Oct 242011

ASPRS: The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society, Rocky Mountain Region

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, founded in 1934, is a scientific association serving over 7,000 professional members around the world. Our mission is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS, and supporting geotechnologies. ASPRS members work as analysts, specialists, educators, engineers, managers, administrators, product developers, operators, technicians, marketers, scientists and researchers in the fields of Aerospace, Agriculture, Archeology, Biology, Cartography, Defense, Development, Ecology, Environment, Forestry, Geodesy, Geography, Geology, Homeland Security, Hydrology, Land Appraisal, Medicine, Real Estate, Transportation, Urban Planning and Water Resources. The Rocky Mountain Region serves ASPRS members in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Continue reading »

Dec 162014

I hope everyone’s GIS Day was a success.  While some of us were down at GIS Day events in Denver (we had our cake and ate it too!), the Census Bureau issued a press release on the 25th anniversary of TIGER.  Very timely as some of us old-school GIS-ers reminisced about the days before topology and seamless datasets.  If you have not already seen it:


You can also see a darn good history of TIGER in the form of an esri story map here:


On a related subject; You may have noticed that Census has upgraded its TIGERweb viewer to HTML 5, eliminating the need for Silverlight.  Among other things, TIGERweb is an excellent tool to review the current content of TIGER for your jurisdiction.  This is particularly true for boundary review. Continue reading »

Dec 162014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of a report, ‘Climate Change Indicators in the United States.’ The report presents observed data on key measures of our environment, including U.S. and global temperature and precipitation, ocean heat and ocean acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and many others. With 30 indicators that include over 80 maps and graphs showing long-term trends, the report demonstrates that climate change is already affecting our environment and our society.

The third edition of the Indicators report adds additional years of data and four new indicators: Lyme disease, heating and cooling degree days, wildfires, and water level and temperature in the Great Lakes. In addition, the report adds four new features that connect observed data records to local communities and areas of interest, including cherry blossom bloom dates in Washington D.C., timing of ice breakup in two Alaskan rivers, temperature and drought in the Southwest, and land loss along the mid-Atlantic coast.  Continue reading »