An interesting read on the merits of UAV (drone) technology in the battle against wildfires. Sadly, the media often has focused on the pitfalls of UAV hobbyists grounding aerial attacks on fires, however, there’s also the upside of the industry that has joined the battle. This from KUOW… The National Park Service used a borrowed surveillance dronethis past week over the long-burning Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park. The Boeing Company’s unmanned aircraft subsidiary Insitu provided the drone and two professional pilots at no charge for a demonstration. The nearly 50-pound, catapult-launchedScanEagle plane flew on six days — both day and night.
This is very cool from @FlyingFishViews -F2V.me (Beta) – A virtual platform for waterway data. Take a trip downstream using this StreetView-Like platform. According to the developers, F2V is a streetview like experience for rivers made possible by integrating imagery, waterway data, and other data sources. The result is an impressive, immersive experience designed ideally for resource managers and planners as well as outdoor enthusiasts.
Here’s an awesome webmap tip to share (courtesy of a tip-off I received via the Esri FB page) the WDOT Seattle Parking map from seattle.gov. This is a handy online resource showing where to park and how much it costs in the City of Seattle. Users will find parking lots, street parking restrictions, rates and more. Additionally, every single parking related street sign is posted on the map – nice! Streets are color coded according to parking style, for example, no parking, unrestricted, time zones, etc… Well done Seattle!