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The Trust for Public Lands Launches ParkScore

by Matt Ball on May 23, 2012

Today, the Trust for Public Lands has launched a rigorous ranking of the top city park systems among the 40 largest U.S. cities. The park rating system uses GIS to create digital maps that evaluate accessibility beyond simply a measurement of distance, as well as park size, services and investment. For these measurements, the ranking […]


A special themed issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine focuses on six GIS-based studies that make the connection between geographic location and human health. The issue takes a global view, with studies from the United Kingdom and elsewhere that take a strong look at behaviors, neighborhood environments, and health. A study titled ‚ÄúSpatial […]

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UBC’s Decision Theatre Visualizes Climate Change

by Matt Ball on February 15, 2012

The Decision Theatre at the University of British Columbia’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) pulls together information to package potential futures. The theater displays computer-generated visualizations that are grounded in scientific data, to help communities and policymakers understand the local impacts of climate change and visualize the results of different strategies. According to professor […]


The FBI today released a public document that outlines a social media application that would harvest information from social networking sites and then map and analyze that information. The call is for a “geospatial alert and analysis mapping application” to search publicly available social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter for national security threats. […]


Kendra McLauchlan, an assistant professor of geography at Kansas State University and director of the university’s Paleoenvironmental Laboratory, has just been named to a list of the top 150 scientists in the history of Kansas. This award adds to the National Science Foundation CAREER Award that she received in 2010. McLauchlan’s research involves the reconstructing […]


Recognizing and Calculating Natural Capital

by Matt Ball on January 16, 2012

Pavan Sukhdev has a fascinating TED Talk on the subject of putting value to nature. He uses economics to explore the value of Earth’s assets, and puts many practices in perspective in terms of their overall economic cost. The calculation factors in the commercial value vs. the properties of nature that are of value to […]


Andreas Sevtruk, a researcher with the CityForm Lab that was first at MIT and now at the Singapore University of Technology & Design, discussed the Urban Network Analysis Toolbox today at the GeoDesign Summit in Redlands. This toolbox is an open source tool that works with ArcGIS 10. Not much has been done to understand […]


The BioWeatherMap initiative looks to uncover insight into the geographic and temporal distribution of microbial life through an distributed and volunteer environmental sensing effort. The intent is to gather environmental samples from around the world that will be DNA sequence for ongoing discovery and surveillance. This effort teamed with Autodesk to explore the visualization aspects […]


Over the weekend, NPR highlighted the work of researchers in Baltimore that are following addicts and their behavior very closely to track movement as well as the behaviors that coincide with their drug use. Researchers in the methadone program that serves addicts are studying specifically what makes addicts relapse with a smartphone program that requires […]


BBC Dimensions Puts Events Into Perspective

by Matt Ball on October 30, 2011

The BBC is on a quest to provide a human scale to events and places in history in a way that we can all understand. Their How Big Really? and How Many Really? web sites provide an appreciation of events in a way that we can all relate to. The map-based understanding of the ‘How […]