Month: August 2005


Another nation with Google Earth issue

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.

Google Earth Mapping Service Draws Complaint from Seoul

Hurricane Katrina

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

Here are a couple of links to uses of Google Earth to map aspects of the disaster

(via The Map Room)

These are still images of Google Earth output:

And finally, if you’d like to help the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund:

Geography for Travelers

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

Space AND Space

While I haven’t actually downloaded and installed it looks darn cool. Again tied to my obsession with non-terrestrial Geography.

Download Squad

Google Maps Golf

Although this is is still an early beta, this site has some interesting techniques I haven’t seen other places. It’s also a pretty innovative use of spatial technology… plus…. it’s online golf…. who doesn’t like online golf? A Google Map Plot of Katrina 2005

This is an interesting use of Google Maps that emulates many different products including ESRI’s Tracking Analyst extension.


Founnd on The Map Room

Show notes for AVSP Episode 06

VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 06
August 28, 2005

Main Topic:
Who decides when a map is right with guest discussant Frank.
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A Very Spatial Podcast – Episode 06

Smithsonian’s problems, Peru’s glaciers retreat, and Sirius Satellite’s traffic radio in the news. AllPointsBlog in the blog corner. Main topic is who decides when the maps are right with guest discussant Frank joining us.

Associations/Groups – Association of American Geographers

The Assoication of American Geographers is the main academic and professional organization for Geographers in the US. The AAG, which has been around for over 100 years, supports all areas of Geography and hosts an annual meeting each Spring. Within the AAG there are several specialty and affinity groups (for instance, I am currently the chair of the Graduate Student Affinity Group…more on that later) that support the wide range of of interests within geography community. The next meeting will be in Chicago in early March 2006, however anyone interested in presenting at the AAG must submit abstracts by October 13, 2005.

In addition to general presentations, most of the specialty groups have student paper competitions. Visit their respective web page to obtain more information on these and other opportunties.

Association of American Geographers

Smithsonian in dire need of building restorations – 08/26/05

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.

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