For my birder friends – this is a great way to visualize bird migrations. Check it out!
For my birder friends – this is a great way to visualize bird migrations. Check it out!
Yea to my colleagues at TNC – this is an excellent way to show species migration. There is so much more to do for individual species, groupings of species, changes to migration over time, and even putting this on a 3D globe….. just thinking out loud….
Thanks to the great monthly email from Kevin Rose (Screen Savers & Google fame) – what a great way to organize the chaos in our daily lives.
If you are not getting Kevin’s email you are missing some great information! Go here to sign up: https://medium.com/the-journal-by-kevin-rose
OK, after a many of you asking where I get all of my information I opted to just make many of my Feedly Collections open for you to see – go here: http://www.feedly.com/lapeltz
OK – this is what I really wanted to talk about….
Windty now allows for multiple overlays (data) and at different altitudes! You can also do historical data by going into the tools, find locations, etc.
Watch out! This is a fun time sink!!
OK – I will admit that things got busy. There were many times I came in to do updates, but only updated the lists I have on this site. Make sure you check these out and if you find others let me know.
Resources Wildland Fire – http://www.lapeltz.com/?page_id=210
Resources Lightning Strikes – http://www.lapeltz.com/?page_id=268
Some other notable highlights:
There was a lot in the Twitter feed – I use Feedly Pro as my aggregator – I understand it allows sharing of the categories now. I have not tried it, but if you use Feedly let me know and I don’t mind sharing!
Podcast: Looking for the OpenStreetMap Road Map – http://www.directionsmag.com/podcasts/podcast-looking-for-the-openstreetmap-road-map/200269
KQED – How California’s Water Rights Make It Tough to Manage Drought – http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/how-californias-water-rights-make-it-tough-to-manage-drought/
Science Friday – Best Science Books of 2014 – http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/12/12/2014/the-best-science-books-of-2014.html
Science Friday – Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Answer: What is Sleep? – http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/12/12/2014/alan-alda-challenges-scientists-to-answer-what-is-sleep.html
Geo for Good – Commonwealth Club of California – Rebecca Moore, Lead, Google Earth Outreach Program and Google Earth Engine – http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-12-03/geo-good
This animation of the ocean currents is fascinating! In 7th grade I wanted to become an Oceanographer – I think that was influenced by my Dad and his love of SCUBA diving and his hero Jacque Cousteau. I went on to study Earth Sciences, Marine Science, Hydrology, Geology, etc. and discovered the mapping sciences as a great way to analyze and visualize complex data.
This posting produced by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio is a great example of #BigData and #Mapping: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010800/a010841/index.html
Add the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio to your favorite list: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html
This provides some interesting insights to wind and may be helpful to many. I like the Windyty Forecasting tool. Thank you Cameron Beccario for a great open source tool! More available at: Via FB on http://www.facebook.com/windytycom and via Twitter at @windytycom
This is using data from the NOAA Global Forecast System (GFS) – http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/model-data/model-datasets/global-forcast-system-gfs
The current conditions resolution is about 18 miles and the forecast resolution about 44 miles – the model couples together 4 models (atmosphere, ocean, land/soil, and sea ice). I could not find if this was surface winds and how high in the atmosphere these go. I am assuming this is just surface conditions. It would be interesting to see upper level winds and model those in 3D! #JustSaying
The Windly About link states:
Windyty.com is advertisement free and a strictly non-commercial project.
GFS forecast model, produced by NOAA, is the major source of weather data. Forecast data are updated four times a day. Beautiful forecast for location detail are produced by Meteoblue.com and are based on NMM, NEMS or GFS mathematical models with different resolution, based on location (more info here).
Thanks again to Cameron Beccario for a great way to visualize wind data. See also my previous post on Earth Animated Map – Wind on the Globe – http://www.lapeltz.com/?p=201
Great weekend and week catching up with podcasts and picking out those that stand out. I hope you enjoy these as well:
Commonwealth Club – Innovating Women – Kim Polese, Alison van Diggelen, Vivek Wadhwa – great discussion on women in technology and business – http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-10-21/innovating-women-changing-face-technology
Commonwealth Club – Nick Carr: An Automated World – how technology influences us and what we are doing about it. Does Google make you dumb? http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-10-08/nick-carr-automated-world
TED – Uldus Bakhtiozina – Wry photo that turn stereotypes upside down – a Russian female perspective. http://www.ted.com/talks/uldus_bakhtiozina_wry_photos_that_turn_stereotypes_upside_down?language=en
TED Mac Barnett – exploring and living in creativity and wonder. Watch out! You will be howling in laughter! https://www.ted.com/speakers/mac_barnett
TED Avi Reichental – 3D Printing and inventing – making it! https://www.ted.com/speakers/avi_reichental
TED Kenneth Cukier – Big data is better data – what is next for machine learning, self driving cars and human knowledge http://www.ted.com/talks/kenneth_cukier_big_data_is_better_data?language=en
TED Francis de los Reyes – microbiological techniques in biotech – poop, yup, poop – some fascinating insights! https://www.ted.com/speakers/francis_de_los_reyes
TED Daria van den Bercken – Handel on the piano – wow – I want to play like this!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PzPk3K_iW4
Science Times podcast – Bill Nye ‘Undeniable’ A fight for the young creationist mind. Go Bill! http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/04/science/in-undeniable-bill-nye-speaks-evolution-directly-to-creationists.html?_r=0
I was at the ASPRS UAS Symposium this week and we were treated to an outstanding set of talks, exhibitors, and events. If you are not a member of ASPRS then why not?? ASPRS Northern California Chapter did an outstanding job organizing this event!
The event organizers took us to a hobby event where we could do some observations of the variety of UAS/drones. Here everyone is waving for a #dronie – when I find the picture I’ll add the link.
And on the screen is imagery from the hand waving event.
More on #dronie pictures from Twitter.
More on UAS with ASPRS.
This article is very detailed on survey markers – BOTTLES, POTS, & PANS? – MARKING THE SURVEYS OF THE U.S. COAST & GEODETIC SURVEY AND NOAA
Reminded me of being in Ephesus, Turkey and coming across Roman survey markers.
We saw these in many other places on our travels.
This was one of the most interesting in the examples here.
The shopping area after the tour – why lie? 🙂 I was temped to buy one, but then I had a watch…. 🙂
Spent a great fall Sunday with many of the local CERTs doing a Search & Rescue (SAR) training drill. Team 1 GPS track is below. Team hiked 2 miles with 250′ elevation gain/loss.
I also created a handout for the teams to better understand what GIS is and how it is used in SAR – 2104_MapSAR_Handout
Training session before heading out – getting assignments.
Team 1 and 2 had a picture opportunity at the Marshall Monument.
Also practiced a line search – after action review photo.
More on CERT here: http://www.csc.ca.gov/cc/cert.asp
I am always looking for ways to show staff how projections really impact our work in GIS. This is a very nice example of this. Azavea.com put together 8 projections, all at the same scale with the same center – not surprisingly show that change.
Click on each to see the projection legend. So what is the correct projection? Well that depends on what you are doing with the data! Check out the USGS publication “Map Projections – A Working Manual” overview on Plate 1.
What a beautiful day – sunny, 70 degrees F, light breeze and blue skies. Pictures, videos, and a map (Castle_Peak_Hike)
Reviewing the map – we briefly intersect the Pacific Crest Trail at the top of Castle Peak Pass.
Castle Peak from the 4 WD road – yes you can cut off a mile either way by driving to the parking lot under the pass. We saw light trucks up here, but the road has lot of large rocks, dips, etc. 4WD & high clearance = easy.
Video from just above Castle Peak pass – CastlePeak_08
Great geologic discussion available from California Geological Survey – North Lake Tahoe-Donner Pass Region.
It was pretty clear that the area had lots of volcanic activity. Hiking andesite blocks imbedded in ash was common, volcanic plugs and dikes made for many stops and great photo opportunities, but this also made for some slippery steep slopes.
Last part of the hike was a scramble – recommend you wear good treads for this. Sneaker hiking not recommended.
Video (CastlePeak_32) from Castle Peak (not the highest point, but high enough for today!
The GPS track and elevation – total 7 miles and 2,190′ elevation gain/loss.
Chris Ingram put this together from the report his relative, a San Francisco Fire Fighter, who responded to this event. It must have been an awful day – note the struggle with lack of water and dynamite. http://tinyurl.com/ojrl5us
Busy week on line – lots of interesting things this week – still trying to figure out how to use this blog….
Free Climate Science/Modeling Class – Started Sept 29th – free on line adaptation of a college level class for non-science majors!
Data Playlists from School of Data – record and contribute your own!
Transformative Research workshop discussion from Esri – interesting items here.
Ig Nobel Prizes for 2014 – worth the time to listen to and laugh!