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GIS Data

Geography of Ancestry

Geography of Ancestry

What’s your geographic ancestral origin?  A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have created a method for more precisely pinpointing the geographic origin of a person’s ancestry by developing an understanding of the spatial diversity of genes. Single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, […]

GIS Learning

Using GIS to Pinpoint Osama bin Laden

So, was this paper from 2009 right in pinpointing the location of Osama bin Laden?  The paper predicted that Osama bin Laden could be found in “one of three buildings in the northwest Pakistan town of Parachinar.”  The predicted location was ultimately located 500 km (~310 miles) from the actual […]

Spatial Analysis

Remote-Sensing Technologies

Remote-Sensing Technologies

Remotely-sensed imagery from aircraft and satellites represent one of the fastest-growing sources for raster GIS data. While remote-sensing technology has been around for decades, recent technological advances and legislative changes have led to an dramatic increase in the types of imagery available. In the U.S., due to recent legislative changes […]