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Global rainforest carbon map released online

Global rainforest carbon map released online | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Researchers have posted carbon stock data for the world's tropical forests on ArcGIS Online, a web-based mapping platform developed by Esri.

 

The data, based on satellite measurements from NASA including LiDAR and

MoDIS data as well as on-the-ground field measurements, reveals the biomass of tropical forests at a 500-meter resolution, the highest resolution ever published on a global scale. Rainforests in the Amazon, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Congo Basin are particularly carbon-dense, reflecting the importance of conserving these areas for climate change mitigation efforts.

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Cartographica.Com - Know where you are

Cartographica.Com - Know where you are | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it
RT @cartographica: Interested in Mapping CO2 Emissions World Wide? Make maps with #Cartographica.
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Predicting and managing extreme weather events - PhysicsToday.org

Predicting and managing extreme weather events - PhysicsToday.org | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Earth’s climate is warming, and destructive weather is growing more prevalent. Coping with the changes will require collaborative science, forward-thinking policy, and an informed public.

 

Lubchenco J, KarlTR (2012) Predicting and managing extreme weather events

Physics Today. March 2012, p. 31.

 http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.1475

 

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Our Global Footprint | Map Stories: generating a global debt

Our Global Footprint | Map Stories: generating a global debt | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

We are spending more than what nature can renew!


ESRI: Global Footprint Network investigates how much credit we have at the Earth. Available biocapacity or Earth’s bounty is like a bank account, which is recharged, for instance by sun-powered plant growth. Against this account, we—as individuals, as nations, and as a global community—are constantly making withdrawals.


According to these calculations, on a worldwide basis we’re spending more than what nature can renew. Explore a full-page version in original article for wour part of the world.


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Mapping out the Future of GPS Technology

Mapping out the Future of GPS Technology | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Ditching satellites and complex, powerful computers and opting for camera technology inspired by small mammals may be the future of navigation systems.

 

The world-first approach to visual navigation algorithms, which has been dubbed SeqSLAM (Sequence Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping), uses local best match and sequence recognition components to lock in locations. SeqSLAM uses the assumption that you are already in a specific location and tests that assumption over and over again.

 

 

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Where the Wild Things Are in Yellowstone Park | ArcNews

Where the Wild Things Are in Yellowstone Park | ArcNews | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Ecological Forecasting


Ecologists use GIS software and a GeoDesign workflow to measure the impact of potential land-use changes and perform ecological forecasting at Yellowstone National Park.


In recent years, managing these ecosystems has become increasingly challenging. Drought, wildfire, habitat fragmentation, contaminants, invasive species, disease, and a rapidly changing climate have begun to threaten human populations, as well as native species and their habitats. To plan for this uncertainty, a dedicated group of ecologists is using ArcGIS, statistical analyses, and a GeoDesign workflow to measure the impact of potential land-use change before it happens.

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2011 — The Year Python took over GIS

2011 — The Year Python took over GIS | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

More than one year ago news about Pyton in GIS caused mixed reactions. GIS expertes used specific programs ArcInfo, ArcEdit etc. for their GIS analysis. With a great scripting language that not only can replicate those AML workflows of the past, but brought in new tools that can help get the work done faster. That would be Python. There is no reason why you shouldn’t close out your ArcGIS Toolbox window and start using ArcPy, they say at Spatially Adjusted.

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Satellite mapping to update forest cover data in JK - GreaterKashmir.com

Satellite mapping to update forest cover data in JK - GreaterKashmir.com | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will conduct satellite mapping to ascertain the exact ground impact of afforestation projects implemented across the State during past two decades. The Government intends to demarcate the total area under green cover and initiate preventive measures to save it from further encroachments.

Forest officials will be trained about the usage of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other technical equipment, which will be used in state wide survey. The recorded forest area of Jammu and Kashmir is 20,230 square km, but only 54 % of total area reported for land utilization is covered by forests.

The main threat are forest fires, which could increase with climate change and global warming and cause further environmental degradation across the region. 


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SID Near You - Safer Internet Day

SID Near You - Safer Internet Day | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

The EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes (via Facebook), has invited kids, parents, grandparents and teachers to explore the online world safely & responsibly during the next Tuesday, 7 February, when a Safer Internet Day (SID) across Europe and across the world is announced. It's about connecting generations to educate each other -  Safer Internet Day is celebrated around the world, with Safer Internet Centres, SID Committees and other supporters in each of the countries coming together to plan and organise events. Schools and individuals would need to register. MediaLaws published her speach about single set of rules for Europe - the EU data protection reform - and Cloud Computing Strategy.

Last week Neelie Kroes (via @NeelieKroesEU)  was in Davos at the World Economic Forum. Her principal reason for being there was to announce an exciting new initiative on cloud computing – the European Cloud Partnership, which in particular focuses on the role of the public sector. "An important step forward to making the EU not just cloud friendly, but cloud-active", she stressed in her blog.

Lisa Di Feliciantonio (@lisadf) spotted the most important 'Copyright' implications of 'Connected TV' and cloud computing in her video interview with the EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda.

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Accelerating batch processing of spatial raster analysis using GPU - GPU Science

Accelerating batch processing of spatial raster analysis using GPU - GPU Science | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

"The scope of this paper is to present an efficient two-level caching strategy for raster data and an acceleration of selected raster operations using the GPU, which were implemented as a plugin for the open source software GRASS."

  • Mathias Steinbach and Reinhard Hemmerling. Accelerating batch processing of spatial raster analysis using GPU. Computers & Geosciences, 2011. [doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2011.11.012]
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Bluesky Launches Online LiDAR Map of Britain

Bluesky Launches Online LiDAR Map of Britain | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it
Aerial survey company Bluesky has launched a comprehensive online LiDAR map of the UK. Covering approximately 75 per cent of...

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3-GIS to Release TIMS 5.1 at the EPRI Inspection and Assessment Task Force Meeting - PR.com (press release)

3-GIS to Release TIMS 5.1 at the EPRI Inspection and Assessment Task Force Meeting - PR.com (press release) | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it
3-GIS to Release TIMS 5.1 at the EPRI Inspection and Assessment Task Force MeetingPR.com (press release)3-GIS, a GIS software solutions company based in Decatur, AL, will release Version 5.1 of the Transmission Inspection & Maintenance System (TIMS),...
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Hierarchical Modeling and Analysis for Spatial Data Second Edition- monographs on statistics and applied probability

Hierarchical Modeling and Analysis for Spatial Data Second Edition- monographs on statistics and applied probability | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Monographs on statistics and applied probability Hierarchical Modeling and Analysis for Spatial Data Second Edition- monographs on statistics and applied probability (http://t.co/TF0niEQN...

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Google Lat Long: A New Home for Google Maps API Developers

Google Lat Long: A New Home for Google Maps API Developers | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

With the continuing evolution of the Google Maps API, it became clear that we needed more than just code documentation to convey what’s possible with the Google Maps API. Thus, developers.google.com/maps was born.

A New Home for Google #maps API Developers http://t.co/qyQmGNHM | #geospatial #GIS...

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Data | Food+Tech Connect

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Data | Food+Tech Connect | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Yesterday, the USDA launched Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, a new digital report that details USDA support for local and regional food projects.

 

The KYF Compass utilizes interactive maps, data sets, photos, video content, and business and community case studies to serve as a resource for consumers, farmers and local food producers, as well as a mandatory report to Congress. The interactive report, unveiled by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan via a live webinar, is significantly evolved for a government agency

 

 

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On the Map: new blog series with GIS colleagues in Maryland

On the Map: new blog series with GIS colleagues in Maryland | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

7 questions with Michael S. Scott, PhD.

I’m excited to bring you the first in my blog series with GIS colleagues in Maryland. As I have been working in the GIS field for 10 years in Maryland, I have met some interesting, talented, inte... (RT @TUOutreach: Do you love #GIS?)

 

"I believe we’re going to look back in a hundred years and recognize that we lived in a time where several of the most important technologies ever devised were invented – specifically the Internet, Global Positioning Systems, and wireless networking..."

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Safe Software Execs Address the State of GIS and FME 2012 - Directions Magazine

Safe Software Execs Address the State of GIS and FME 2012 - Directions Magazine | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it
 Safe Software released FME 2012 in January.


Safe Software, the pioneering global leader in the spatial data transformation technology market, released its flagship product, FME 2012. This release of FME Desktop and FME Server introduces new tools for overcoming data challenges so that data can be used and shared precisely where, when and how it’s needed.


Support for Popular Data Types

FME 2012 offers new capabilities in response to market needs that are unmatched by any other technology. Now supporting over 275 formats, FME 2012’s enhancements provide faster, simpler ways to transform data to use and share, and include:

  • New Formats: New support for 16 new formats including: compressed point cloud LAZ format and Oracle Spatial Point Cloud; AIXM 5.1, INSPIRE, OpenGIS® CityGML 1.1, and Top50NL XML formats; Microsoft® DirectX®, and PREGASIS® OpenFlight 3D formats; Google Fusion Tables, and many more.
  • Point Cloud / LiDAR Data: Ability to transform billions of points in one workflow, and enhanced abilities to extract the precise subset of a point cloud dataset that is needed.
  • XML Data: New and enhanced transformation capabilities make it even easier to read, write, and prepare XML data – both the geometries and the geospatial components – without requiring knowledge of scripting languages.
  • 3D Data: Enhancements include making 3D clipping z-aware, making it easier to work with 3D local coordinate systems, and enhanced surface modeling, all in response to customer requests.
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Esri Announces Keynote Speakers for Federal GIS Conference

Esri Federal GIS Conference will be held on February 22–24 in Washington, DC. This event will bring together over 2,700 federal government professionals who use Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology in nearly every agency. Specialized technical sessions will be offered for web and mobile application developers.

 

 

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Python and GIS Resources | GIS Lounge

Python and GIS Resources | GIS Lounge | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it
Find resources to web sites about Python scripting to use in GIS. Learn how to use Python to expand your geographic information system.
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Timeline - the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization

Timeline - the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Timeline - a graphic overview of the events in the history of data visualization that the authors call "milestones".


Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization are shown in the the form of an interactive timeline. The timeline is divided into two vertical sections. You can drag each section left or right to see milestones of different time periods. You can also click one of the links at the bottom of the timeline to jump to a particular epoch.

Each of the milestone's in the timeline can be clicked to reveal its summary that includes both a link to its full details and a category to which it belongs. The category can also be clicked to initiate a search of other milestone's based on that category[from zlwise].

But the web page is much more than this: comprehensive work of dedicated people over decades. Last project has been granted by National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.


Friendly, M. & Denis, D. J. (2001). Milestones in the history of thematic cartography, statistical graphics, and data visualization. Web document, http://www.datavis.ca/milestones/. Accessed: February 8, 2012


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App Store - FAO Forestry

FAO; Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about FAO Forestry on the App Store. Download FAO Forestry and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


The application has been designed to bring FAO's work on forests and forestry and explain forests’ linkage to food security to a growing generation of iPhone and iPad users.

The 'FAO Forestry' app can be downloaded free from the Apple App store and provides users with news, videos, select publications, interactive maps showing world forest statistics, and a quiz, all navigable by a touch-screen wheel.

(via IPPCnews, Facbook)

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Carnival Of The Geospatialists

Carnival Of The Geospatialists | GIS, Spatial modelling & Plants | Scoop.it

Upcoming Webinars: it_webinars@erdas.com.

 

23 February 2012
The Power of GIS and Remote Sensing…Together in a Single Solution. This webinar is targeted to geospatial data analysts who incorporate remotely sensed imagery into their workflows. During this webinar, we will show the benefits of this cohesive image processing and GIS product pairing, focusing on workflows that can process large volumes of imagery, precision terrain data and vector-based geospatial information to update GIS and CAD resources.

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European Commission: ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement

The EU Commission (DG Trade) claims that improved protection of intellectual property rights (ACTA) is an important part of the European Union's 'Lisbon Agenda' for building a European knowledge economy, which will:

- not restrict freedom of the internet (ACTA will not censor or shut down websites.);

- allow people to continue using their social networks such as Twitter and Facebook just as they have in the past – no change;

- Computers, iPads or iPhones not be checked or monitored (ACTA is not Big Brother.);

- not cut off internet access to anyone (ACTA is not SOPA.).

 

However, while we were fighting against SOPA for the Internet freedom, our EU politicians signed confidentially the ACTA agreement in Tokio on 26th of January 2012, without prior public consultation in EU Member States. Probably the EU Commission followed a request of industry. Then after this action, the Commission has just launched public consultation last week.

 

Beside intellectual property rights the Internet security is an important issue. Specialized Internet security research (Team Cymru Research NFP) shows that making the Internet more secure is necessary (see the top 10 countries contributing to malicious activity online in the last 24 hours). The EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding said that 70 per cent of European citizens were concerned about how their information was used online. Therefore the EU Commission proposed (24/01/2012) a comprehensive reform of the EU's data protection rules aiming at safeguarding online privacy rights and help boost Europe's digital economy. They promise the EU citizens will soon become able also to delete their own online data, not only publish them. People in the EU have a right to personal data protection through the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

 

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Take control of your personal data

Every time you go online you share information about yourself.
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GIS on a Continuum « Computers, Society, and Nature

I think the debate surrounding whether GIS is a tool or a science may have been blown out of proportion in the field of GIS. In fact, I particularly agree with the idea put forth in GIS: Science or Tool?
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