TED Talks In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
The uses of geospatial technologies is NOT limited to studying geography, but it is the bedrock of many research projects that involve spatial thinking (as demonstrated in this TED talk). Geographic principles and geographers can be very important members of interdisciplinary teams.
Markus Reugels is a German photographer who specializes in capturing the art of water droplets. The resulting images are so fantastic one might think that Photoshop or some other image manipulation software had a hand in creating them.
ESRI is the world leader in GIS (geographic information system) technology. This site features free GIS software, online mapping, online training, demos, data, software and service information, user scripts, and more.
This learning module includes activities that analyze water (oceans, rivers, watersheds, wetlands, etc.) within an explicitly spatial context. As the author of the module, Joseph Kerski states: "Water is a spatial subject: It easily moves among its solid, liquid, or gas phases on our planet. It flows through oceans, rivers, wetlands, glaciers, and through the hydrologic cycle at different rates. Thus, the geographic perspective and GIS are useful to understanding water from local to global scales. These activity use ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS). No previous experience with GIS is necessary."
This interactive map of coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island shows some basic flooding data including: 1) where are the flood warnings (essential the entire coastline), 2) how high the storm surge is, and 3) how high the waves are.
Amazing things about Google Earth - news, features, tips, technology, and applications...
If you've never seen the Google Earth Blog, this post is a good primer to the educational possibilities that this technology opens up to teachers. It is not just for geography teachers; it can be a visualization tool for any subject that has real-world applications that take place somewhere.
For all of its awesome applications, GPS has two fundamental flaws: It doesn't work indoors, and it can't really detect altitude. An Indoor Positioning System would fix that -- and introduce some seriously awesome applications.
Geolocation was listed as one of the important growth industries for the future (it also is a way to reassure students that the their are jobs for geography majors). The IPS isn't quite here, but it's hard to imagine that is too far away.
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