When the Data Struts Its Stuff , The New York Times, April 2, 2011 (registration required)
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“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
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
Maps and other resources for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami gathered March 11, 2011:
Videos for Japanese Earthquake YouTube
Japanese Earthquake Maps Google MapsMania
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
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.
“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
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
“Kerala-based based MindHelix Technologies on Wednesday launched ‘Tuk Tuk’ meter, claimed to be India’s first GPS-based multi platform Auto fare Calculator that enables the commuter to know the fare to be paid for the distance traversed.
The application enables the commuter to calculate the distance travelled using GPS and calculate the fare due, Christian Emmanuel George, co-founder and CEO of MindHelix Technologies told.”
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.