GPS and GIS Current Events
Deep Sea Internet Has Geological Applications|
October 17, 2013 | University at Buffalo
“University at Buffalo researchers are developing a deep-sea Internet. The technological breakthrough could lead to improvements in tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring and other activities.” Quoted from the University at Buffalo press release.
The Government Shutdown and Geology|
October 15, 2013 | American Geophysical Union
The American Geophysical Union has a short article that explains why the “Government Shutdown Affects More Than Jobs“.
Mount McKinley Shrinks by 83 Feet
National Park Service Image
September 17, 2013 | CNN
New measurements made by Alaska’s Statewide Mapping Initiative and the United States Geological Survey have placed a new altitude on the summit of Mount McKinley, America’s highest mountain. It’s official height is now 20,237 feet instead of the previous 20,320 feet. (It didn’t really “shrink”. Just better measurement methods.)
California Seafloor Mapping Program|
August 16, 2013 | USGS
“Three new USGS products in an ongoing series by the California Seafloor Mapping Program were released August 9th, 2013 — a map set for the area offshore of Carpinteria in southern California, a catalog of GIS data layers for all of CSMP’s published maps, and a collection of videos and photos of the seafloor along the entire California coast.” Quoted from the USGS announcement.
Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction|
June 16, 2013 | USGS
USGS has published: “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Fayette and Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010″ as an open file report.
History of the Prime Meridian|
May 29, 2013 | National Geographic
How did Greenwich, England become Earth’s zero-degree longitude reference point?
USGS Topo Maps on Your Phone|
May 6, 2013 | USGS
“Android and iPhone users can now use their mobile devices as digital topo maps, leveraging USGS maps together with the power of GPS to zoom in on their precise location while hiking, biking, running, or any other activity that benefits from precision navigation.” Quoted from the USGS announcement.
USGS Crowd-Sourcing Test|
April 5, 2013 | USGS
“Over a trial period of ten months, 143 volunteers collected, improved, or deleted data on more than 6,400 structures in Colorado. The volunteers’ actions were accurate and exceeded USGS quality standards. In the Colorado pilot project the volunteer-collected data showed an improvement of approximately 25 percent in both location and attribute accuracy for existing data points. Completeness, or the extent to which all appropriate features were identified and recorded, was nearly perfect.” Quoted from the USGS summary.