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May 15th, 2012
V1 Newsletter-Vol. 6, Issue 20

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Is it time for focused publication that aim to make sense of change at both the global and local scales?

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Is it time for focused publications that aim to make sense of change at both the global and local scales?
Change is a constant that is inevitable, but what isn’t inevitable are disruptive impacts. The more we know about our planet and how our built environment interacts with our natural environment, the more we will seamlessly adapt with little or no harm to lives and livelihoods. It’s with the mission in mind — to monitor, analyze and adapt to global change — that the new re-branded Sensors & Systemsis born.

Together at Last - Image Processing and GIS - Intergraph / ERDAS


Mapping Carbon in the Forests: Seeing Both the Forest and the Trees
The effects of deforestation are often dramatic. Forest carbon stores can drop from 300 tons per hectare to 20 tons per hectare, says Alessandro Baccini, an assistant scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center. Deforestation in the tropics alone is equal to all of the transportation sources of carbon dioxide globally combined, according to Greg Asner, a staff scientist in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Conversely, “if forests are managed productively and not converted to other uses, if the wood is utilized in long term products and for energy in a substitution benefit, one can use forests to take some carbon out of the atmosphere.”


  • ClimaScope – a data visualization engine providing maps and data on projected climate changes for a range of global greenhouse gas emission scenarios
  • Abandoned Bike Tracker – crowdsourcing the mapping of ugly abondoned bikes in New York City
  • New Brunswick River Watch – monitoring and flow forecasting in the St. John River Basin
  • GeoNode – a platform for the management and publication of geospatial data
  • ForWarn – satellite-based change recognition and forest disturbance monitoring

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  • MAVinci – unmanned aerial mapping systems and services.
  • Resource Mapping – remote sensing and GIS for conservation


The Fusion of ERDAS and Intergraph is Just the Start for Hexagon
Over the past year, there has been a great deal of work on the integration of ERDAS and Intergraph software offerings to make a more complete geospatial platform. Matt Ball recently spoke with Mladen Stojic, Vice President – Geospatial at Intergraph, about this ongoing work and the long-term vision. As you’ll read, the focus is on a future generation that demands more rapid answers, and that intuitively streamlines complex geospatial technology stacks into optimized workflows.

Collaborative Visualization to Advance Landscape Planning

Recently the University of British Columbia unveiled a decision theatre, an interactive and immersive computer visualization lab for collaborative advancement of landscape planning. Special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Stephen R.J. Sheppard, the project lead and professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, Canada about both the technology and the approach.


The European Location for the Geospatial World Forum Increases Its Profile
The Geospatial World Forum took place this past week in Amsterdam, drawing an international crowd of more than 1,000 geospatial technology leaders from 78 countries. This is the fourth event in a series, and the first time the event has taken place outside of India. The European location served well to elevate the participation and the program, with a high degree of sessions aimed at cutting-edge policy and technology frontiers, including the sustainable development of the developing world.

GI_Forum - Learning with GI - Salzburg, July 3-6, 2012

MundoGEO#Connect - May 29-31, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Location Intelligence or Enterprise USA




Visualizing Climate Change (2012)

By Stephen R.J. Sheppard
Using dramatic visual imagery such as 3D and 4D visualizations of future landscapes, community mapping, and iconic photographs, this book demonstrates new ways to make carbon and climate change visible where we care the most, in our own backyards and local communities.

Sustainable Urbanism and Beyond: Rethinking Cities for the Future (2012)

By Tigran Haas

This book is a unique perspective on architecture, urban planning, environmental and urban design, exploring ways for raising quality of life and the standard of living in a new modern era by creating better and more viable places to live.  

Community Resilience and Environmental Transitions (2011)

By Geoff Wilson

This book discusses the resilience of communities in both developed and developing world contexts. It investigates the notion of ‘resilience’ and the challenges faced by local communities around the world to deal with disturbances (natural hazards or human-made) that may threaten their long-term survival.



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