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West Virginia University mapping study of soil’s ability to trap radiation

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

“A research center at West Virginia University is providing important information on the ability of soil to mitigate nuclear contamination.

The Morgantown school’s Geospatial Research Unit is examining the soils of Pacific Coast states to determine their ability to trap airborne radiation in the event that it drifts from Japan to the U.S. They also are determining locations of soils that can transfer trapped radioactivity into vegetation.”

WVU mapping soils’ ability to absorb radiation March 23, 2011, Charleston Daily Mail

Eyes on Japan

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

 

Because of the concern about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami catastrophe and the subsequent threat from the nuclear power plants, GISCafe will continue to collect information on organizations that are providing some form of technology to the relief or emergency response efforts in and around Japan.

Earthquake in Japan: Mapping the Diaster and Aftermath March 21, 2011, Center for Community Mapping – Several interactive maps available, including social media maps, Japan quake map, live footage of the devastation and nuclear impact map.

Everbridge, a leader in incident notification systems,  announced that the company delivered nearly 700 broadcasts to hundreds of thousands of people in the immediate aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, all while rolling out a major system upgrade. Everbridge’s globally redundant infrastructure was relied upon by a large roster of global clients throughout Asia, Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States to successfully deliver critical information.

Everbridge clients reacted quickly to the natural disaster that grew from a massive earthquake into a tsunami — and later a nuclear threat. Through the Everbridge Aware platform, numerous warnings and messages were sent using a variety of methods and communication devices. Within a matter of minutes, notifications had reached residents, employees, business continuity teams and emergency responders, empowering them to respond quickly to the unforeseen disaster.

Astrium GEO-Information Services is the sole distributor of the Formosat-2 satellite’s imagery. This high resolution satellite is the only satellite, due to its atypical orbit, capable of taking images of the same point every day. This unique ability enables the international community to follow the evolution of the Japanese earthquake disaster day by day. This is why Astrium is making its satellite imagery experts available to provide analysis reports regarding the affected areas.

 

These experts analyse the images from space on a daily basis, providing vital information to the emergency crews on the ground about the state of roads, bridges, buildings, nuclear and other plants. This interpreted data should assist the ground crews and emergency teams as they tackle the crisis, providing up to date information when undertaking rescue efforts, assessing the damage to infrastructure and coordinating potential evacuations.

A daily report will be produced and available for the next seven days after registering at  https://monitoring.spotimage.com

Japanese Quake and Tsunami – Mapping and other resources

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Maps and other resources for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami gathered March 11, 2011:

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center – NOAA

Japanese Quake Person Finder

Google Crisis Response Center

Videos for Japanese Earthquake YouTube

Japan Earthquake MAP: Epicenter, Most Impacted Areas From Massive Quake Huffington Post

Japanese Earthquake Maps Google MapsMania

Incredible Map Shows How Close The Japanese Earthquake Was To The Surface Business Insider

Magnitude 8.9 – NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN USGS

Wall Street Journal Facebook page – potential meltdown of nuclear power reactor

How Shifting Plates Caused the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan The New York Times, interactive maps

Map of Japan Earthquake 2011-3-11: Siesmic Activity in the 7 days leading up to 2011-3-11 MapLarge

 

Astrium offers marine and coastal geospatial data

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Marine and coastal geospatial data now available to download from
www.geostore.com [ http://www.geostore.com ]

The National Broadband Map goes live

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

According to Computech president Larry Fitzpatrick, the company was selected by open competition to provide the technology for the National Broadband Map. In concert with the FCC, Computech selected a fully open source geospatial stack which starts with PostGRES at the bottom to OpenGeo and various open source frameworks. Look for an upcoming blog about the technology stack to be posted on the Computech, Inc. site.

Quote of the week

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

“FCC and NTIA did a great job of ensuring that as much usefulness as could be had by development and data community is possible.”

Larry Fitzpatrick, President of Computech, contractors on the The National Broadband Map project

Canceled NASA rocket could take passengers to space

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Obama Administration’s effort to offer more affordable space program than the Ares 1 which has been criticized for its magnitude and cost, may result in the reuse of the Ares 1 as a space taxi.

NASA’s so-called commercial crew program is seeking companies to build and operate space taxis to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

How about on-board navigation systems for space taxis? Could that be the next rage?

Canceled NASA Rocket Could Return as Part of Low-Cost Space Taxi The New York Times

MindHelix launches India’s first GPS-based auto-rickshaw fare meter

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

World Resources Simulation Center

Monday, January 31st, 2011

A setting that will benefit sustainable design is the World Resources Simulation Center (WRSC), a proposed immersive visualization facility where people can “see” critical trends and issues and relationships between them – plus consequences of “what if” strategies. It is expected to provide a cooperative environment for governments, business, NGOs and educators.

I met one of the people involved in this effort at the GeoDesign Summit. The facility is not yet built, but they are actively seeking partners, expertise and investment for the project.

www.wrsc.org

Local mobile and social media news

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Among these news tidbits from the past week are some reports on the downside of mobile devices and restaurants recognizing the power of social media:

 

Rising Numbers of Mobile Devices Pose Security Threat: Experts at Amity                                    January 17, 2011, Business Standard

 

Interfering With Flight? Christina Negroni, January 17, 2011, The New York Times

 

Restaurants Reach Out to Customers With Social Media Elizabeth Olson, January 20, 2011, The New York Times

 

 

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