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Composite Map of the Earth at Night, 2012. Source: NASA.Composite Map of the Earth at Night, 2012. Source: NASA. Click on map for larger image.

New Map of the Earth’s Night Lights

NASA has released an update of its popular Earth at Night composite imagery.  The last global composite of the earth’s night lights was created in 2003.  The latest release of nighttime imagery has been greatly improved through the use of  the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite which was launched in October of […]

GIS Data

Map of 2011 Wind Performance for the United States from 3TIER.Map of 2011 Wind Performance for the United States from 3TIER.

Wind and GIS

GIS  has many applications in wind mapping, analysis and modeling. Geographic data and modeling of wind performance can help site wind turbines.  Study of wind patterns also is used for assessing wind damage potential. The GIS staff at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides both national wind resource assessment of the United States […]

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Weather and GIS

Find weather related geographic data and GIS tools. Google Maps Weather Google Maps has added a weather layer.  The layer shows current weather conditions and short term weather predictions.  To turn the weather layer on, hover over the overview map in the upper righthand corner and select it from the […]

GIS Learning

Sendai (Japan) Earthquake and Tsunami Mapping Response

Sendai (Japan) Earthquake and Tsunami Mapping Response

The 8.9 magnitude Sendai earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan just east of the island of Hoshu today has resulted in a slew of mapping resources to help understand the geography of this natural disaster and coordinate the response. Japan Earthquake Map Viewer – Researchers at Texas Tech’s Center for […]

GIS Software

NOAA Releases Online Mapping Application for Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill

NOAA Releases Online Mapping Application for Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill

NOAA issued a press release today introducing their new online mapping application to provide realtime information about the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil spill. The site integrates the latest data on the oil spill’s trajectory, fishery closed areas, wildlife data and place-based Gulf Coast resources, such as pinpointed locations of oiled […]