January, 2014


Spatial Analysis

Map showing global monthly land surface temperature from Envisat’s AATSR for July 2006. Source: University of Leicester.

Taking the Earth’s Temperatures by Satellite

Just like a physician measures a person’s temperature in order to check his or her health, a new project from the European Space Agency (ESA) hopes to track temperatures of the Earth’s surface by satellite. This project, called GlobTemperature, will be a compilation of data from different satellite sensors that […]

GIS Data

This routing shows a perfect match between the suggested route of the algorithm and the GPS route. The solid line of the GPS route overlaps with the dotted line of the predicted route.

Using Speed Data to Track the Movements of Vehicles

Researchers from Rutgers University have been testing out the theory that speed information matched against road topology provides enough information to be able to figure out a driver’s final location.  The research sprung out of the speed data collected by insurance companies to monitor its customer’s driving habits in order […]

Maps and Cartography

Maps from the 2012 edition of the Atlas of Design.

Submit Your Beautiful Maps

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) has issued a Call for Submissions for the second edition of its Atlas of Design.  Described as a “publication dedicated to honoring beautiful and interesting maps from around the world”, the Atlas of Design was created by the NACIS in order to draw attention […]

Spatial Analysis

Maps show probable relative interactions between leatherback turtles and industrial longline fisheries in the Pacific, over four quarters of the year. - See more at: http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2014/January/Mapping-Leatherback-Turtle-Hotspots/#sthash.0M50rCwc.dpuf

Saving Leatherback Turtles through Maps

Finding a balance between the needs of humans with those of the natural environment has always been a challenge. There is substantial difficulty trying to manage the Earth’s resources – its land, water, plants, and animals – because of many complex problems that arise in doing so. Different groups of […]

GIS Learning

Frequency of the term "geospatial" in publications. Source: Google Ngram Viewer.

What is the Difference Between GIS and Geospatial?

The terms GIS (which most commonly is an acronym for Geographic Information Systems) and geospatial are often used interchangeably.  There are differences in what the terms GIS and geospatial mean. What is GIS? GIS refers to a system where geographic information is stored in layers and integrated with geographic software […]

GIS Software

Esri International Developer Summit Hackathon

From Esri: Esri’s sponsoring another hackathon to see who can build the greatest mapping app in a day. The hackathon will kickoff Esri’s International Developer Summit in Palm Springs. Participation is free. You can participate as an individual or a team. Prizes will be awarded to winners by Esri and hackathon […]