Coverge of mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies on Sept 12.
Data and Applications
“To visualize relationships, model the movement of contaminants, and identify sources of human exposure, the NIEHS is developing an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS). This GIS will assemble maps based on geographic, demographic, hydrographic, infrastructure and industrial/agricultural data from publicly accessible sources.”
NIEHS Response to Hurricane Katrina (via Resource Shelf)
“The Google Maps API has been used to power 3 more Hurricane Katrina sites focussed on the flooding in New Orleans and the relief efforts currently underway…”
Google Maps Mania
“Many Katrina evacuees have been forced to look for new jobs. Will they find them?
The Online Journal and its sister site, CareerJournal.com, examined the local economies and job markets of three locations devastated by the hurricane, and three locations where evacuees have headed. We compared New Orleans, Biloxi, Miss., and tiny Bayou La Batre, Ala.—some of the cities hardest hit—with Baton Rouge, La., Houston and Memphis, Tenn.—among the places receiving evacuees.)” [Included map of where refugees have gone.]
Wall Street Journal
Geospatial Technology in Response
“With the help of GIS and laser altimetry, oceanographers will compare land surveys from before and after the storm to assess erosion, sand dune destruction and other shoreline changes.”
Federal Computer Week
“High-tech deployment: Rapid Fire Industries, of North Providence, today will deploy its Mobile Geographic Information System Incident Command vehicle to the hurricane-devastated areas.
“The custom-made, 27-foot truck—outfitted with cutting-edge GIS servers, handheld global positioning systems, radio communications, satellite phone, fax and high-speed Internet—was built to produce maps and manage data for disasters.”
Providence (RI) Journal (free registration required)
“But after the hurricane hit, Google worked closely with the federal government’s National Oceanic & Atmosphere Administration to quickly add new photographs and other data about the affected areas on a special page. TV stations used these maps to show viewers the extent of the devastation. They are also the only way many homeowners can find out if their home is under water or not.”
“The mapping helps us make good decisions on where we allocate resources and how we get to areas to deploy resources,” said American Red Cross disaster assessment/GIS associate Greg Tune.
San Bernardino County Sun
“’We’ve heard reports of (rescuers) using Google Earth to locate rooftops where people were calling in,’ said Brian McClendon, director of engineering for Google Earth. Because the streets were flooded, traditional maps weren’t as helpful, so they used Google Earth to get the coordinates and a description of the area.”
Contra Costa Times (California)