A programme that dispatches student researchers to train civil society organisations in the developing world in data handling skills so that they can track aid and development spending in their locality is expanding this year. AidData’s Summer Fellows programme entails sending 'student fellows' for two to three months during the US summer to organisations around the world. Here's some of the work they did.
Understanding geographic relationships is key to understanding how to properly use Census Bureau data. This article sheds some light on how these different entities relate to one another. It focuses on geographic relationships that exist below the national level, such as ZIP Code tabulation areas and school districts.
Arizona State University alumnus Adam Kiefer, a geographic informations systems (GIS) specialist, works to protect the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He developed a public safety program that has advanced to the final round of the Google Impact Challenge, a competition that supports nonprofit organizations using technology to confront complex problems. He proposed real-time tracking and mapping of Virunga National Park, as well as a phone-mapping system, that the four million Congolese living in and around the park could use to report security issues.
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Humans have been observing Earth for a very long time simply because the conditions of the Earth are basic to our survival and our prosperity. Even the most ancient written records are filled with accounts of great floods, famines, and earthquakes. When to plant and when to harvest, how to use precious water resources most effectively, and ways to avoid natural disasters are all age-old challenges that have encouraged Earth observation from the beginning of civilization. But now we observe from afar.
The Landsat 8 satellite is helping researchers spot aquatic algae from space, gathering information that could direct beachgoers away from contaminated bays and beaches. With improved sensors and technology on the latest Landsat satellite, researchers can now distinguish slight variations in the color of coastal water due to algae or sediments to identify potential problem areas.
When rescue and recovery crews make their way through communities devastated by hurricanes, tornados and wildfires, what they need are maps to help them get around safely. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ writer Dr. JoAnne Castagna is looking forward to an uneventful hurricane season, but in case it’s not, USACE is prepared!