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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.
Contributed by: Leland Pierce
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.
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.
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this video is pretty compelling.
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.
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.
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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.
This sounds like a pretty cool application.
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.
I came across this article this morning and thought it marks what could be a significant improvement to locating 911 calls indoors.
This is a great article on GoPro, a company that may serve as the champion for UAV innovation and eventual regulation.
This is a great example of a user-friendly app to help citizens answer their own questions regarding what things are happening where.
Dear NSGIC Member,
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.
Curious or Hungry
Connect & Participate
To kick of Geography Awareness Week, here’s an article that highlights some of the discussions related to how our field is changing. I think the challenge of state coordinators is to make our data and our tools applicable to all those interested in our ‘expanding’ field.
The original article calls them drones, but we know better. This is an intriguing concept, but we all know there’s lots of work to do to be able to dispatch anyone (or anything) to where someone in distress is calling from their cell phone.