Exploring Water Resources: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences

water“Start using the technology you’ll need tomorrow, today! Exploring Water Resources: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences is a collection of investigation guides that let you tap into the power of ArcGIS software no matter your skill level. Use it to explore, manipulate, and analyze large data sets quickly and easily. And because this GIS textbook is full of study tools, it will come in handy during test time as well.”

Initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences

browngis_02-over“S4, as it is known on campus, is one of several initiatives through which Brown University is building new strengths as a research university. Brown has a core group of outstanding faculty who are taking seriously the impacts of spatial relations and contextual effects on social science issues. Through new faculty recruitments, investments in the research and teaching infrastructure, and outreach to researchers in such areas as community health and environmental change, the mission of S4 is to stimulate and support new work in this emerging interdisciplinary arena.”

Humboldt State University to Offer Resources Scholarships

Humboldt State University’s Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources has received $144,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund $4,500 annual scholarships for new multicultural students starting in Fall 2009. Freshmen must apply by March 1, transfers by June 1; instructions for how to apply are at http://www.humboldt.edu/~wms/.

The initiative stems from HSU’s connection with the U.S. Forest Service Region Five’s Northern California Consortium, an environmental education, outreach, and recruitment program sponsored by the Forest Service to establish networks in Hispanic and other diverse communities. It is aimed at educating under-served rural communities about natural resources. Federal employment projections for diverse students are good in the fields of soils, range, and forestry.

“We hope to draw from community colleges throughout the western United States including WUE schools,” said Forestry and Wildland Professor Susan Edinger Marshall, referring to the Western Undergraduate Exchange program. Humboldt State accepts undergraduates from 14 eligible western states, offering major savings on regular out-of-state tuition.

The new scholarships will finance up to 12 transfer students majoring in forestry, Rangeland Resources Science or Wildland Soils.

Scholarships could assist six freshmen to 12 transfers or any combination in between, totaling funding for 24 student years at HSU.

Exploring the Ocean Environment: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences

ocean1“Explore, analyze, and elaborate on information you extract using ArcGIS software with Exploring the Ocean Environment: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences. This interactive investigation guide lets you tap the power of the ArcGIS software to explore, manipulate, and analyze large data sets. This guide emphasizes the visualization, analysis, and multimedia integration capabilities inherent to GIS. The GIS information has been preprocessed into maps and legends, and some procedures have been automated so you can focus on the science content.”

Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modeling

env_mod_clarke“This book provides readers with the most comprehensive and authoritative treatment of the topic available. Topics covered include modeling frameworks, paradigms and approaches; model development, calibration and validation; dynamic systems modeling and four-dimensional GIS; and more. Includes case studies in GIS/EM. This book is intended for readers interested in advanced Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Data Processing, or Environmental Modeling.”

Technology’s Promise to Nature?

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
by Richard Brautigan

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutuality
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our normal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

Integrating GIS with Bathymetric Data Management Software

ivsESRI Supports Sounding Selection and Bathymetric Data Management through Partnership with IVS 3D

Software Companies Provide Efficient Workflow for Comprehensive Bathymetric Data Management

ESRI, the world’s leading geographic information system (GIS) technology producer, announces that Interactive Visualization Systems (IVS) 3D has joined its business partner program. IVS 3D is a leading vendor of interactive 3D visualization and analysis software for marine information. This partnership will benefit organizations with workflows that visualize and analyze bathymetric data for use in the maritime community including the defense, petroleum, environment, and hydrographic sectors.

“A tightly integrated solution between IVS 3D Fledermaus and ESRI ArcGIS is something our users have been requesting,” says Timothy Kearns, maritime deputy program manager, ESRI. “This partnership gives our companies the opportunity to work together, improving customer workflows and ensuring not only a seamless dataflow but a more efficient use of both technologies.”

The two companies are working toward the ability to read and write from IVS 3D’s Fledermaus suite of software directly into ESRI’s geodatabase, the common data storage and management framework for ArcGIS, ESRI’s comprehensive GIS software. Storing data in a geodatabase ensures that it is in a centralized location, maintaining integrity and consistency in the most efficient way in a multiuser environment. Fledermaus will be able to embrace a service-oriented architecture, one of the most powerful characteristics of ESRI enterprise GIS technology. Added benefits for ArcGIS users include the ability to perform sounding selection and surface modeling to international standards, as well as its support of a wide variety of hydrographic formats within ArcGIS.

“Partnering with ESRI gives our clients access to the most comprehensive suite of GIS software available,” says Lindsay Gee, chief executive officer, IVS 3D. “Our work together ensures that the mapping and charting needs of geoscientists, oceanographers, and hydrographers are met with an integrated solution that meets their needs from ship to shore.”

For more information on ESRI and how its GIS software is used in the nautical industry, contact Timothy Kearns at 909-793-2853, extension 1210; e-mail tkearns@esri.com, or visit www.esri.com/maritime. For more information on IVS 3D and how its visualization and analysis software is used in the nautical industry, contact info@ivs3d.com or visit www.ivs3d.com.

Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World

journey“The Bradshaw Foundation, in association with Stephen Oppenheimer, presents a virtual global journey of modern man over the last 160,000 years.  The map will show for the first time the interaction of migration and climate over this period.  We are the descendants of a few small groups of tropical Africans who united in the face of adversity, not only to the point of survival but to the development of a sophisticated social interaction and culture expressed through many forms.  Based on a synthesis of the mtDNA and Y chromosome evidence in archaeology, climatology, and fossil study, Stephen Oppenheimer has tracked the routes and timing of migration, placing it in context with ancient rock art around the world.”