30 March 2015

Atlanta vs. Barcelona

This CityLab article by Tanvi Misra includes a graphic comparison of Atlanta vs. Barcelona. The article cites a new report that shows how sprawl is costing America, "Together these outcomes create social costs that amount to $626 billion a year for people living in sprawling areas and $400 billion for those outside of them, the report estimates."

Newark's cherry trees

Branch Brook Park has an amazing collection of 4,300 flowering cherry trees that are about to bloom. Why drive to DC to see the cherry blossoms on the tidal basin when you can see this incredible collection here?

But 4,300 trees don't prune themselves, and this is a county park. So Rutgers has found a way to lend support and make one of New Jersey's landmarks look as grand as possible this spring. Read the feature in Rutgers Today.

26 March 2015

Haven't you earned a reward?

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25 March 2015

Senate geospatial data bill

What is the Federal role for geospatial data? The US Senate has before it a bill that addresses just that question. S-740 is the US Geospatial Data Act of 2015. As Congressional regulars know, these sorts of things take all sorts of unusual paths, so the success or failure of this bill is not the only thing to watch. And there may be forces behind the scenes that will cause this to move in an unusual direction. However, it is exciting to see geospatial and the NSDI getting some attention. Maybe this will be the little step that we need.

24 March 2015

Desert city art

In a studio that sounds fascinating, Sherri Bruggeemann's students designed a system for public art in an uninhabited city that someone else proposed. Bruggemann has been an outspoken advocate for public art, but arrangements for unbuilt cities seems like a new step.

23 March 2015

Suitability analysis notes

Here are the old handwritten Suitability Analysis notes from when Steve Strom used these techniques in his studio. This four page set of Suitability Analysis notes is online now as a PDF. His description of weighted analysis lacks a graphic, so I created a digital version of both some of his graphics and a new Weight and Rate graphic that should help you work through it all as you look ahead to our next exam:To be clear, each grid shows the very same piece of land but being rated for a different issue (soils, slope, vegetation). Presumably that is fairly objective. But each individual criterion is then weighted based on relative importance. In this case, Slope has rather subjectively been weighted as 5 times more important that Vegetation. If you click on my graphic it will enlarge and be more readable.


Are you enjoying the Fundamentals of Environmental Geomatics and want a little more?  The Penn State Maps and Geospatial Revolution MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is beginning this week.  Sign up here: https://www.coursera.org/course/maps    The last few runs of the class already attracted 75,000 students to participate.

"Dr Anthony Robinson is the wonderfully witty and knowledgeable instructor.    The course focuses on the importance of maps in society and how they are revolutionary, and how maps can help us make better decisions and make the world a better place.  There are plenty of hands-on activities each week as well as networking/discussion opportunities, and rich and engaging text and video content.  The course runs from 25 March to 5 May 2015."


22 March 2015

World Water Day

March 22nd is World Water Day. Saving water can save lives.
Is it a coincidence that World Water Day falls in the month of March? There is a well known bossa nova song by Antonio Carlos Jobim called the Waters of March. Here are a couple lines:

And the river bank talks of the waters of March
It's the end of all strain, it's the joy in your heart
Short of a kayak outing or a hike to Buttermilk Falls, the song seems like a decent way to celebrate the holiday. Enjoy.