Posted on May 6th, 2014

Apollo News Snippets – May 2014

carbon_footprintsOne of the four maps offered by the National Geographic showing total greenhouse gas emissions in metric tons emitted by the world’s largest polluters.
  • Climate change has been a major focus of my writing recently, and this snippet is no different. In case you have not seen enough maps on greenhouse gas emissions, National Geographic has put one together that you should check out. This map offers four different looks at greenhouse gas emissions by the world’s largest emitters: current total emissions in metric tons; per capita emissions; emissions per dollar of GDP; and total emissions since 1850.
  • It’s warm here in Boulder and the grass is as high as an elephant’s eye! In honor of our friendly green land cover, I Googled, “GIS and turf grass,” this month. Looking through the results, here is an interesting PowerPoint created by Xi Xiong out of Oklahoma State University on the use of remote sensing to detect turf grass diseases. In this project, Xiong used several means to assess the validity of remote sensing for a wide range of turf management issues – if this is your field, I suggest you check out his work!
  • From the bluegrass state, we travel south to the Gulf of Mexico with a look at the GIS resources of one of America’s most vibrant cities, New Orleans, Louisiana. Unfortunately, NoLa does not have a dedicated GIS website, rather it appears their geographic data is found in two places. If you are looking for an online property lookup tool, here is the link to that map. Press the Map Search button at the top right, and then the Info button to query information on a specific property. For users looking for datasets that can be download, here is a link to the 44 layers that can be exported in a variety of formats, sometimes as a shapefile and other times only as a spreadsheet and/or PDF.

Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
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brock@apollomapping.com

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