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Official google.org Blog: Seeing the forest through the cloud
In developing this prototype, we've collaborated with Greg Asner of Carnegie Institution for Science, and Carlos Souza of Imazon. Greg and Carlos are both at the cutting edge of forest science and have developed software that creates forest cover and deforestation maps from satellite imagery. Organizations across Latin America use Greg's program, Carnegie Landsat Analysis System (CLASlite), and Carlos' program, Sistema de Alerta de Deforestation (SAD), to analyze forest cover change. However, widespread use of this analysis has been hampered by lack of access to satellite imagery data and computational resources for processing.

What if we could offer scientists and tropical nations access to a high-performance satellite imagery-processing engine running online, in the “Google cloud”? And what if we could gather together all of the earth’s raw satellite imagery data — petabytes of historical, present and future data — and make it easily available on this platform?
environment  google  maps  technology  earth  satellite  remote-sensing  data-processing  gis  geography  deforestation  cloud  collaboration  data  sharing 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The distance puzzle resides in poor economies | vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists
The distance puzzle is the surprising finding that the volume of trade has become increasingly sensitive to distance. This column shows that low-income countries, which increasingly trade with geographically closer partners, drive the finding. This regionalisation of trade for low-income countries may reflect progress – or problems.
distance  economics  geography  poverty 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Exploring the Land of Frigor | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
But exploration … and the obsession that sometimes accompanies, or at least often enables, that kind of successful quest … isn’t limited to geographical challenges. For exploration is a matter of going beyond what is known; stepping out into the void beyond that in the hopes of bringing back new knowledge about what lies there.
exploration  motivation  science  geography  eccentric  goals  psychology  obsession  emotion  creativity  innovation  discovery 
september 2009 by tsuomela
A Small-town or Metro Nation? - Brookings Institution
But the idea that we are a nation of small towns is fundamentally incorrect. The real America isn't found in cities or suburbs or small towns, but in the metropolitan areas or "metros" that bring all these places into economic and social union
geography  america  metropolitan-area  city  urbanism  suburbia  economics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Against Situationism | varnelis.net
Situationism's fatal flaw is that although one of its sources is Leftist thought (admittedly, Communism was hard to avoid in postwar France), its goal was always to valorize individual experience over the collective.
urbanism  geography  architecture  art  culture  history  philosophy  situationism  leftism  politics  urban 
august 2009 by tsuomela
ProFantasy Software - map making for fantasy, modern and SF RPGs, and historical cartographers
ProFantasy Software brings you everything you need to create great maps for your games.
There are symbols and tools for overland maps from all ages, buildings, floorplans, heraldry and many other uses. We help you create more and better maps, more quickly, than any comparable softwar
mapping  maps  geography  computer  software  windows  fantasy  literature  games 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Rise of Megaregions | The American Prospect
The promoters of megaregions and modern rail systems seem to have a winning formula, one that offers a fresh conceptualization of the spatial workings of economic growth and is glamorous and high-tech (not to mention, green). To say the least, this formula is politically convenient, given how well it responds to concerns -- magnified by the recession -- about America's economic future.

The time has come for a closer look.
rail  transportation  development  economics  urban  suburbia  history  politics  skepticism  geography 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Testing Map Warper Beta | VizWorld.com
Map Warper (Beta) into which you can upload a scanned map, georectify it and save it out as an image or a map layer.
map  mapping  software  open-source  gis  geography 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Emotional Cartography - Edited by Christian Nold
Emotional Cartography is a collection of essays from artists, designers, psychogeographers,
cultural researchers, futurologists and neuroscientists, brought together by Christian Nold, to
explore the political, social and cultural implications of visualising intimate biometric data and
emotional experiences using technology.
cartography  geography  experience  emotion  book  online 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Making Maps: DIY Cartography
The book Making Maps by John Krygier and Denis Wood (published by Guilford Press) was written for the Do It Yorself (DIY) cartographer – the student, the new GIS user, the internet user – anyone who wants to make maps that work and look great.
geography  gis  mapping  maps  cartography  weblog-individual 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Where's the remotest place on Earth? - environment - 20 April 2009 - New Scientist
Plotted onto a map, the results throw up surprises. First, less than 10 per cent of the world's land is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city. What's more, many areas considered remote and inaccessible are not as far from civilisation as you might think. In the Amazon, for example, extensive river networks and an increasing number of roads mean that only 20 per cent of the land is more than two days from a city - around the same proportion as Canada's Quebec province.
maps  world  geography  travel  transportation 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Geography Is Destiny - The Atlantic (December 2008)
Europe Between the Oceans, by Barry Cunliffe, Yale
Europe from 9000 B.C. to 1000 A.D.
book  review  history  archaeology  europe  geography  climate 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Pew Research Center: American Mobility: Movers, Stayers, Places and Reasons
As a nation, the United States is often portrayed as restless and rootless. Census data, though, indicate that Americans are settling down. Only 11.9% of Americans changed residences between 2007 and 2008, the smallest share since the government began tracking this trend in the late 1940s.
demography  america  movement  location  geography  history  statistics  survey  income  income-distribution 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Sprawl, Spatial Location, and Politics: How Ideological Identification Tracks the Built Environment -- Williamson, 10.1177/1532673X08318589 -- American Politics Research
This study explores how spatial characteristics commonly associated with suburban sprawl (including density, reliance on the automobile, neighborhood age, and commuting patterns) help predict voting patterns and individual ideological orientation.
research  urban  development  suburbia  politics  political-science  ideology  geography 
november 2008 by tsuomela
Language Log » David Brooks, Social Psychologist
Nice review of research on geographic differences in word-sorting and mental categories. Mentions the research of Richard Nisbett, The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently and Why.
culture  geography  east-west  academic  review  america  asia 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Google Earth Community: Viewing forum: History Illustrated (Moderated)
BBS site for maps of historical locations/events put into Google Earth.
google-earth  gis  geography  history  kml 
june 2008 by tsuomela
NACIS: Welcome to NACIS.org | HOME
The North American Cartographic Information Society, founded in 1980, is an organization comprised of specialists from private, academic, and government organizations whose common interest lies in facilitating communication in the map information communit
professional-association  geography  gis  cartography  maps 
april 2008 by tsuomela
TwitterLocal
TwitterLocal lets you generate an RSS or XML Feed to filter out Tweets around a certain area.
twitter  tool  local  geography 
april 2008 by tsuomela
UM Spatial Analysis and GIS
UMich certificate program in GIS and spatial analysis.
umich  academic  certificates  graduate  gis  geography 
september 2005 by tsuomela
MAKE: Blog: HOW TO GPS Tag Photos: Flickr, Mappr, Google Earth....
Good instructions on tagging photos with geographic information.
gps  maps  geography  photography  metadata  tags 
july 2005 by tsuomela
Welcome to EOGEO — EOGEO
Delivering gis tech to civil society.
gis  geography  open-source 
july 2005 by tsuomela
Congressional Quarterly: Suburbs
Article on changing politics in suburbia.
politics  maps  geography  suburbia 
june 2005 by tsuomela

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