Posted on July 9th, 2015

Apollo News Snippets – July 2015

The May 2015 map of temperature departure from average. Northern Asia and North America were far hotter than average while pockets of relative cold were found over the mid-section of the USA, Russia and Australia.

The May 2015 map of temperature departure from average. Northern Asia and North America were far hotter than average while pockets of relative cold were found over the mid-section of the USA, Russia and Australia. (Map Credit: NOAA)

  • The May 2015 NOAA Climate Report confirms that this May was the hottest in the 136-year temperature record. In fact, if you were to look at monthly temperature departure from average, February and March 2015 were the highest departures every recorded, and then May 2015 was the fourth highest departure – that is a disturbing trend no matter how you look at it.
  • Summer is in full swing and in honor of the season of fireworks, cotton candy and (veggie) hot dogs, my Google search this month was, “GIS and hot dogs.” If you scan through the results, you might come across this paper by University of Michigan student, Kathryn Neckerman, which uses GIS to measure food access in urban areas. Specifically, Nerkerman used GIS to measure access to healthy foods across New York City with results that might not surprise those of you involved with and/or interested in economic justice and equality.
  • From the Southwest we travel to the center of the East Coast with a review of the GIS resources New York, New York makes available online. For a city of the Big Apple’s size, you might think they would be leaders in online mapping technology, but I would not say that is the case. They do have a nice webmap that can be accessed here with tons of layers and the ability to create permalinks, but it is still pretty limited in functionality. Then there is a gallery of preset map views found here. The biggest gap I see is easy access to shapefile and raster formats of the spatial layers that make up the webmap, though some of them appear to be available here.

Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
(720) 470-7988
brock@apollomapping.com

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