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Posted on July 11th, 2017

Apollo News Snippets – July 2017

  • The May 2017 NOAA global climate report is out and it confirms that it was the 389th consecutive month with an average temperature above the 20th Century average. It was the third hottest May on record – behind 2016 and 2015 – and the 26th hottest month on record. It was the “coolest” month since December 2016 – is that a good thing that we call the 26th hottest month cool? Argh, Paris Climate Agreement anyone?!
This is one of the “colder” maps we have seen in a while with marked regions of cooler than average weather across the East Coast of the USA and northern Russia. There were pockets of record warmth in Africa and Asia in May 2017.
  • In honor of the American July 4th tradition, my Google search of the month was, “GIS and fireworks.” And okay, this is not even close to a story about fireworks nor even the USA, but hey they used Adobe Fireworks in this interesting study of GIS and waste disposal in Nigeria by Idowu et al. In this paper, the authors explore the use of web mapping to improve the operations of waste management – a topic we can truly appreciate given our own web mapping application, Map Mavin.
  • For this month’s review of the second largest city in a state’s online GIS resources, we move from San Diego to Colorado Springs, Colorado. The homepage of the Colorado Springs GIS department is little more than a place to access two links – one of which did not work, the Map Gallery. There is a gallery of maps that can be accessed from the Planning Department page. The main feature of the site is their online Esri webmap, SpringsView, which gives users a wide array of layers to turn on and off as well as print and query functions among many more features. I did not see a way to download the actual GIS layers in shapefile, TIFF, etc. format.

Brock Adam McCarty
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