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I am seriously considering stringing for Al Jazeera after my USAID adaptation contract is up. They are, by far in my opinion, leading the world in media, journalism, investigations, and “tone.”

It’s in French. Sorry! Still worth downloading. Shows rapid (rabid) deforestation across Madagascar by district. It’s a GIS analysis with data sets described. Originally slated for REDD+ baseline, the study evolved into a deforestation research project.

Madagascar was among the last pristine places on the planet. Not any more. The island is being bulldozed and sold off to aggressive companies who are scraping up rainforests to mine for gold, metals, minerals, timber, etc. So, basically, it seems to me, the above excellent report is nothing more than a historic record rather than a policy development piece. 

Free weather data from aWeather. Covers West and East Africa and South Asia. US and Canada available for purchase. Extent is high resolution (9km x 9km) for past 10 years. It’s web-based, so no software needed. Good tool if you’re into climate data and modeling. 

Climate change adaptation and spatial planning in the Alpine regions of Europe.

CLISP is a European project funded by the Alpine Space Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation 2007-2013. For more information visit:

CLISP is focused on the challenges to spatial planning in the face of climate change and shall contribute to climate change adaptation by providing climate-proof spatial planning solutions. CLISP is committed to positioning spatial planning as a key player for future sustainable development under the adversities of climate change.

Current wildfire and wind condition map. Includes crowdsourced pictures and videos from flickr and youtube.

Good link to book mark.

Landstat 8 is launching this week. The stakes are very high because Landstat 7 is running out of fuel, and could possibly go offline. Landstat 8 will provide higher resolution images of the earth. The satellite project has provided scientists, researchers, private businesses, and governments with incredible wealth of data.

Landsat data has become a fundamental data source for addressing basic science questions. It is a valuable resource for decision makers in the fields of agriculture, forestry, land use, water resources and natural resource exploration.

Landsat has also played an increasing role in diverse applications such as human population census, growth of global urbanization and deletion of coastal wetlands.

As human populations increasingly dominate the Earth’s land areas, understanding changes in land cover and land use from year to year becomes increasingly important for both decision makers and human occupants of the Earth.

I’ll be writing more about Landstat over the coming months. It is one of the most important systems in shaping climate adaptation policy and other environmental decision making.

You can read the history of Landstat at NASA.

More on the new launch, via Wired.


Oh Mercator Projection, Let Me Count The Ways I Hate You!

I remember this episode. So good (and I love-hate GIS).

Wildlife photography just got amped-up to 11. A clever researcher from University of North Carolina created an amazing 3D map of a bat cave with special thermal cameras and laser scanners. The result is a 3D model of the environment, even when there is no light.

Bat biologist Nickolay Hristov, of UNC’s Center for Design Innovation and Winston-Salem State University, develops new techniques for filming and visualizing bats and the caves they occupy. Some of the tools in his kit include a long-range laser scanner—for modelling bat cave morphology—and portable thermal cameras—to capture bat-life when the lights are off.

US Army Corps of Engineers levee database

Infrastructure boner! Includes census data, streamgages, FEMA flood maps, political districts, population densities, USGS quads, precipitation over time(!), even weather - oh man, this is fantastic and now I won’t be able to get work done…  

This must have taken a LOT of work. Man I hate/love/hate GIS.


More beauty from Bostonography: an exploration of Cambridge street names. Click through for the full set of maps.

(via ilovecharts)

Would like to see who uses it, and how.


reblogged via californiawatch:

Ever wonder just how hot it’s going to get in your town if the climate changes as scientists predict? Or whether your beachfront house is going to be underwater if sea levels rise?

The answers to those questions – and more – can now be accessed through a nifty interactive Internet tool designed by Google, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey, several California universities and others.

Read more

TURTLE NESTING MAP! From the stunning (STUNNING!) report, State of theWorld’s Sea Turtles. Many amazing photographs of sea turtles. Lots of GIS maps. Chock full of articles covering everything from the Gulf oil leak, climate impacts, egg saving programs, etc. GO NOW! 


Where The Turtles Are

Groundbreaking! Or should I say Oceanbreaking?

Scientists and volunteers from around the world have pooled together data of the green turtle and its nesting sites over a seven year stint. It displays a whopping 1,167 nest sites! 

The map lists key nesting sites of the endangered sea turtle and landed the top prize in conservation mapping for 2011. Rightly so! It’s pretty tricky trying to save something you don’t know much about, and elusive sea turtles are shrouded in mystery. 

For the full article, please click here!