Posted on April 5th, 2016

Apollo News Snippets – April 2016

Temperature_Depature_Map_Feb2016The February 2016 temperature departure map shows huge stretches of Europe and Asia in a color at the top of the scale as these areas were some 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit above their 1981-2010 averages.
  • Am I starting to sound like a broken record because I think I am as the February 2016 NOAA global climate report confirms that the past month was the 10th in a row to break a temperature record. Further, February was the warmest month ever in the 137-year record, breaking the record set just two months ago in December by 0.16 degrees Fahrenheit. You can read more about the records set in the month here.
  • On April 16, 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born in London so in honor of this event, my Google search of the month was, “London and GIS.” If you look through the results, you might come across this paper by Robert Chavez and Thomas Milbank of Tufts University’s Perseus Digital Library. This research is an interesting fusion of GIS, CAD, 3D visualization and historic documents that I have not seen elsewhere – enjoy!
  • From our review of a sub-par city GIS site for Columbia, South Carolina, we travel to the Mountain West state of South Dakota with a review of their largest city’s online GIS resources, Sioux Falls. And phew, this site makes up for much of last month’s ills as Sioux Falls has a ton of online GIS resources. Okay admittedly their homepage is not high-class but the links and maps they provide are: this is a list of pre-made, interactive maps (they are pretty sweet!); you can access a PDF street map here; if you need parcel information, you can find a nice map here; and finally, for the advanced users, you can download actual rasters and vectors here.

Brock Adam McCarty
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