February, 2014

Maps and Cartography

Hyperlocal Mapping in Syria

Hyperlocal Mapping in Syria

A brand new start up, First Mile Geo, which specializes in developing GIS tools for research in developing countries, has helped analyze and map out the Syrian conflict at the neighborhood level in the country’s largest city, Aleppo.  In order to create a report commissioned by the American Security Project, Caerus Associates, […]

Spatial Analysis

Figure 1a: WorldView-1 animated GIF of two captures, one from early June and one from Late August. Although there is contrast between the brightness of the images, the portion to note is the increase in shadow lengths.}

The Rainforest Magician – Optical Illusions and the Spectra of the Canopy

Cameron Windham from Apollo Mapping discusses the the findings of a recent paper published in Nature about a sun-sensor geometry arrangement being the cause for historically high readings of green-ness in the rainforest canopy.

Spatial Analysis

Example of kriging: an interpolated surface based on data points.

Danie Krige and Kriging

Throughout his life, Daniel Gerhardus Krige (1919 – 2013) conducted much research into mining and mining engineering. His research led to the creation of the spatial interpolation method known as kriging. This article provides a biography of a Danie Krige, and presents a short overview of geostatistics and kriging.

GIS Career and Jobs


“Interoperability” for the Surveying Profession

Gavin Schrock, PLS, the editor of Professional Surveyor Magazine, writes about the surveying field changing in the face of the rising popularity of GIS and other geospatial technologies.  Schrock also introduces a new publication launching in June of 2014 called xyHt, which has a goal, in part, to try and get the surveying […]

Spatial Analysis

Floating ice (light blue) and grounded ice (dark blue) in lakes of Alaska’s North Slope near Barrow, as seen by ESA’s ERS-2 satellite in 2011.

Satellites Show the Thinning of Alaskan Ice

In general, climate change is a term that refers to the significant transformations in global weather patterns over an extended period of time. It is now widely understood and accepted that the increased use of fossil fuels have been contributing to this for the last several decades. One of the […]