Updating Aerial Imagery and other Government GIS News

It's spring - and time to capture aerial images before the trees bud! Lancaster County, PA is doing it with NGA and USGS (local paper). Summerland in BC is doing it on its own (local paper).

- various outlets

Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled Socrata-powered http://www.MetroChicagoData.org , the nation's first data convergence cloud that brings public data from the City of Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois into a single Open Data portal, for easy access by residents and businesses in the Metro Chicago area.

There is an API, but I don't believe you can download the data.

- press release

The USDA Forest Service's Eastern Forest and Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Centers recently unveiled a product that helps natural resource managers rapidly detect, identify, and respond to unexpected changes in the nation's forests by using web-based tools. ForWarn, a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool, recognizes and tracks potential forest disturbances caused by insects, diseases, wildfires, extreme weather, or other natural or human-caused events. The tool, available at http://www.forwarn.forestthreats.org, complements and focuses efforts of existing forest monitoring programs and potentially results in time and cost savings.

Published Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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