Matt Ball — "There are an increasing number of big science ideas for reversing the warming course of our planet, such as massive dumps of iron into the ocean to foster carbon-sucking algae growth or pumping sulfur into the atmosphere to deflect the sun’s heat. While all of these efforts are an enormous gamble, escalating pressures placed on our planet by global warming may elevate how seriously these ideas are contemplated. Any contemplation will require in-depth modeling and analysis, and geospatial technologies will play a role."
Matt Ball — "A well thought out spatial data model is critical to get the most out of geographic information systems (GISs), because it dictates how spatial data are stored and represented within the database, and the rules for how the data can be analyzed and manipulated. In addition to different data models to represent vector or raster data, the data model is also the means to create a common set of attributes, rules and workflows for specific application areas."
Matt Ball — "There are many critics of carbon trading, and most fault difficulties related to: assessing pollution levels, ongoing monitoring, enforcement, and the overall complexity of the system. Geospatial technologies are ideally suited to each of these four issues, providing a credible and science-based means for assessment, monitoring and enforcement, and lending some transparency to help reduce the complexity of the systems."
Matt Ball — "Organizations that don’t make use of geoinformation are certainly less informed, and many disregard the geographic perspective at their peril. Failure to understand the application of geoinformation in business practice is largely due to a lack of awareness or a feeling that the costs outweigh the benefits. It’s up to the geospatial industry as a whole to continue to inform the business community about the benefits, and to illustrate the lowered entry cost that current tools offer (primarily through a web services approach)."
Matt Ball — "At this point in time, geospatial technology, in all its different forms, drives most environmental policy decisions. The information that can be synthesized through observation, modeling and analysis of geospatial information, provides a valuable tool for informing both sides of any given environmental debate."