GISCafe Weekly Review March 22nd, 2012

A monitoring team from the Marshal Space Flight Center is monitoring the disastrous tornado outbreak in Alabama on April 27, 2011, that greatly impacted the economy of the state.

This image is of ASTER NDVI for the NWS Tuscaloosa tornado swath on top of NASS CropScape data layer. The graph shows the difference in NDVI in and outside of the tornado path.

New 2010 U.S. Census datasheets available from Esri
March 22, 2012  by Susan Smith

Check on the ArcGIS Resource Center for the new 2010 U.S. Census datasets with their new geometry and attributes that are now available as layer packages on The following are all represented as polygons:  Block Group, Tract, County, and State with over 40 attribute fields containing population totals by age and race, along with family and household information. Census Blocks are represented as points with total population and household information.

Ryan Perkl of the University of Arizona shares his research on how vegetation patterns affect how species move across a landscape. He gave this presentation at the 2012 GeoDesign Summit.

Ryan is a new assistant professor at the School of Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona and he works primarily in conservation planning. He is interested in understanding how species move across the landscape and he engages in modeling such movement.

Keith Besserud, AIA, is the director of BlackBox, a research-oriented computational design resource within the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM). With design partner, Ross Wimer, Keith set up the BlackBox studio in 2007 to lead the development and integration of advanced computational concepts within the multi-disciplinary design processes of the office. This includes reviewing computational tools used in architecture and how they apply in urban design.

Bring a 3D view to your Maps API
March 19, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

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Easily bring a 3D view to your Maps API mashup with just four lines of code. The Earth & Maps Library is available at

Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond shares examples of maps that help us understand and make better decisions. He gave this presentation at the Esri Federeal GIS Conference in Washington D.C. last month.

Stephen Ervin of Harvard Graduate School of Design shares his perspective on the future direction of geodesign. He gave this presentation in January at the 2012 GeoDesign Summit.

Stephen M. Ervin is the Assistant Dean for Information Technology at Harvard Design School, Director of Computer Resources, and lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His MLA is from UMass/Amherst, his PhD from MIT, and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA). His current interests include Geodesign, innovation in digitally enabled design teaching and learning, and algorithmic design.

A pioneer in applications of computing in landscape architecture, planning and design, Ervin is the author of numerous articles, including “Digital Landscape Modeling, a Research Agenda”  and the book, co-authored with Hope Hasbrouck, ‘Landscape Modeling: Digital Techniques for Landscape Visualization’ (McGraw HIll 2001)

Using ArcGIS Online to Better Understand Our Nation
March 16, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

Owen Evans, Ken Gorton, Art Haddad, and Marten Hogeweg of Esri demonstrate ArcGIS Online and how it enables and empowers different people in your organization. They made this presentation at the 2012 Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington D.C.

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