NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel to Meet Sept. 23rd to 24th in Duluth, MN

noaaThe NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel will meet September 23rd to 24th in Duluth, MN, to discuss operations, research and development, hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, and geodetic and geospatial measurements. The panel is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on carrying out NOAA’s Navigation Services mission. The meeting is open to the public with public comment periods scheduled throughout the two days.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CDT

Thursday, September 24th, 2009, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT

Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview, 505 W. Superior Street, Duluth, MN

U.S. Geoscience Information Network: Data Sharing for the Geosciences

usgin“The U.S. Geoscience Information Network (GIN) is a system of state and federal geological survey online data providers and user applications linked together by a collection of shared web services and interchange formats for the purpose of finding, accessing, and using geoscientific information.

“The objective of the GIN project is to develop standardized services to make data resources of the state and federal geological surveys accessible online in a distributed network using a few standards and protocols, and to work with data providers to implement these services. The network is open to all providers and users. We hope it will become a core component of the emerging cyberinfrastructure for the Earth sciences.

“Key components of this network include:

  1. Catalog systems for data discovery
  2. Service definitions that define interfaces for searching catalogs and accessing resources;
  3. Shared interchange formats to encode information for transmission (e.g. various XML markup languages);
  4. Data providers that publish information using standardized services defined by the network; and
  5. Client applications enabled to utilize information resources provided by the network.

“GIN will integrate and utilize catalog resources that currently exist or are in development. We are working closely with the USGS National Geologic Map Database, which has an existing map catalog, and with the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation project, which is developing a metadata catalog for geoscience information resource discovery. The GEON catalog is another existing catalog resource we hope to integrate. Existing data formats such as GeoSciML, ChemML, and Open Geospatial Consortium sensor, observation and measurement MLs will provide the necessary interchange formats. Client application development will be fostered by collaboration with industry partners such as ESRI and Microsoft.

“About $625,000 in funding has been received from NSF under the INTEROP initiative to start building the data network. This project will focus on the service definitions (component 3 in the list above) and on assisting data providers to implement the services and bring content online. This NSF interoperability project will be managed by the Arizona Geological Survey on behalf of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) in partnership with the USGS. In addition to GEON, the Earthchem ( network is an active partner. OneGeology, a consortium of 80 nations that is building a global digital geologic map, and GIN are working closely to develop a shared network architecture, as a global standard among geological surveys that could spread across the entire field.”

Tamil Nadu Government to Use GIS to Track Vector-borne Diseases

…from ChennaiOnline News

“With the number of chikungunya and dengue cases on a high, the government is planning to set up Geographical Information System (GIS) for tracking the vector-borne diseases across the state, Public Health department officials said. “We are planning an Online Disease Surveillance and Prediction System with the help of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TSCST). Tamil Nadu is the first state in the country to put such a system in operation,” an official told PTI.”

Uncertainty Management in Remote Sensing of Climate Data: Workshop Summary

0309139589…new from The National Academies Press

“Great advances have been made in our understanding of the climate system over the past few decades, and remotely sensed data have played a key role in supporting many of these advances. Improvements in satellites and in computational and data-handling techniques have yielded high quality, readily accessible data. However, rapid increases in data volume have also led to large and complex datasets that pose significant challenges in data analysis. Uncertainty characterization is needed for every satellite mission and scientists continue to be challenged by the need to reduce the uncertainty in remotely sensed climate records and projections. The approaches currently used to quantify the uncertainty in remotely sensed data lack an overall mathematically based framework. An additional challenge is characterizing uncertainty in ways that are useful to a broad spectrum of end-users.

“In December 2008, the National Academies held a workshop, summarized in this volume, to survey how statisticians, climate scientists, and remote sensing experts might address the challenges of uncertainty management in remote sensing of climate data. The workshop emphasized raising and discussing issues that could be studied more intently by individual researchers or teams of researchers, and setting the stage for possible future collaborative activities.”

Watershed Hydrology Position at the University of Hawaii-Manoa

uhmDepartment of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Continuous, review of applications begins September 16, 2009.

Duties and Responsibilities
Participate in research training on watershed hydrology. Conduct independent research in the areas of water flow and solute transport, irrigation management, surface/subsurface water quality monitoring, numerical modeling and spatial and temporal data analyses using GPS and GIS.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in hydrology, civil engineering, agricultural engineering or related field with emphasis in hydrology, natural resource management or environmental science. Excellent communication skills and ability to work within multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams. Ability to carry out independent research and to prepare manuscripts of results for publications.

Desirable Qualifications
Strong numerical modeling at different scales (laboratory, field and watershed levels). Competency in using spatially distributed models and supporting databases.

To Apply

Send a cover letter of interest; curriculum vitae; transcripts; names, addresses, fax and e-mail addresses of three referees to Dr. Ali Fares, Hydrology Lab, CTAHR/NREM, University of Hawaii, 1910 East-West Road Honolulu HI, 96822.  For Inquiries call Dr. Ali Fares at 808-956-6361; or email

Global Issues in Water, Sanitation, and Health: Workshop Summary

0309138728…new from The National Academies Press

“As the human population grows–tripling in the past century while, simultaneously, quadrupling its demand for water–Earth’s finite freshwater supplies are increasingly strained, and also increasingly contaminated by domestic, agricultural, and industrial wastes. Today, approximately one-third of the world’s population lives in areas with scarce water resources. Nearly one billion people currently lack access to an adequate water supply, and more than twice as many lack access to basic sanitation services. It is projected that by 2025 water scarcity will affect nearly two-thirds of all people on the planet.

“Recognizing that water availability, water quality, and sanitation are fundamental issues underlying infectious disease emergence and spread, the Institute of Medicine held a two-day public workshop, summarized in this volume. Through invited presentations and discussions, participants explored global and local connections between water, sanitation, and health; the spectrum of water-related disease transmission processes as they inform intervention design; lessons learned from water-related disease outbreaks; vulnerabilities in water and sanitation infrastructure in both industrialized and developing countries; and opportunities to improve water and sanitation infrastructure so as to reduce the risk of water-related infectious disease.”

World’s First GeoDesign Summit to Explore GIS Technology and Design

headquartersAttendees from across Disciplines Will Take Part in Defining and Advancing a New Approach

Professionals and academics will gather at ESRI headquarters in Redlands, California, January 6–8, 2010, for the first GeoDesign Summit. Geodesign brings geographic information system (GIS) technology into any type of design process such as developing a community project or conducting scientific research. Participants will introduce the first generation of geodesign concepts, technologies, and tools, drawing from the international group’s experience in a variety of disciplines.

This diverse group of thinkers will have many opportunities to contribute their opinions, innovations, problems, and solutions. Keynote speakers, lightning talks, brainstorming workshops, cross-disciplinary hands-on learning, and idea labs will spur conversations and encourage further exploration of the marriage of design and GIS.

With geodesign, geographic analysis is brought into a design process early on, when initial design sketches are evaluated against spatial data. Land-use and transportation planners, engineers, and others who use location information can benefit from this strong design framework. The resulting designs more closely follow natural systems, which benefits both people and nature and makes for a more synergistic coexistence.

For more information, visit Online registration is opening soon.