Nice story over at GIS Development on mapping the world’s tallest eucalyptus tree using LiDAR. OK, it’s an ESRI plug, but a great example. And at just shy of 100m its damn big!
Great presentation by Blaise Agueray Arcas of Microsoft at TED recently. Its specifically about the augmented reality features of Bing maps, going from the traditional “panels”, through to “slippy” maps and then the integration of crowd sourced information all overlain together and explorable searchable. It is smooth, exquisite and thoroughly compelling. He saves the best till last which was the full integration of Flickr photography, including imagery inside buildings, then on top of this he overlaid a live video feed for true real time augmented reality. Then go back outside, look up at the sky and get full details of the visible night-sky.
Yes, believe it or not, SRTM is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. If there is perhaps one NASA mission that has had such a profound impact upon Earth Sciences (and certainly with respect to the number of days “in space”) then this is it. Relatively high resolution topographic data of most of the planet’s landmass, available for free, is a amazing achievement. ASPRS Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing had a special issue devoted to SRTM back in 2006 and the lead cover article (which is free) provides background to the mission. It truly amazing achievement based on this account.
The Mapping Center blog points to supporting materials for the ESRI Press book “Map Use”. And rightly so; the Powerpoint slides are excellent and provide some really good illustrations of underpinning GIS concepts as well as some nice examples. Well worth leafing through, staff and students alike.
TED has recently released a talk by Bill Davenhall entitled “Your health depends on where you live”. Presented at TEDMED, the talk provides a very simple exposition of “geo-medicine” (or more broadly epidemiology). In fact, when you watch it, it really espouses, first and foremost, the significance of geography and then the importance of GIS.