Posted on January 10th, 2017

Apollo News Snippets – January 2017

The November 2016 departure from average map shows warm to record warm pockets across every continent with marked cooler than average weather across much of northern Asia.
  • The monthly NOAA climate report shows that November was warmer than average but it was not record warmth. November 2016 was the 5th warmest November in 137 years of record keeping. And was some 1.31 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th Century average for November temperatures. It has been cold in December here in the USA, I wonder how that will look next month?
  • On January 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court made abortion legal with its decision in Roe vs. Wade, and in recognition of this date, my GIS search for the month was, “Roe vs Wade and GIS.” In this thesis by Ana Grahovac of the University of Illinois, she uses GIS to analyze the changing landscape of women’s access to abortion. Her work combines GIS analysis with qualitative surveys to help get a better understanding of how state laws have changed since the enactment of the historic bill.
  • Last month we were in the Midwest state of Wisconsin and for January we move to the Mountain West with a look at Cheyenne’s online GIS resources which is the biggest city (by a slim margin) in Wyoming. Unfortunately the GIS site for the city leave much to be desired and when you click on the Custom Maps link, it takes you to a combined county GIS website. The Cheyenne and Laramie County GIS site features a landing page with a variety of pre-made interactive web maps, some more useful than others. And then on this page, you can access a variety of vector and raster datasets for download.

Brock Adam McCarty
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