31 May 2017

Landscape Project 3.3

If you want to understand ecological landscapes in New Jersey, one of the important tools you need to be using is the data/information from the NJDEP's Landscape Project. The new version (3.3) of the Landscape Project has been released, and you'll want to check it out for any regional habitat or wildlife studies.

23 May 2017

Iowa Data Bike

In GIS we know about data banks. But maybe it is time get to know the data bike. It will help collect data and even images that can be posted on Google Street View.

18 May 2017

Mapping the moving forest

 Climate change should cause tree species to move North, right? Well, it seems that (by one measure) they are moving West more than North. The Atlantic has a fascinating report that includes a killer map.

02 May 2017

Source code

At Rutgers we are currently celebrating Reading Days. For those looking for something short to read, these histories of NYC zoning would be a great investment of a few minutes of your time.

For starters, the Institute of Public Administration at Baruch has posted a helpful overview of the history. New York City has an official page on city planning and the historic 1916 zoning code. The trigger for the whole thing was the Equitable Building, as explained by the Gotham Observer.

But if you get hooked, the original code is online from NYC Planning.

Most visitors will agree, the city has turned out alright.


Even though they are mostly dealing with things like depleted uranium, the Argonne National Lab has a nice explanation of Environmental Impact Statements and the EIS process.

The PDF of a DEIS is available for the expansion of a marine sanctuary. The carefully crafted graphics make it clear that the document was meant for a broad public audience.