GSS Monthly

Amazon fires in Brazil can be seen from space

August 21, 2019By
A satellite view of the Amazon wildfire on Aug. 13. (NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership.)

Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil have hit record numbers, and satellites have been able to capture imagery of them. According to NASA, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on its Aqua satellite captured images of several fires burning in the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará and Mato Grosso on Aug. 11 and Aug. 13. There have been 72,843 fires... read more

Oregon transportation expands use of GNSS tablets

February 20, 2019By
Oregon Department of Transportation workers use DT Research’s GNSS rugged tablets. (Photo: DT Research).

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has expanded its use of DT Research GNSS rugged tablets to all 15 of its construction management offices across the state, and also use the tablets for biology, geology, roadway and wetland projects. DT Research worked closely with ODOT to design purpose-built rugged tablets that empower state workers to easily collect and transmit geospatial... read more

NSGIC releases first-year report for Geo-Enabled Elections project

January 16, 2019By
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Includes first draft of best practices for implementing GIS in elections. The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) has released the first-year report of phase one of its Geo-Enabled Elections project, highlighting the project’s accomplishments in the first 12 months. These include completing a baseline assessment of how far states have come, to date, in terms of integrating geographic information... read more

Are smart cities the future of humanity?

October 17, 2018By
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Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a smart city? What would it take... read more

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Rebrand GIS to better showcase its power

September 20, 2018By
Hotspot Map: Hotspots indicate some form of clustering in a spatial distribution. In this Incident Analyzer screenshot, the map layers are toggled on, showing how the hotspot layer provides insight into distribution and frequency of incidents. (Image: Hexagon)

GIS specialists are much more than mapmakers. Make sure your organization and customers understand how spatial analytics can help them succeed. By Adam Carnow Most non-GIS users hear the term “G-I-S” and think “M-A-P.” That is, they think of GIS, and GIS practitioners, as mapmakers. Most GIS practitioners have unknowingly perpetuated this image. Ask any GIS practitioner what they do... read more

GIS is key to developing smart cities and buildings

September 19, 2018By
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GIS is growing in importance to urban development, whether for environmental impact studies, geofencing or building information modeling (BIM). Sharing GIS data with developers is critical to a coordinated approach to smart city growth. read more

Volcanic GIS: Mapping and imaging the Kilauea eruption

August 16, 2018By
Lidar image of the Hawaii dataset showing the Kilauea Calderand the Halena'uma'u Crater and within it. (Image: Quantum Spatial)

Geospatial companies played a key role in the government's response to the Kilauea Volcano eruption. The volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii began erupting May 3, and while quiet for more than a week, it could resume erupting at any time. read more

How geospatial data can improve US elections

July 18, 2018By
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With the mid-term elections coming ever nearer, states are turning to geographic information systems (GIS) to help manage them. Digital geographic representation of precinct boundaries within a GIS allow for transparency and ease of use for voters, candidates and electoral management, according to the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). GIS also enables the optimal siting of polling places for both... read more

Geography and AI combine for business intelligence

June 21, 2018By and
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Today, artificial intelligence (AI) triggers a level of excitement, with a chaser of fear. As AI becomes more prominent, executives are asking: What is AI, what can it do for my business, and who should be responsible for its development and strategic alignment? read more

The evolution of remote sensing platforms

May 17, 2018By

Drones and robots complement traditional platforms, delivering insights in unique use cases. Guest column by Mike Fuller Geographic surveys have changed in the last 150 years. What started with early film cameras strapped to hot air balloons, kites and homing pigeons has advanced — both in terms of sensors and the platforms on which they’re deployed. These innovations — which include... read more