Yesterday was all about climate and climate change! A high profile event took place in D.C. yesterday to formally launch the Climate Data Initiative, an ambitious new effort bringing together extensive open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven planning and resilience tools for local communities. Tech leaders from Esri, Google, Intel, NOAA, NASA and other orgs were on hand to offer their commitment to the effort.
An event of interest this week in D.C with an impressive lineup of Geotech leaders to speak. On Wednesday, March 19, the White House, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will host an event highlighting the Administration’s commitment to empower America’s communities with the information they need to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The event will include new announcements from Federal agencies, businesses, researchers, academia, and others to deploy data-driven technologies and leverage freely available open government data to build products and services that strengthen our Nation’s ability to prepare for the effects of climate change today and in the future.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 5:00 P.M. ET
WHERE: South Court Auditorium, Eisenhower Executive Office Building
A clever new trip planning tool is available to commuters in the Denver, Colorado area from DRCOG – enter Mywaytogo. The one-stop shop that allows commuters to easily and comprehensively compare their trip options and make informed choices. Users can simply enter their trip information to quickly see their commute options and compare travel time, distance, cost, and health benefits, including calories burned and such environmental impacts as CO2 generated.
The results show in the graphic below show a sample output search from Denver to Boulder and provides the user with information, times, and data for the commute by carpool, drive, bike, and walk. In addition to travel times we also see CO2 values, cost, and distance.. very nice!
A fabulous and informative video from the National Audubon Society… great stuff here! About the video – Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold opens a window into the wonderful world of birds–and what Audubon is doing to protect them. Presented by Susan and Dan Gottlieb. Directed, filmed and edited by Erik Friedl – See http://www.audubon.org/
An interesting research effort via the USGS asks Could Species Conservation be Key to Winning a College Football National Championship? This via the USGS… Believe it or not, sports analysts may want to pay attention to a different set of rankings—the endangered species list. In fact, by studying the work that USGS scientists have conducted on endangered species, the outcomes of many teams this season could have been accurately – though not statistically — anticipated.
There are a number of team mascots in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision that have their real-animal counterparts classified as an “endangered” or “threatened” species. Unfortunately for these teams, their season’s winning percentages were at high risk well before the opening kickoff.
So, teams may want to consider using mascots that aren’t endangered!
An interesting new story map from the PacNW from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Strait Alliance reveals sensitive areas and reveals where the oil would travel should a major spill take place in the area now know as the Salish Sea. How is it done? In an innovative project, the groups are dropping over 1000 small drift cards (4” x 6” pieces of bright yellow plywood, each with a unique serial number) at locations of higher risk of incident along the oil tanker route that runs from Burrard Inlet, through the Gulf and San Juan Islands and out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Global warming, carbon emissions, the vanishing ice cover… these are all things that are on the minds of us all these days. Ever imagine what would the Earth look like if the World’s ice simply all melted? Well, now thanks to National Geographic you can see a model of just that. The projected result is a World where the sea level would rise more than 200 feet, coastlines would be forever altered and the average temperature would be about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. A scary thought indeed…
This our of Centennial Colorado – The Compass family of geospatial companies has established Compass4Colorado, a collaborative effort to make high-tech GIS and mapping capabilities available at no or low cost to organizations involved in the recovery activities related to the devastating Colorado floods. Free flood-mapping webinars and workshops will be offered starting in October.
There’s no question that Colorado has been hit hard this past year or so… wildfires ravaging the landscape and now epic flooding – its tragic! Colorado and the Colorado Front Range in Particular is in many ways the heartland of Geospatial technology in America, the corridor between Boulder and Fort Collins considered by many as “GIS Alley”. Wishes are going out to all in the area to stay dry and safe!
HelpColoradoNow.org is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD). This initiative brings together government agencies and non-profit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters.
A FINE PLACE TO START IS http://www.helpcoloradonow.com/
Esri has churned out a public news map highlighting some of the data and social media news updates (tweets, photos, videos) from Colorado revealing the extent of the Colorado flood situation. You can jump directly to the newsmap HERE or continue reading and browse it below… stay safe Colorado!