…in The Journal of Young Investigators, Volume 19, Issue 18…
Ari A. Zwick
“Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies are currently being researched as a potential component of a global portfolio of technologies to help reduce anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. In China, currently a leading emitter of CO2 and a potentially critical player in future carbon emissions reduction strategies, it is important to evaluate the economic feasibility of CCS to understand its potential for large-scale deployment. This paper describes the development of a high resolution geospatial model to assist in efforts to estimate the construction costs of pipelines for transport of CO2 from sources to storage sites. The model assigns relative weights to geographic features throughout mainland China to form a relative prioritization map that may be used to model pipeline routing along paths that are likely to represent the lowest cost paths. The final routing priority map (RPM) differentiates between areas according to their relative cost for routing from sources to sinks. The RPM represents the weighted combination of all overlapping geographic and cultural features included in the model. By using the RPM in conjunction with a routing protocol, grid cells with low priority values (i.e., those for which construction and/or societal costs would be higher) would be avoided in favor of cells with higher priority values, all else equal. This mode of estimating least-cost pipeline routing could represent a significant enhancement to existing methodologies used to estimate CO2 transport costs for CCS in China.”
“Geography is Destiny in Medicine.”
–Jack Lord, MD
In 2010 the conference “GEOINFORMATIK” takes part for the second time as a joint event organized by both the German scientific Society for Geoinformatics (GfGi) and the GiN e.V. The main theme of GEOINFORMATIK 2010 is “The World Online”.
The Editor-in-Chief of the >International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR) invites authors to submit manuscripts for consideration in this scholarly journal. The following describes the mission, coverage and guidelines for submission to IJAGR.
The International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR) publishes research that exemplifies the usage of geographic information science and technology (GIS&T) to explore and resolve geographical issues from various application domains within the social and/or physical sciences. IJAGR is designed to provide planners and policy analysts, practitioners, academicians, and others using GIS&T useful studies that might support decision-making activities.
IJAGR is interested in research highlighting various GIS&T application domains that span the social and physical sciences. Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Business and marketing geography
- Economic geography
- Geography of crime
- Historical geography
- Medical geography
- Military geography
- Natural hazards
- Political geography
- Population geography
- Soil geography
- Tourism geography
- Transportation geography
- Other geographic subfields
…from Michigan Tech News…
“Chuck Olson has been doing image interpretation and analysis for more than half a century. Now the senior image analyst at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) in Ann Arbor has been recognized for his contributions with one of the highest honors his professional society can confer: Honorary Member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
““This is a very big deal,” said Colin Brooks, research scientist and manager of the Environmental Science Laboratory at MTRI. “It is ASPRS’s highest award, and there are only 25 honorary members at any one time.”
“The lifetime award is given to recognize individuals who have rendered distinguished service to ASPRS or who have attained distinction in advancing the science and use of geospatial information. Olson qualifies on both counts.”
ESRI and Loma Linda Announce Collaboration for Designing Healthy Communities
Loma Linda University (LLU) today inaugurated a center with two new computer laboratories that will be used to teach students in the health professions how to use geographic information system (GIS) technology to better understand and improve human health across the world. The Health Geoinformatics Laboratory center will provide undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on experience in applying modern information system technologies that combine maps and satellite imagery with data about the geographic locations of diseases, health care resources, and sociodemographic characteristics of communities. ESRI was represented by Jack Dangermond, founder and CEO of ESRI in the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the state-of-the-art Health Geoinformatics Laboratory. The center is located in the university’s new Centennial Complex that was recently completed at a cost of approximately $85 million.
The Health Geoinformatics Laboratory is equipped with modern GIS software including ESRI’s spatial statistical tools for public health epidemiology, specialized logistical software for optimizing health care delivery, and geographic digital dashboards that enhance health informatics. LLU undergraduate students can pursue a bachelor of science degree in public health, health geographics, and biomedical data management, and graduate students can obtain certificates in health geoinformatics and specialized offerings in areas such as environmental health, global health and development, and spatial epidemiology.
University president Richard Hart, M.D., DrPH, spoke of the University’s long-standing vision to produce a skilled and educated health workforce that will contribute to the enhancement of community and global health. He noted that the inclusion of the Health Geoinformatics Laboratory within this new global learning hub is a critical part of the university’s objective to connect with the world and think about problems in a different way.. He went on to say, “I am deeply appreciative of ESRI and their partnership with us. We are moving into a new age of information sharing, health planning, and of connecting with the world. This technology and the lab will help prepare us for that future.”
ESRI president Jack Dangermond, noting that he was born at the Loma Linda Medical Center, thanked Loma Linda for assisting him over the years, especially when he first established ESRI. He said, “This new lab will combine great talent in health science education with emerging talent in technology in the geospatial field. We are moving from the position of using geographic information systems to describe the world to help us take responsibility for the future of our world. This center will participate in that evolution of designing our future and participating in building a healthier world.”
Hart and Dangermond also announced that ESRI and LLU will jointly host the first Designing the Healthy Community international invitational symposium. The meetings are intended to bring together the best minds in public health to share new ideas about using GIS to make the world a healthier place. The inaugural event is planned for 2010 and will be held at both the Loma Linda University campus and ESRI’s Redlands headquarters.