Jun 192015

I found this link in my Facebook feed. I thought there might be some fellow wine enthusiasts who would enjoy this particular webmap.  Maybe it might help solidify some long weekend plans …     😉


Carolyn Fritz
GIS Coordinator
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(posted to GISCO list 5/18/2015)

Apr 012015

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (31 March 2015)

Tournament Earth 2015: The Finals

The championship round of the 2015 tournament has arrived! Which image deserves the crown? The colorful faults in Xinjiang or lightning over Saudi Arabia and Kuwait? Vote for your favorite by Friday at 4 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. UTC) and then check back next Monday when we reveal the winner.


New Features:

* Big Data Helps Scientists Dig Deeper

Empowered by free access to the Landsat data archive, earth scientists are using new computing tools to ask questions that were impossible to answer a decade ago. From week-to-week fluctuations in forests to year-to-year changes in land cover, researchers can now examine our planet in much greater detail.

Mar 142015

Tournament: Earth : 2015

They face off on the frozen tundra and in the searing deserts. They meet high in the stratosphere and in the depths of the ocean. They clash on the remotest of islands and in the brightly-lit urban centers. They are the best and brightest of Earth’s stars, and they meet again in friendly international competition.

Thirty-two of the best Earth Observatory images will meet in Tournament Earth 3.0, but only one can be the winner. From March 2 through April 6, you can vote for your favorite images from the past year, whittling the total from 32 to 16 to 8 to 4 to 2 in a month-long tournament of remote sensing madness. The competition will be stiff in the four brackets — Data, Art, Event, and Photograph — so it is up to you to separate the winners from the losers. Come back each week to vote in each new round.

After destroying the competition in our first two Tournament Earth competitions, the Canary Islands have retired. Help us pick the new Tournament Earth champion.

Download the Matchups for printing (PDF)

(Mar. 11)

Mar 142015

Finally! If you are planning on using unmanned aircraft for your GIS data capture, you now have options!

There are two ways you may fly unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes, legally and within the National Airspace System (NAS).

  1. Obtain a waiver from the FAA. We can help; for more information (http://aerialdatasystems.com/uas-section333/).
  2. In about 12-18 months you will be able to take an Airmen Knowledge Test (AKT) to get certified. This was published within the recent NPRM. To ensure this goes the right way for the GIS community take the time to comment. For more information (http://aerialdatasystems.com/uas-training/).

The FAA recently released their UAS proposed rules. Personally I was pleasantly surprised and believe that they will, for the most part, work well for the GIS community. To find out more and comment on the new proposed rules, visit (http://aerialdatasystems.com/faa-uas-nprm/).

It has been a few weeks since the outcome of HB115 and SB059 in Colorado. Fortunately the bill, SB059, was struck and did not make it to the senate floor. HB1115 was written in a technological agnostic way so as not to affect GIS work using UAS.  So make a mark in the ‘W’ column for GIS.
Things are shaping up for GIS and UAS!

Joe Falconer MBA, CFI, CFII, MEI
CEO, Adjunct Professor, University of Denver
UAS for GIS Professionals
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(Mar. 10)

Feb 062015

TED Talk – how GPS satellites keep exact time …

Interesting and potentially useful resource for those of you in spatial educational endeavours …


Aside – the throw away line about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity? If you were not aware, HERE is a lovely example of how what is seen by most as ‘esoteric science’ is actually used in a pragmatic way by pretty much all of us every day with our GPSes in survey equipment, smart phones, etc.  — Continue reading »

Jun 272014

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (24 June 2014)

New Features:

* A Clearer View of Hazy Skies
Industrialization has brought incredible societal advances and difficult pollution problems. From space, we can see skies clearing in some regions and darkening in others. The thin blue line of our atmosphere is still quite vulnerable.


Latest Images:

* Potash Mine Near Moab, Utah

* Glaciar San Quintín, Chilé

* Night Colors over Russia

* Asian Heatwave Precedes Monsoon

* Barkol Lake, Xinjiang

* Mudslide Near Collbran, Colorado

* Curving Cloud Streets in Brazil

* The Loop

Recent Blog Posts:

Earth Matters
* June Puzzler

(June 26)

Jun 202014

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (17 June 2014)
Latest Images:

* The Loop

* Dust over Oman

* National Stadium of Brasília

* Floods in Southern Brazil

* Tropical Cyclone Cristina

* Brazil at Night

* Swimming with Ice Cubes

* Retreat of Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland

Recent Blog Posts:

Earth Matters
* Earth Science In the News

Jun 132014

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (10 June 2014)
Latest Images:

* Retreat of Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland

* Two Bulls Fire, Oregon

* New York City

* Arctic Ozone in Spring

* The Aleutian Islands

* Canyonlands’ Grabens

* Winter Fog Becoming Rare in California

* Taking the Temperature of the Hurricane Pool

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