33rd Applied Geography Conference to be held in Fort Worth, TX, 21 – 23 October 2010.

“The 33rd Applied Geography Conference will be held in Fort Worth, TX 21 – 23 October 2010.

“The Applied Geography Conferences have provided a forum for the exchange and critique of ideas related to the application of geographic concepts, analytical techniques, data, and methods since 1978. The conference brings together practitioners, academicians, and other professionals who seek geographic solutions and explanations to societal problems. Attendance ranges between 250 and 400 people. This size meeting offers an ideal setting for new professional geographers and students to gain public speaking experience and share ideas with geographers from business, government agencies, and academic institutions. In addition to paper sessions, the Conference also features exhibits, student poster presentations, field trips, special events and selected papers are peer-reviewed and published in the Papers of Applied Geography Conferences.”

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 14-18 April 2010, Washington, DC: Geography and Climate Change

aag“Start making plans for the 2010 AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, home of the Association of American Geographers and the heart of the U.S. Federal Government.

“In addition to many scholarly presentations, the 2010 Meeting will feature opportunities for interactions with government agencies and will include keynote speakers from nonprofit groups and other influential nongovernmental organizations located in the nation’s capital. The District of Columbia is home to 174 foreign embassies, many high profile NGOs, and numerous universities.”

“Geography and Climate Change” has been designated as a key overarching theme of the 2010 AAG Annual meeting.

MapAction: Information that Saves Lives

“MapAction delivers information that saves lives and livelihoods. When disasters strike, coordinating relief efforts hinges on rapid transfer of information. MapAction delivers that vital situation information in the form of maps, created and distributed in the field. By conveying a “common operational picture”, our maps make a crucial difference in delivering humanitarian aid to the right place to relieve suffering.

“MapAction is unique. We are the only non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a substantial track record in mapping for disaster emergencies. From our bases in the UK, Germany and the Caribbean region, we can deploy a fully trained and equipped mapping team anywhere in the world. They can be on their way in hours.”

Mapping Pollution Hot Spots in the Chesapeake Bay

…from NPR

“Biologist Kristin Politano taps a canister of sediment to get oxygen bubbles to rise. She learned about nutrient pollution in Florida, but in some ways it’s the same in the Chesapeake. Scientists can map the pollution hot spots, but someone has to follow them back to source to fix the problem.

“”It all boils down to what we’re actually putting into the watershed,” says Politano. “People get upset about what’s going on in the bay. What they have to realize is that a lot of the problems are coming from the upper watershed themselves. You have to look at restoring headwaters and streams, and rivers and things like that before you are going to see an improvement in the water quality that’s coming into the bay.””

14th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, Hong Kong, 26-28 May 2010

14th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling: Theory, modeling and concepts in Geospatial Information Science

The Joint International Conference on Theory, Data Handling and Modelling in GeoSpatial Information Science will be held on May 26th to 28th 2010 in Hong Kong. This conference will be a major event in the international community of Geo-spatial information Science (GISc) in 2010, organized by: Commission II of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and Commission of Geographic Information Science and Commission of Modelling Geographical Systems of the International Geographical Union (IGU). The conference will join together the Symposium of Technical Commission II of ISPRS, the Symposium on Spatial Data Handling and the Conference on Modelling Geographical Systems from IGU.

ISPRS is a society regrouping scientific societies from more than 100 countries working in domains related to photogrammetry, remote sensing and geographical information science. 2010 will be a special year for the society as it will be celebrating its centenary anniversary. The SPRS Technical Commission II Symposium is organised every four years alternately with the ISPRS Congress and is among the major events in ISPRS calendar regrouping leading scholars from the GISc and related communities. Last editions of the symposium were held in Ottawa, Canada (2002) and Vienna, Austria (2006) jointly with SDH.

The 14th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH) is the premier biennial international research forum for Geospatial Information Science (GISc). It commenced in 1984, in Zurich, Switzerland and has been held in Seattle, USA; Sydney, Australia; Zurich, Switzerland; Charleston, USA; Edinburgh, UK; Delft, The Netherlands; Vancouver, Canada; Beijing, China; Ottawa, Canada; Leicester, UK; Vienna, Austria; and Montpellier, France.

The main objective is to bring together scholars and professionals from the international community of GISc to present latest achievements and to share experience in GISc research. The conference program will feature keynote speeches delivered by leading GISc scholars, technical sessions with reports of the latest research outcomes, student forum on meeting with GISc legends and commercial exhibitions showing the latest development of GISc technology.

NREL’s United States Atlas of Renewable Resources

“The Atlas is an interactive application of the renewable energy resources in the contiguous United States, Alaska and Hawaii. It illustrates the geographic distribution of wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass resources, as well as other pertinent information such as transportation network and administrative boundaries. The Atlas is for anyone interested in renewable energy in the country, including researchers, developers, and policy makers.”


Map of the Day: Conservation Action in Melanesia

…from the ESRI Map Book, Volume 24


“Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are home to magnificent forests and coral reefs. This map highlights the rich habitats with a focus on current conservation action. Marine areas and terrestrial conservation areas are managed by the local people and government with support from The Nature Conservancy. The map also illustrates the multiple scales that The Nature Conservancy works in, from empowering local villages to coordinating across the region with the Coral Triangle.

“Courtesy of Nate Peterson and the Melanesia Team, The Nature Conservancy.”