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Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Improving Global Carbon Estimates with LiDAR

International efforts to mitigate climate change hinge on limiting global anthropogenic CO2 emissions. About 12 percent of these emissions are due to deforestation and forest degradation, mostly in developing countries. To limit forest emissions, in 2008 the United Nations launched its Collaborative Program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). Building

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Do We Still Need Geospatial Standards?

Since 1994, I have participated in, facilitated, and lead a variety of standards activities. I have helped develop standards in the OGC, OASIS, ISO, OMA, IETF, W3C – the list goes on. Given this commitment to the standards world, you might think that I have a strong bias toward the status-quo for standards development and

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Technology Intersection – Geospatial Strategies for Insight from Big Data

Sensing technologies are producing unprecedented amounts of data about the environment and the digital world. The current question is: how can we gain true insight from all the available measurements? Industries are orienting development towards new systems built around higher requirements of performance and scale. Effective storage is an important precondition for big data analytics,

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Saving and Using the Geodetic Control Infrastructure

GIS professionals familiar with the National Spatial Data Infrastructure’s seven Framework Data Layers know that these are just the beginning of a multitude of layers and themes compiled to build effective GIS databases.  Many states have plans for additional statewide framework layers to supplement the Federal NSDI.  California has prioritized eleven.  These map-data layers are

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Helping Automated Generalisation Come of Age

Traditionally maps were produced using a long and detailed process, which would start at the initial data collection stage and run through to the final creation and printing of a map. However, different map series would often have their own data collection processes. This would mean that small scale maps could be partly derived from

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The 3D Revolution Will Be Visualized

  Young people get it. They know where we are heading, and they are excited about what’s on the horizon. I’m not talking about the future in general. I’m actually talking about geospatial technology specifically. Kids intuitively understand the potential for geospatial technology as well as any expert in our industry with 20 or 30

Monday, February 24th, 2014

UAS for Agriculture, Ready for Take-off

  Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have recently become ubiquitous in the mass media and in trade publications, due to a variety of factors that include : international controversy over their military use by the United States against targets in Pakistan; domestic concerns about potential privacy violations; the development of ever cheaper and more capable systems; congressional

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

GeoDesign to Factor Ecosystem Services

The GeoDesign Summit took place from Jan. 27 through 30 in Redlands, Calif. at the Esri headquarters campus with a record audience of more than 300 attendees from 19 countries and 33 states. The movement for geodesign continues to capture interest as the future of practice, with more undergraduate planning and design programs labeled as

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Technology Intersection: Technological Crises Shed Light on World Systems

  Recent world events that started as technological glitches or dysfunctions have become major objects of debate in politics, geopolitics and the economy. It is useful to consider geotechnology as a tool which enables key players’ strategic decisions based on geospatial knowledge. However, in the unpredictable game of world situations, geotechnology appears as an independent

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The Rise of the [Geospatial] Machines Part 3: New Opportunities in the Coming Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Age

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are advanced robots that will empower many citizens and professionals. In a report published by the McKinsey Global Institute, it is estimated that a potential economic impact of $14 – $33 trillion a year by 2025 from the 12 technologies discussed. One of those technologies is advanced robotics: robots with enhanced

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