First Australia, then Korea, now the Dutch. However, for the first time I see someone has mentioned the USGS’s National Map. While the National Map focuses on the US and does not have the smooth interface that AJAX offers yet…it does offer better overall imagery throughout the US.
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
This is a service that uses the Google Map API (as usual) that allows you to look for restaurants by zip code. Once you are zoomed into your chosen zip code restaraunts are grouped by street so that if you zoom in again you will see the location of the restaraunts themselves. Now if they would add a randomizer they could help people decide where to eat
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
This time South Korea has concerns regarding Google Earth’s information. For some reason they are complaining to the US government…I am not sure what they think the government will do.
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:
Alan Lews is a professor at Northern Arizona University who has a Geography podcast entitled Geography for Travelers. He has beaten us to two things. First, he posted his first file a few hours before we did. Second, he is using his podcast to support his educational endeavours. We won’t have our first classroom episode out for at least a month. Color me green my friends for I am envious.
Dr Lew will be teaching Regional Geography of Tourism and Recreation using the podcast this semester. The first class is already up and I am looking forward to the rest of the semester (who would have thought that I would miss classes while I am working on the dissertation…go figure).
Check out the show notes and podcast at Geography for Travelers