week’s Directions Magazine. He argues that GIS and Geography are and will continue to be central to the study of land use and human interactions with the environment. He also discusses a new international program that will focus on these issues called the Global Land Project
The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed a mapping service called Kyoto-Inventory which utilizes satelllite imagery to assist in annual reporting on afforestation, refforestation, and deforestation as part of the Kyoto Protocol, which is an initiative to reduce greenhouse gases. Kyoto-Inventory was a 3-year demonstration project, and will now continue as part of a larger project called GSE-Forest monitoring. The mapping service uses satellite imagery from ERS, Landsat and SPOT to generate forest maps and monitor land cover change.
You can read about the Kyoto-Inventory forest mapping project on the ESA website
The winner of the MSN Virtual Earth application contest is MapStats an application that uses Virtual Earth to visualize the locations of visitors to a website.
Congratulation! and sorry I was a little late in getting the results posted on the blog.
You can check out the full results at ViaVirtualEarth
We were accepted by Podcast Bunker to be included in their directory. Podcast Bunker, unlike most of the other directories, chooses podcasts based on the quality of the podcast. This makes me, as the sound person on the podcast, ecstatic of course.
What this means to you, our existing listeners, is that you now know about Podcast Bunker, so head over and take a look at some of the great podcasts they have listed.
Over on the Digital Divide Network, they mentioned an online interactive map illustrating the digital divide. I went to the website, Maplecroft maps, and found a nice interactive mapping tool that has thematic maps for a number of environmental, social, economic, and political topics, including military expenditures, perceptions of corruption, climate change, and poverty. The interface is pretty straightforward, and users access information about each country via a mouseover. It’s a interesting project, and they plan to add more thematic maps in the future.
Maplecroft itself is a
Canadian British consulting firm that helps companies address social, environmental, and ethical issues.
This morning I sat in on THE session for geographers, it was on geospatial technologies and landscapes. A farily good session from my perspective. Today’s posters are fairly good as wellÃ¢â‚¬Â¦even included a few archaeological uses of soil (all from BYU). This afternoon was a little more quiet as I meandered through sessions, though nothing exciting. I had hoped to bump into a colleague that I like to harrass when I see her (she decided not to come to WVU when she was offered a position) but only her posters could be found, no sign of her. I fly out far too early in the morning and of course lose 2 hours going back east…weep for me
Rand McNally has announced the release of MapEngine, their new web service that will feature the company’s proprietary mapping database. MapEngine is aimed at businesses, and Rand McNally will offer a hosted service or a MapEngine Server API that will integrate the web service into customized applications. This marks the entry of one of the biggest traditional print map-making companies into the world of web mapping, so it will be interesting to see if it is successful.
As a big fan of multi-monitor displays, I took notice of the GISCafe press release announcing the new Matrox DualHead2Go external adapter. Now, you can have a multi-monitor display without installing a new video card, and the DualHead2Go is under $200. Jesse knows more about this hardware stuff than me, but it seems pretty cool.
UmmmÃ¢â‚¬Â¦yeah. So today, I skipped the morning, but sat in on a session in the afternoon on erosion and runoff (under the soil physics section – S01). I have only recorded on interview so far and it doesn’t sound great. We were standing in front of a poster (use of handheld hyperspectral sensors in recording soils information in a profile) in a room that was quite busy, 2 people talking right next to us, and, most importantly, recorded with the iPod. I will try to clean it up, but I will try to corner people in quieter areas. Another poster presenter I wanted interview was presenting on soil in subacqueous landscape, but I didn’t want to seem like a stalker.
Today’s posters were a little more interesting to me, plenty of geography, especially geostats, most of which were out of Florida, Sabine Grunwald’s lab I would guess since she was second author on a few. Tomorrow there is a session on geospatial tech and soils that will be attending. Til then.