UN Resolution on Geospatial

The UN passed its first resolution regarding geospatial data:


Sophisticated Resilience Model in Development in Colorado

Backed by a $20 million grant announced this week from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Community Resilience Center of Excellence is being established at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. [PRESS RELEASE]

The Community Resilience Center of Excellence will focus on development of FREE tools to support community disaster resilience. The center will work on developing integrated, systems-based computational models to assess community infrastructure resilience and guide community-level resilience investment decisions. The center also will develop a data management infrastructure, as well as tools and best practices to improve the collection of disaster and resilience data. For more information on NIST’s programs click HERE.

These efforts will build a sophisticated computer model that will offer a look down to the minute details at just how communities may withstand – or crumble under – perils like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and other catastrophic risks.  Additionally, the City of Boulder Colorado’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer, Gregory Guibert indicated that Boulder, as a 100 Resilient City, will serve as a future test bed and living lab as they develop the models.


The City of Boulder is one of the first 32 cities chosen to participate in 100 Resilient Cities. The program, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, is funding 100 chief resilience officers in selected cities worldwide. These officers are working together — and with their communities — to build resilience. For more information about Boulder’s 100 Resilient City efforts:



Mid-Year Meeting - You Were Missed

Our Mid-Year meeting wrapped up this week, and despite bad weather many of our members made the trek.  My regret for the week is that you were not there.  I missed you.

Shelby Johnson,  Arkansas GIO & NSGIC President

Shelby Johnson, Arkansas GIO & NSGIC President

Our attendees were treated to another good lineup of speakers, federal agencies, sponsor updates, and opportunities to share with each other.  I wrote a quote down from Sandy Dyre of Arizona.  Sandy said, “My benefit at NSGIC is your wisdom.”  Sandy’s pretty wise, and don’t be fooled, she’s a wealth of experience on 9-1-1 geospatial issues.   Diversity is one of my most favorite things about our organization; that and the fact that all of our attendees care so much about GIS coordination in our respective states.

Another big treat was the industry insider information that always seems to unfold at our meetings.  Just when you think you know everything, someone develops new technology, techniques, or systems and our sponsors are the best at teaching us about these important developments.  I won’t try to tell you what all I learned, but to be sure, if you were not there you missed out.

There’s three more things you missed:

I missed you, and hope to see you in Kansas City.


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.


Resiliency Task Force Meeting 2-25-15



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.


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.


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.


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.


This video is public domain and can be downloaded at:

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.


DriveDecisions for City Government Open Data

This sounds like a pretty cool application.


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.


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.