Sentinel-2 is similar to Landsat with additional capabilities

There is an interesting article at http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31602534 about the Sentinel-2 satellite launch scheduled for June 12th.  This ‘bird’ flying out of Europe will provide some continuity with the Landsat mission, but it has additional multispectral bands, a much wider swath, and higher resolution color.

Civic Hackers Improve on MTA Bus Route app

This is timely given our discussions at the mid-year conference on open data and transportation data.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/02/bus-pass-civic-hackers-open-transit-data-mta-said-would-cost-too-much-to-share/

Resiliency Task Force Meeting 2-25-15

ResiliencySlide

DOWNLOAD SLIDES HERE

2015 NSGIC MidYear – Resiliency Task Force Meeting 2-25-2015

 

Chrome mapping experiments

While this type of mapping may not be very useful for us at a state level, it is really cool how they’re visualizing the variety of datasets.  My favorite is the world elevation map.

http://www.chromeexperiments.com/globe

Climate-Smart Conservation Guide

Contributed by:  Leland Pierce
NM Geospatial Advisory Committee
NM Geographic Information Council
National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

This guidance document is the product of an expert workgroup on climate-smart conservation convened by the National Wildlife Federation.  Climate change already is having significant impacts on the nation’s species and ecosystems, and these effects are projected to increase considerably over time.  As a result, climate change is now a primary lens through which conservation and natural resource management must be viewed. How should we prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change on wildlife and their habitats? What should we be doing differently in light of these climatic shifts, and what actions continue to make sense?  Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice offers guidance for designing and carrying out conservation in the face of a rapidly changing climate.

A pdf of this full report is available HERE.

climate report

 

COGO Issues Report Card for the NSDI

NSGIC is a charter member of Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) and, with the twelve other member organizations, we supported the release of the Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure. We are hopeful that the Report Card and other impending developments will result in some much needed attention for the issues that have slowed the development of the NSDI. Those issues include the FGDC’s lack of authority over Federal agencies, no clear mandate for building the NSDI, no Congressional oversight, the lack of sufficient stakeholder involvement, and insufficient resourcing to build the NSDI. The report card is one more step toward our nation recognizing the need for a National Spatial Data Infrastructure. You are encouraged to read this document and engage in the dialog that will begin at our Midyear Meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, on February 24th.

UAV flown over Auschwitz

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this video is pretty compelling.

http://mic.com/articles/109222/the-bbc-flew-a-drone-over-auschwitz-and-the-result-is-haunting

2014 Continues Long-Term Global Warming

NASA:  Published on Jan 16, 2015

The year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists.
NASA Global Warming
This video shows a time series of five-year global temperature averages, mapped from 1880 to 2014, as estimated by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

http://youtu.be/WtPkFBbJLMg

While scientists expect temperatures to fluctuate from year to year, the average temperature of the planet as a whole has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius) since 1880. This trend is largely driven by increasing human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The GISS analysis incorporates temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based ocean temperature readings and data from Antarctic research stations. These measurements are plugged into an algorithm that then estimates average global temperature. The computer code for this process is freely available for download from the GISS web site.

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/januar…

This video is public domain and can be downloaded at:
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/deta…

US Population Trends

I love these maps that change through time!  This is a neat application showing how US population has changed in states since the late 1700’s.

http://www.ravi.io/us-population-trends-cartogram  

DriveDecisions for City Government Open Data

This sounds like a pretty cool application.

http://www.govtech.com/data/Open-Data-Visualization-Tool-Challenges-Traditional-GIS.html

Visualization of what sea level rise looks like

I saw this article and thought it would be pertinent to our new effort to look at resiliency.  GIS will play a big role in helping the public understand what those changes in sea level will look like.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/09/what-the-west-coast-would-look-like-under-260-feet-of-sea-level-rise/?wpisrc=nl-wnkpm&wpmm=1

NENA works with wireless carriers to enhance locating 911 calls

I came across this article this morning and thought it marks what could be a significant improvement to locating 911 calls indoors.

http://urgentcomm.com/nena/nena-officials-explain-key-details-wireless-911-location-accord-carriers?page=1

UAV Innovation Champion

This is a great article on GoPro, a company that may serve as the champion for UAV innovation and eventual regulation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/12/05/if-gopro-gets-into-consumer-drones-the-industry-could-finally-have-the-innovation-champion-it-needs/?wpisrc=nl-inn&wpmm=1

Palo Alto Uses GIS Permitting App

This is a great example of a user-friendly app to help citizens answer their own questions regarding what things are happening where.

http://www.govtech.com/applications/Palo-Alto-Maps-Planning-Permits-and-Construction-Activity.html

NSGIC President Update

Dear NSGIC Member,

Shelby Johnson,  Arkansas GIO & NSGIC President

Shelby Johnson, Arkansas GIO & NSGIC President

It dawned on me today I have not communicated much with all our members since assuming the Presidential role. I wanted to take a minute to share a few thoughts. Some of these are my way of thinking about how NSGIC works and where we stand. I’ll try to be brief.

Elected Servants
NSGIC has a proven leadership system in place. The organization has a President-Elect, a President and Out-Going President. The result, is a nearly seamless transition from year to year, and the passage of institutional knowledge about the organization works extremely well. I’ve been blessed to serve alongside very capable leadership from Tim DeTroye, Out-Going, to Kenny Miller who is transitioned to Out-Going, and Chris Diller, as President-Elect. The chemistry we have is excellent, and each other plays off our strengths. We talk about NSGIC nearly every day.

Leaders
NSGIC is led by capable staff at headquarters including Kathy DeMarco, our Association Manager, Diane Schaffer, Director of Meetings, and our DC Liaison, Bill Burgess. On most days, they are operating in the background, and also in the foreground such as when Bill represents NSGIC at formal events.

Think-Tank
NSGIC has an outstanding Board of Directors. These servants are the financial steward and the think-tank of the organization. They do monthly Board meetings where they conduct business, and they are so committed that nearly every Monday, they participate in a Leadership briefing where initiatives become results.

Do-ers!
NSGIC’s Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs are the gears of the engine. They all have missions and are passionate about serving. They strike a balance between their career job and their volunteer job by leading monthly calls, drafting position papers and shepherding their members. They advise the Board and steer on things that need to get done.

Influence
The early years of NSGIC were formative, that’s obvious. But NSGIC’s last decade has been one of influence. On national geospatial activity, NSGIC has been at the table. In several cases NSGIC has led. I would go so far as to say, that State influence on national geospatial policy is at an all-time high.

Curious or Hungry
Here’s an interesting tidbit. NSGIC has nearly 2,300 followers on Twitter which is a very large number compared to our dues paid membership of nearly 400. It makes me think those folks are curious about what we do; or even better, they are hungry for leadership, and understand that NSGIC leads. I may be over inflating our worth but I think it’s the latter.

Connect & Participate
I’d be failing my duty if I did not remind you to participate in our 2015 Mid-Year conference. The call for Abstracts is open and participation is valuable. We are returning to Annapolis, Maryland. The agenda is taking shape and true to our colors there will be focus on national geospatial policy. The details are here: http://www.nsgic.org/2015-midyear-meeting

Thank You
I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve as your President. If you find ways I can serve you better or improve the organization I would sure like to hear from you. Rest-assured the sleeves are rolled up. Things are happening and I will try to do a better job of staying in touch members.