Feb 042017
 

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

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

* The Curious Incident of Snow in The Netherlands

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89560&src=eoa-iotd

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

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89515&src=eoa-iotd

* Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89541&src=eoa-iotd

* The Desert Express

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89530&src=eoa-iotd

* Fissure Eruptions on Erta Ale

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89544&src=eoa-iotd

* The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89535&src=eoa-iotd

* First Light from GOES-16

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89506&src=eoa-iotd

* Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89511&src=eoa-iotd

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Recent Blog Posts:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/

Earth Matters

* In Coastal Peru, Fog Begets Life

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p=6856&src=eoa-blogs

* Have Your Satellite Imagery and Eat It, Too!

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p=6826&src=eoa-blogs

* 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.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p=6768&src=eoa-blogs

Notes from the Field

* Science Challenges at Sea: A Plumbing Story

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=8511&src=eoa-blogs

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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

Radar

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.

Satellites

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
 

SAVE THE DATE! 

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

uasmapping@asprs.org


PROCEEDINGS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UAS MAPPING 2015

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

* An Unlikely Eye on Orbiting Objects
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88275&src=eoa-iotd

* Erskine Fire, California
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88278&src=eoa-iotd

* A Gap in the Andes
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88271&src=eoa-iotd

* Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88256&src=eoa-iotd

* Bloom in the Gulf of Alaska
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88238&src=eoa-iotd

* Imaging a Methane Leak from Space
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88245&src=eoa-iotd

* Atmosphere Awash with Saharan Dust
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88251&src=eoa-iotd

* Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88241&src=eoa-iotd

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Recent Blog Posts:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/

Notes from the Field
* ABoVE and beyond the call of duty: the value of a great field team
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7795&src=eoa-blogs
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NASA’s Earth Observatory
Where every day is Earth day.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

Jun 272016
 

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

* Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88241&src=eoa-iotd

* A Day in the East Korea Current
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88235&src=eoa-iotd

* Bahariya Oasis
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88225&src=eoa-iotd

* Zion National Park
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88228&src=eoa-iotd

* Dust Over the Red Sea
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88211&src=eoa-iotd

* Reservoirs Down in India
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88214&src=eoa-iotd

* Spring Colors in Lake Erie
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88219&src=eoa-iotd

* Glacial Change in Montana’s Blackfoot-Jackson Basin
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88190&src=eoa-iotd

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Recent Blog Posts:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/

Notes from the Field
* ABoVE: Burned boreal forests — Come along to measure carbon
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7787&src=eoa-blogs

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NASA’s Earth Observatory
Where every day is Earth day.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

Jun 142016
 

 

New Features:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/

*  National Parks from Space
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/NationalParks/?src=eoa-features

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

* Flooding in France
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88157&src=eoa-iotd

* Satellite Finds Unreported Sources of Sulfur Dioxide
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88153&src=eoa-iotd

* Iguazú Falls
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88149&src=eoa-iotd

* A Satellite Eye on Mount Ruapehu
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88139&src=eoa-iotd

* Clouds Frame Iceberg A-56
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88136&src=eoa-iotd

* Floodwaters Inundate Southeastern Texas
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88129&src=eoa-iotd

* Arabian Peninsula Primed for Rift Valley Fever
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88125&src=eoa-iotd

* Rio de Janeiro: A Changing City
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=88103&src=eoa-iotd

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Recent Blog Posts:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/

Earth Matters

* Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Water Hyacinth
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p=6130&src=eoa-blogs

Notes from the Field

* ABoVE: Burned boreal forest – from detailed field measurements to satellite pixels
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7748&src=eoa-blogs

* NAAMES-II Expedition: June 3, 2016 BONUS
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7737&src=eoa-blogs

* NAAMES-II Expedition: June 3, 2016
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7733&src=eoa-blogs

* NAAMES-II Expedition: June 2, 2016
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7728&src=eoa-blogs

* Challenge Completed
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7721&src=eoa-blogs

* NAAMES-II Expedition: June 1, 2016
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7714&src=eoa-blogs

* NAAMES-II Expedition: May 31, 2016
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7704&src=eoa-blogs

* Satellites and a Grand Challenge
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7697&src=eoa-blogs

* Memorial Day On Ice
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=7691&src=eoa-blogs

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Feb 042016
 

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

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Latest Images:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/
* Drought in Southern Africa

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87434&src=eoa-iotd

 

* Fire Burns in Mumbai Landfill

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87429&src=eoa-iotd

 

* Great Salt Lake, Oblique View

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87417&src=eoa-iotd

 

* Seeing the Reef for the Corals

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87423&src=eoa-iotd

 

* Cold Snap in Asia

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87420&src=eoa-iotd

 

* Blizzard Winds Battered East Coast

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87409&src=eoa-iotd

 

* A Decade of Change for Nitrogen Dioxide

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87392&src=eoa-iotd

 

* All Stirred Up in the Arabian Sea

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87356&src=eoa-iotd

 

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NASA’s Earth Observatory

Where every day is Earth day.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

Dec 242015
 

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

Radar

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.

Satellites

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!  

Sep 232015
 

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (22 September 2015)
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The Shrinking Aral Sea: Updated for 2015
Over the past 50 years the Aral Sea has been devastated by massive irrigation projects. These images show the decline over the past decade and perhaps even small signs of recovery in 2015.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/aral_sea.php?src=eoa-ann

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

* Wildfire Scars California Towns
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86663&src=eoa-iotd

* Plume from Mount Meru, Tanzania
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86660&src=eoa-iotd

* Great Exuma Island, Bahamas
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86651&src=eoa-iotd

* Snow in the Andes
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86644&src=eoa-iotd

* The Split Personality of SoCal Fires
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86647&src=eoa-iotd

* The West Dries Up
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86632&src=eoa-iotd

* Finding Hidden Shoals on the North Slope
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86610&src=eoa-iotd

* Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Annual Low
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86607&src=eoa-iotd

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Recent Blog Posts:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/

Earth Matters
* September Puzzler
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p=5615&src=eoa-blogs

Notes from the Field
* 18 Days on the Ice
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=6962&src=eoa-blogs

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NASA’s Earth Observatory
Where every day is Earth day.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

To subscribe, e-mail: eo-announce-request@lists.nasa.gov

Aug 072015
 

I recently backed a cool Kickstarter project called Mapwheel, and thought that fellow GIS / mapping people on this list might be interested in it too.

They let you design a custom “toposcope” or map wheel showing the direction and distance of places of interest from the location where you live (or any other location you choose). They then ship you a nicely finished disk made of metal or wood with your design printed on it.

I blogged about it here:
http://smallworldlivelarge.com/2015/07/27/my-mapwheel-story/

The direct Kickstarter link is here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mapwheel/mapwheel-a-toposcope-customised-for-you

I have no affiliation with them, I just think it’s a cool idea and I hope they get their Kickstarter funded!
Cheers,
Peter.
(Posted 8/4/15 on GIS Colorado Listserve)

Jul 242015
 

GIS in the Rockies Pre-Conference Workshop:
UAS and GIS Ground School plus Hands-On UAV Flying and Data Collection

Date: September 21-22, 2015
Time: September 21: 10:00AM-1:00PM,
September 22: 9:00AM-2:00PM
Location: Offsite.
11001 West 120th Ave
Suite 400
Broomfield, CO, 80021

Primary Instructor: Joe Falconer, CEO, Aerial Data Systems
Primary Instructor E-mail: joe@aerialdatasystems.com
Co-Instructor: Steve Hick, GIS Director, University of Denver
Co-Instructor E-mail: steven.hick@du.edu

Ground school and hands-on UAV flying and data collection. UAS has been prolific in the news and is extremely relevant to the GIS professional. Big industry is lining up to do business in this market space, to name a few: Esri, Leica, Trimble, USGS, USDA, BLM, CU, DU more. To be ready for the future and to take advantage of these technological breakthroughs, it is paramount that we all operate legally, safely and respect the national airspace system (NAS).

Some of the Topics Covered:   Continue reading »