Wednesday, November 13th 2013
Sunday, November 10th 2013
Typhoon Haiyan (also called Yolanda) has hit the Phillipines killing likely over 1000 people. The crisis mapper communities have reacted fast and started to map the affected areas in
Wednesday, October 9th 2013
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food assistance branch of the United Nations. This article by Jim Baum from Esri, looks at how GIS is providing assistance in a variety of applications includeing finding optimum locations for emergency food stockpiles and the development of evacuation plans.
Monday, April 29th 2013
In September 2012, Jim Tobias, a Senior GIS Developer with
Thursday, April 18th 2013
Systems to provide static spatially continuous maps of infectious disease risk and continually updated reports of infectious disease occurrence exist but to-date the two have never been combined. This article addresses this issue as well as novel online data sources, such as social media, combined with epidemiologically relevant environmental information that provide valuable new data sources that can assist the “real-time” updating of spatial maps.
Monday, April 1st 2013
John Snow is famously known among geospatial professionals as demonstrating one of the first applications of spatial analysis to detect the cholera outbreak in London in 1854. This retrospective by Beth Skwarecki "brings together so many important aspects of public health that we’re still learning from today."
Wednesday, January 2nd 2013
As we move into 2013, Directions Magazine will deliver many more options for readers who want choices in how they get their news. See what's coming!
Wednesday, November 28th 2012
This past spring and summer,
Wednesday, October 31st 2012
Human activity in the Puget Sound region of Washington State has caused an uptick in the nitrogen level fueling algae growth. But how can this urgent environmental challenge be communicated to the general public? Students in the University of Washington’s Master’s Program in GIS created a solution.
Monday, September 24th 2012
When natural disasters strike, geospatial information technology can effectively support relief efforts. However, the impacts of these events could be minimized and considerable losses of life and property could be avoided with improved risk assessment, early warning and disaster monitoring. This article by a team of United Nations and university scholars provides a methodology for best practices.