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Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Understanding Forest Fire History Can Help Keep Forests Healthy

COLUMBIA, Mo. – For nearly a century, forest fires have been viewed by scientists and the public as dangerous and environmentally damaging disasters. However, recent research has shown that forest fires are vital to maintaining healthy forests. While people in the western portions of the U.S. experience forest fires often and know of their value,

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Does GIS have a history?

There are a number of ways to read this question of history. In terms of a record of its evolution, incremental innovations and leading minds, that history is rich and well documented. The meaning here is two-fold for both the ability of GIS to catalog and present the insights that have been gleaned from the

Monday, May 26th, 2014

International Team Uses GIS to Assess Caesar and Helvetii History

An international team is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modelling to assess Julius Caesar’s account of his war with a Celtic tribe. According to Caesar, more than a quarter of a million Helvetii were settled in the Swiss plateau before they decided to abandon their territory and invade Gaul in 58 BCE. In his Gallic

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Historical Mapping Project Nears Completion

The 40-year research project to map York’s historic past is finally nearing completion. A series of maps showing how the city developed from Roman times to the present day is set to be published, along with essays by leading academics. Dr Peter Addyman, chairman of York Civic Trust, had the idea of creating the cartographic study of

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way It Does

Cartography: we are where we are.That most annoying of trite phrases, with its hint of Zen wisdom, was often used by commentators to provide a retrospective clean slate on which to place the hideous economic mess this country has been led into. It was a geographic metaphor, possibly even a cartographic one. Certainly we still are