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.
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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

February 13 – 15, 2017
Denver, Colorado

International LiDAR Mapping Forum is less than two weeks away. Miss it and miss out on the opportunity of the year to educate yourself on the hottest topics in aerial mapping, including:
• Linear LiDAR Vs. GML/SPL…differences and pros/cons of each
• Considerations for using manned vs. unmanned platforms
• Photogrammetry, including Structure from Motion (SfM)
• Multi-sensor fusion (e.g., LiDAR and Differential Image Motion (DIM))
• Feature extraction, including Dense Image Matching (DIM) – enabling the automatic extraction of 3D urban models, as from airborne oblique imagery
• Leveraging geospatial metadata (including maps, GIS files, imagery, and other location-based data resources)
• Bathy lidar and topobathy
• And much more! View the full conference program here.

More information can be found at:  http://www.lidarmap.org/


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!

Oct 122016

The Geospatial Centroid at CSU is offering an Introduction to Python for ArcGIS workshop

This 8-hour workshop, delivered in 2 afternoon sessions, will be held:
Friday Oct. 21 & 28, 1 – 5 pm
in the CSU Morgan Library, Classroom 174, Fort Collins

Open to all: Students: $90; CSU staff/faculty: $120; non-CSU participants: $150

Proficiency with ArcGIS is necessary, but programming experience is not required for this intro level workshop which covers:

  • Python syntax basics
  • Writing, editing, and running geoprocessing scripts in Python for ArcGIS 10.4
  • Use of Python scripts for automating GIS workflows
  • Determining properties of spatial data
  • Updating attribute info
  • Creating an ArcGIS Toolbox to manage and share scripts
  • In-class demos, hands-on exercises, and challenges will be provided to reinforce the skills you learn

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Oct 122016

Remote Sensing of Vegetation

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11:00-3:00 pm MDT

Instructor: Charles E. Olson, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources
University of Michigan

Description: A review of how remote sensing is used to inventory vegetation, based on answers to these questions:

  1. What do we mean by “vegetation?”
  2. Why do we care about it?
  3. What is there about it that makes it detectable with remote sensors?

Member Price: $300
Nonmember Price: $400
Students (member or non-member): $100

Click here to register

Sep 212016

Join us September 21 & 22 in Denver, Colorado for the best GIS in the Rockies to date – offering outstanding professional workshops and presentations, networking, exhibitors, Career Development Academy, social events and more.



Scavenger Hunt
– National Geographic Giant Traveling Map
– Field
Data Collection Tools Demo
  – Advanced OpenStreetMap (mini workshop)*
– The National Map Corps (map-a-thon)*
* These events have limited space. If you wish to attend either, we suggest registering for it when you register for the conference.

Matt Sheehan Founder, Principal and Senior GIS Developer at WebMapSolutions & prolific blogger
Brian Timoney, owner of The Timoney Group, & Colorado geospatial fixture

CAREER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMYInterview Skills / Resume Building Workshop, Mock Interviews, Career Topic Roundtables, University & GIS Society Booths, etc.


PRE-CONFERENCE PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS (TUE, 9/20) – Stay on top of ever-changing technology!



Sep 212016

Remember that Abstracts for IGTF 2017 are due September 26th! 

Submit Abstracts

  • GIS Division is especially interested in Big Data/Visualization abstracts to fulfill session needs, so please consider submitting your abstract today and encourage colleagues and friends to do the same!
  • You do not need to be a member of ASPRS to submit an abstract.

Many other topics of interest to the GIS Division and the conference as a whole:

Topical Areas
Smart Cities
Geospatial Data Standards
Meta data standards
Natural Resource Management
Big Data Domain Processing Algorithms
Disaster Management
Decision Making Based Data Set Information
Marine and
Aquatic Applications
Water Quality and Water Quantity
Emerging Application Topics
Pervasive Sensors
Climate Change
Web-based open source geospatial
analysis tools
Augmented Reality (computer generated sensory input) in real-world environment
Cyber and Homeland Security concerns for geospatial data
Rapid response systems for disaster management

Jul 192016

After running the LIVE Geodesy Course for over 10 years (and presently having 7 students) I am now launching a Pay-Per-View (or Video-On-Demand) version (pre-recorded) for those professionals with difficult schedules or at international locations.

To learn more, go to  http://geocounsel.com/VOD.html or  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/geodesyenglish .

Harold Schuch PE, LSI, Certified Photogrammetrist
Littleton, CO

(July 12)

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