Feb 052018

The Rocky Mountain Map Society presents

Joseph Kerski: “The 100 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in the Field of Geography”
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What would you include in this list? Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore his list, revealing how critical Geography is in the 21st Century. Some discoveries were historical moments with a significant impact on our understanding of our world, including specific maps, technologies, and explorers of ancient times. Others led to the founding of organizations such as U.S.G.S, and for the exploration of new frontiers in digital mapping, surveying, remote sensing, crowdsourcing, and the Internet of Things. Some of the items in the list may be expected; others might surprise you.

Joseph Kerski is Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses. Joseph holds three degrees in Geography. He fosters educational partnerships, promotes GIS in education and society through service and scholarship, creates GIS-based curricula, teaches courses on geotechnology, and conducts research in the effectiveness and implementation of GIS in education.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room
Free and open to the Public

The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Feb 052018

The recording and slides of the great webinar on YouthMappers (http://www.youthmappers.org/) by Dr. Patricia Solis are posted.

Check them out!

Video recording:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h57O72FfPUI

Slides:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=19bi29wDmQGkGG_jmJlvMVxlfO9SiBMgq



Capitalizing on web-based open geospatial technologies, YouthMappers seeks to cultivate a generation of young leaders to create resilient communities and  to define their world by mapping it. Uniting a global network of student-led chapters, now on 100 university campuses in 30 countries, we promote the creation and use of open data on open platforms in ways that directly address development challenges, both in the local community and around the world through remote collaborations. Mapping applications focus on a range of significant issues like food insecurity, public health, natural disasters, and peaceful development. The program supports university efforts to offer meaningful global learning experiences, build a socially engaged citizenry, enhance long-term scientific capacity around the world, and foster university student leadership. The program is supported by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s GeoCenter and co-founded by Texas Tech University, George Washington University and West Virginia University.   www.youthmappers.org

Rafael Moreno, Ph.D.
Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado Denver
Office: North Classroom 3524, Auraria Campus
Campus Box 172
1200 Larimer Street NC 3524
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-315-7556
Fax 303-556-6197
Website: https://clas.ucdenver.edu/directory/faculty-staff/Rafael-Moreno

(posted Jan. 25, 2018)

Apr 192017

I am teaching a webinar later this month through the Colorado Alliance on Environmental Education on citizen science – specifically, collecting, analyzing, and mapping your citizen science data – free and open to all.  If you know some educators, in particular, who you have been trying to nudge into the world of collecting and mapping field data, including crowdsourced data, please read on.


Collecting, Analyzing, and Mapping your Citizen Science Data
Wednesday, 26 April 2017  3:00-4:00p.m.  Mountain Time

The advent of web mapping and data collection technologies opens up new ways that educators and students can contribute data to the citizen science community.  Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we cover some of the easiest-to-use and most powerful of these methods, including Snap2Map, Story Maps, iNaturalist, and Survey123, which enable field data on invasive plant species, weather, water quality, birds, urban infrastructure conditions, and other data to be displayed and able to be analyzed spatially on interactive, multimedia web maps.  You will be empowered and confident that you can use these tools in an educational environment.
Contact Phone: 303-273-9527    Email: info @ caee.org   Continue reading »

Apr 192017

April and May GeoBytes Webinars schedule:

Date: 04/14/2017
Title:  Grass GIS – A point Cloud Evaluation Resources 
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7097060966402901507
Webinar ID: 851-024-747

Date: 04/21/2017
Title:  Using ASPRS Open Aerial Data Catalog
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5687339722516700420
Webinar ID: 942-747-811

Date: 05/12/2017
Title:  Recent developments in 3D city modelling
Webinar ID: 851-697-115

Date: 05/26/2017
Title:  The Importance of Geospatial Information for Smart Cities
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8596628799176454913
Webinar ID: 246-192-691

David Alvarez

Feb 042017

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (31 January 2017)


Latest Images:

* The Curious Incident of Snow in The Netherlands


* Camp Century: Put on Ice, But Only for So Long


* Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho


* The Desert Express


* Fissure Eruptions on Erta Ale


* The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa


* First Light from GOES-16


* Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains



Recent Blog Posts:


Earth Matters

* In Coastal Peru, Fog Begets Life


* Have Your Satellite Imagery and Eat It, Too!


* Study: Major Middle East Dust Storm in 2015 Was Due to the Weather, Not Human Conflict

A new analysis of satellite suggests the key causes of a major dust storm in 2015 were climate and weather conditions — not the war in Syria.


Notes from the Field

* Science Challenges at Sea: A Plumbing Story



Dec 232016

NORAD is Tracking Santa!
Visit http://www.noradsanta.org/

Why does NORAD track Santa?

Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, NORAD tracks airplanes, missiles, space launches and anything else that flies in or around the North American continent, while also completing some other very important missions. While the tradition of tracking Santa began purely by accident, NORAD continues to track Santa. We’re the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications, and the people to do it. And, we love it! NORAD is honored to be Santa’s official tracker!

The Tradition Lives On …

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey.

In Memory of Retired Colonel Harry Shoup, NORAD’s First Santa Tracker

September 29, 1917 – March 14, 2009


It all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across Canada’s North and Alaska. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole every holiday season. The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we begin to use the same satellites that we use in providing air warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America.


These satellites are located in a geo-synchronous orbit (that’s a cool phrase meaning that the satellite is always fixed over the same spot on the Earth) at 22,300 miles above the Earth. The satellites have infrared sensors, meaning they can see heat. When a rocket or missile is launched, a tremendous amount of heat is produced – enough for the satellites to see them. Rudolph’s nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. The satellites detect Rudolph’s bright red nose with no problem.

Read more at www.noradsanta.org — just click on the NORAD HQ link …

Happy Holidays to all from your ASPRS Rocky Mountain Region!

Jul 012016


September 12–14, 2016
Palm Springs, California

Join the geospatial experts in Palm Springs for our 3rd UAS Symposium for

  1. Three days of interactive discussions
  2. Hands-on workshops on emerging UAS capabilities
  3. Workflows to enhance your integration of UAS technologies
  4. Networking opportunities with key agencies and peers

UAS Mapping 2016 Website



Visit the conference program here to check out PDF slideshows of many of the presentations given at UAS Reno 2015!

Videos of presentations are available to view on the ASPRS YouTube page here

Jul 012016

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (28 June 2016)

Latest Images:

* An Unlikely Eye on Orbiting Objects

* Erskine Fire, California

* A Gap in the Andes

* Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

* Bloom in the Gulf of Alaska

* Imaging a Methane Leak from Space

* Atmosphere Awash with Saharan Dust

* Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica

Recent Blog Posts:

Notes from the Field
* ABoVE and beyond the call of duty: the value of a great field team
NASA’s Earth Observatory
Where every day is Earth day.

Jun 272016

Latest Images: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/

* Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica

* A Day in the East Korea Current

* Bahariya Oasis

* Zion National Park

* Dust Over the Red Sea

* Reservoirs Down in India

* Spring Colors in Lake Erie

* Glacial Change in Montana’s Blackfoot-Jackson Basin

Recent Blog Posts:

Notes from the Field
* ABoVE: Burned boreal forests — Come along to measure carbon


NASA’s Earth Observatory
Where every day is Earth day.

Jun 142016


New Features:

*  National Parks from Space

The U.S. National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016, commemorating 100 years of stewardship of America’s natural and historic treasures. Many of those monuments, scenic rivers, parks, and historic sites are visible from space—where the views are just as compelling.

Latest Images:

* Flooding in France

* Satellite Finds Unreported Sources of Sulfur Dioxide

* Iguazú Falls

* A Satellite Eye on Mount Ruapehu

* Clouds Frame Iceberg A-56

* Floodwaters Inundate Southeastern Texas

* Arabian Peninsula Primed for Rift Valley Fever

* Rio de Janeiro: A Changing City


Recent Blog Posts:


Earth Matters

* Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Water Hyacinth

Notes from the Field

* ABoVE: Burned boreal forest – from detailed field measurements to satellite pixels

* NAAMES-II Expedition: June 3, 2016 BONUS

* NAAMES-II Expedition: June 3, 2016

* NAAMES-II Expedition: June 2, 2016

* Challenge Completed

* NAAMES-II Expedition: June 1, 2016

* NAAMES-II Expedition: May 31, 2016

* Satellites and a Grand Challenge

* Memorial Day On Ice


Feb 042016

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (02 February 2016)


Latest Images:

* Drought in Southern Africa



* Fire Burns in Mumbai Landfill



* Great Salt Lake, Oblique View



* Seeing the Reef for the Corals



* Cold Snap in Asia



* Blizzard Winds Battered East Coast



* A Decade of Change for Nitrogen Dioxide



* All Stirred Up in the Arabian Sea







NASA’s Earth Observatory

Where every day is Earth day.