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Deforestation drops in the Brazilian Amazon (again) : Nature News Blog

Deforestation drops in the Brazilian Amazon (again) : Nature News Blog | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
The numbers just keep going down: Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has fallen 23 percent over the past year, according to an initial – and highly uncertain – analysis released Thursday by the Brazilian government.  Read more...
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Create Customized Mapping Applications Using Esri's Web Map and Application Templates in ArcGIS Online | ArcWatch

Create Customized Mapping Applications Using Esri's Web Map and Application Templates in ArcGIS Online | ArcWatch | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
Follow these step-by-step directions for creating custom web mapping applications using the ArcGIS Online storytelling templates.
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Esri Software Helps NGOs Mitigate Risks to Smallholder Farmers | FARMD: Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development

Esri Software Helps NGOs Mitigate Risks to Smallholder Farmers | FARMD: Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development | DigitalRural | Scoop.it

Esri believes that geographic information system (GIS) concepts, theories, and technology are uniquely appropriate to this mission of service and that geographic understanding can lead to a better world. GIS is integrative, able to include information from many different kinds of groups, cultures, and disciplines and unite it into a collaborative vision of how our world works and what we need to do to help it work better.

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5 Common ArcGIS Online Questions Answered

5 Common ArcGIS Online Questions Answered | DigitalRural | Scoop.it

5 Common ArcGIS Online Questions Answered by Jeremy Weber, Director of Product Development, GEO-Jobe GIS Consulting.

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A Perfect Match for Collaboration - GovLoop - Cloud and GIS:

A Perfect Match for Collaboration - GovLoop - Cloud and GIS: | DigitalRural | Scoop.it

“We need ways of understanding and planning our world. GIS is evolving into a new platform: cloud GIS. This is making geographic understanding pervasive. Cloud GIS integrates all types of geospatial data, models, and applications and makes them available as web maps. The cloud is agile and flexible. Esri is moving GIS to the cloud.”

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Esri News: Yearly Q&A, Summaries for the 2012 Esri International User Conference, Productivity Improvements, and more | Slashgeo.org

"We do this every year to keep you informed on our efforts in software development, products, education, and support; future plans in these areas; and thoughts on GIS and the industry as a whole." Since the document is very long, APB graciously shared a useful entry namedDigging into the Esri UC 2012 Q & A. James took the challenge of providing funny answers.

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Thomson Reuters Partners with U.S. Forest Service to Map and Document Land Rights in West Africa

Initiative promotes sustainable agro-forestry, environmental protection, and the livelihood of the rural poor in the...
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Agroforestry: The Next Agricultural Revolution to Feed the World

Agroforestry: The Next Agricultural Revolution to Feed the World | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
We need to drastically modify global agriculture by incorporating trees into the farming environment. The world stands at a critical juncture in the second decade of the 21st century.
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Bing | Bing Maps Spatial Data Service Infrastructural Update

Bing | Bing Maps Spatial Data Service Infrastructural Update | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
Today, I’m happy to announce the completed release of a major architectural improvement to our Bing Maps Spatial Data Service (SDS).
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What functionality will Esri purchase next?

After decades of internal organic growth, mapping giant Esri has gone on a shopping spree of late.
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Top 10 productivity enhancements in ArcGIS 10.1 #esriuc | AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology

Top 10 productivity enhancements in ArcGIS 10.1 #esriuc | AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
Top 10 productivity enhancements at ArcGIS 10.1 #esriuc...
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Google Earth 7.0 released for iOS | Google Earth Blog

Google Earth 7.0 released for iOS | Google Earth Blog | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
Amazing things about Google Earth - news, features, tips, technology, and applications...
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Forest Remote Sensing Survey

The Remote Sensing Survey portal provides access to global sample tiles used by the Global Forest Resource Assessment (FRA-RSS). It enables the search, display and download of tile information, associated satellite imagery and auxiliary data. The database consists of 13,689 samples of 10 km squares located at the junction of each latitude and longitude line across the globe (excluding Antarctica).

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Geography as a Platform | Esri Insider

Geography as a Platform | Esri Insider | DigitalRural | Scoop.it

Geography is our platform for understanding the world.  GIS is making geography come alive. GIS condenses down all of our data, our information, our knowledge, and our science into a kind of language that we can easily understand: maps.

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Inventário Florestal Nacional traz oportunidade para pesquisas - Serviço Florestal Brasileiro - SFB

Inventário Florestal Nacional traz oportunidade para pesquisas - Serviço Florestal Brasileiro - SFB | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
Iniciativa para conhecer florestas do país e suas oportunidades e desafios ligados à mensuração florestal são tema...
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Soybeans and forests in Brazil’s Arc of Deforestation: A temporary truce? | CIFOR

With global demand for commodities like palm oil, soy and beef rapidly increasing, and the supply of usable lands dwindling, can forests survive? Can the planet’s growing billions be better fed, clothed and housed without destroying tropical forests?

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Esri International User Conference: A Geographer's Place to Be - Nat Geo Education Blog

Esri International User Conference: A Geographer's Place to Be - Nat Geo Education Blog | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
Learn about My Wonderful World, a National Geographic-led campaign to increase geographic learning, and meet coalition members.
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Teoria alternativa propõe que planalto nordestino se formou há cerca de 30 milhões de anos | Revista Pesquisa FAPESP

Teoria alternativa propõe que planalto nordestino se formou há cerca de 30 milhões de anos | Revista Pesquisa FAPESP | DigitalRural | Scoop.it

O soerguimento da Borborema pode ser consequência de atividade magmática e de uma anomalia térmica profunda que teriam se iniciado há cerca de 30 milhões de anos naquele trecho do Nordeste.

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Environment Magazine - July-August 2012

Environment Magazine - July-August 2012 | DigitalRural | Scoop.it

Remote sensing using instruments on airplanes and earth satellites is increasingly able to cover larger areas and to provide consistent measures of ground conditions, including the area of forest cover, deforestation rates, and forest land conversion to other uses, such as agriculture, across large areas. Ground measures provide field truthing of the remote sensing, thereby enhancing its accuracy, but alone cannot provide the global coverage and consistently calibrated data required for more accurate estimates of the quantitative the details of the forest worldwide and of the forest's role in mitigating GHG emissions.

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European Space Agency releases time series showing Amazon deforestation

European Space Agency releases time series showing Amazon deforestation | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency last week released an animation showing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon between 1986 and 2010..
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Recent Proceedings - 2012 Esri International User Conference Paper Sessions

Access papers and presentation materials from GIS professionals who shared best practices and case studies at theEsri User Conference. - Esri's GIS (geographic information systems) mapping software helps you understand and visualize data to make decisions based on the best information and analysis.

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The Geoscape: A New Canvas for Understanding | Esri Insider

The concept of the geoscape gives us the framework to extend our thinking and understanding of the world around us.  As we move from thinking about only the surface of the earth to now including what’s below and above the surface, we take into consideration the full spectrum of the earth’s life support system.  This represents a significant transformation in the way people think about geography, geodesign, and the application of geospatial technologies.

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ArcGIS Online at the 2012 #esriuc and Geography As A Platform - Top Features | AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology

ArcGIS Online at the 2012 #esriuc and Geography As A Platform - Top Features | AnyGeo - GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
No huge surprise here as much of the story t esriuc2012 was indeed, ArcGIS online (AGO), or as Jack Dangermond might describe it, The mapping platform for your...
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VerySpatial - The top 10 fictional organizations that need to use ArcGIS online

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GAEZ: Global Agro-Ecological Zones

GAEZ: Global Agro-Ecological Zones | DigitalRural | Scoop.it
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have developed the Agro-Ecological Zones (AEZ) methodology over the past 30 years for assessing agricultural resources...
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