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Spring 2012

There are several impressive images and internet mapping websites that highlight some of the latest technological advances in acquiring, processing, and distributing geo-spatial data.  Several are highlighted here:

Blue Marble The Blue Marble: The “Blue Marble" image of Earth snapped by the crew of Apollo 17 in 1972 is one of the most famous photos ever taken. When it appeared, we all suddenly saw the world in a much different way.  In the years since, NASA has added other "Blue Marble" photos to its collection, and has used technology to enhance and sharpen the images. Today the space agency unveiled what it's calling the "most amazing high definition image of Earth — Blue Marble 2012." This one was taken "from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite — Suomi NPP," NASA says, and is a "composite image [that] uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012." http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/features/bm_gallery_1.html
Wind Map: An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US right now.  http://hint.fm/wind/ wind Map

Biked any Good Maps Lately?: Michael Wallace, a Baltimore-based artist, uses his bike to capture GPS locations that he uses to make interesting images. http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/562-biked-any-good-maps-lately 

Our Far South:  A Morgan foundataion project aimed at raising New Zealanders’ awareness of the area south of Stewart Island.  They have a nice interactive map that highlights their expeditions. http://www.ourfarsouth.org/follow-the-trip.aspx

Landsat Imagery: Available from Esri, including the Change Matters Viewer. You can do a search and see images from two years, and the NDVI change for the range of years. http://www.esri.com/landsat-imagery/viewer.html

FlickrMap:  Free web application for exploring geo-tagged Flickr photos inside a map viewer. http://tamchuen.com/labs/apps/flickrmap/

NANOOS Visualization System (NVS):  NANOOS is the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems.  The area of interest is Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. They have a great internet mapping site, with graphs and other imagery.   http://www.nanoos.org/nvs/nvs.php