GISCafe Weekly Review March 29th, 2012

According to several top scientists, the March heat wave that has shattered records across a wide swath of the U.S. bears some of the hallmarks of global warming.

In email conversations, those same scientific researchers who specialize in studying the role climate change plays in influencing individual extreme events — a burgeoning field known as  “extreme event attribution” — said global warming may have made March’s soaring temperatures more likely to occur, although they add that natural variability has played a key role as well.

Areas with warmer than average temperatures are shown in red; near-normal temperatures are white; and areas that were cooler than the 2000-2011 base period are blue. Photograph: Terra/MODIS/NASA

Building Maps for the Public
March 29, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

Allen Carroll, David Asbury, and Jim Herries show how to build web applications that focus on sharing information with the public. They gave this presentation at the 2012 Esri Fed GIS Conference in Washington DC in February, 2012.

Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond provides an update on the latest innovations of the ArcGIS system, new patterns in cloud GIS, and the future of GIS at the 2012 Esri Fed GIS Conference in Washington DC in February.

AllTrails has mapped over 45,000 trails in the U.S.
March 28, 2012  by Susan Smith

AllTrails‘ 200,000 members have mapped over 45,000 trails. These trails include routes and information pertinent to many different activities including hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. They didn’t mention horseback riding, another group that maps a lot of trails.

The big GIS related news from the Autodesk Media Summit this week in San Franciso is the launch of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2013 that provides civil engineering, GIS, planning and utility design professionals with building information modeling (BIM) for infrastructure solution for planning, designing, building and managing civil infrastructure and utility infrastructure projects. This is the first time for the integration of Autodesk’s Infrastructure Modeler 2013 into the 2013 Building Design Suite.

Custom Mobile ArcGIS Online
March 27, 2012  by Matt Sheehan

ArcGIS Online and the new ArcGIS 10.1 release are about to provide a plethora of online and offline mobile GIS solutions. We launched GeoMobile for ArcGIS nearly a year ago. The goal was to provide a custom mobile ArcGIS app. We include a configuration file so users could add their own map layers; basemaps, dynamic and tiled ArcGIS layers. The mobile app has proved to be very popular. But the need for a single service, which provides all map data, has nagged at us. To the rescue comes ArcGIS Online and web maps. Now users can publish their ArcGIS layers, shapefiles, CSV, GPX, KML ad WMS to a single service. The associated web map can then be consumed by mobile applications like GeoMobile for ArcGIS.

ArcGIS 10.1 is exciting for many reasons. Primarily, in this discussion, because it allows users to generate tile packages for use offline. More on this in a later post. Lets first walk through the steps to publish a web map in ArcGIS Online.

Looking to the future: mapping the world’s oceans
March 26, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

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It’s impossible to predict the future, but with the latest advancements in technology and an ever-changing world the power is in our hands. That was the focus at the first goFred X conference held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Dr. Mark Masry, CARIS’ Research and Development Manager, was at the conference presenting about the future of mapping the world’s oceans.

“We know more about space than we do the deep sea,” said Dr. Masry to more than 500 technology enthusiast and students.

The Google Maps API and Chrome DevTools
March 26, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

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This video shows how the Chrome Developer Tools can make development with the Maps API faster and easier.

 

 

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