When technology fails: a cautionary tale from the Gulf

GCN Lab director John Breeden writes about his memories of another disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and the literary project it inspired.

Portland Mass Transit creates geospatial maps and apps for commuters

Portland's TriMet transit agency is using open-source tools to provide customers with interactive maps and downloadable applications.

NASA data lets scientists map forests (and the trees)

Scientists have developed the world's first global forest height data map using satellite data from NASA.

GIS applications move to cell phones

one of the most intriguing new developments at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego is the extension of high-end GIS applications and tools to cell phones.

Geospatial takes on new dimensions

Software developers unveiled a variety of products capable of generating 3D imagery from 2D geospatial data at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego.

How do we know an earthquake's epicenter?

Earthquakes in the Eastern United States are rare, because the region is relatively geologically stable, but when a quake hits, it's felt much further from its epicenter than a West Coast earthquake. The location, strength and depth of an earthquake are determined by detecting the series of waves it generates.

Spill prompts NOAA to define its data management architecture

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is defining the architecture needed to effectively manage, store and disseminate data to the public and other agencies in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill.

How big is the oil spill? See how far it would stretch in your hometown

Just how far does the spill from BP's Deepwater Horizon rig really go? It's easy to lose sight of the scale of the millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, but what if the source of the gusher were in your hometown?

New space race is on for satellite positioning systems

The United States' monopoly on satellite positioning systems will soon end as other nations build their own constellations of navigation satellites.

Fixing the flaws in North American maps

Twentieth-century mapping techniques have not kept pace with 21st-century geospatial technology, and the National Geodetic Survey has begun a 10-year program to update the National Spatial Reference System that the nation’s mapping and surveying are built on.

New tech tracks space debris

New technology allows tracking of space junk without supercomputers.

Tsunami forecasting in real time

Prototype system accurately predicts tsunamis with GPS measurements.

Philadelphia takes GIS to the city limits

Having consolidated systems across the city, Philadelphia is now bringing geographic information systems tools to nearly all its departments.

MapInfo Stratus takes to the cloud

Pitney Bowes Business Insight introduces MapInfo Stratus, an application that lets users access location data via cloud computing.

Library of Congress aids geospatial data preservation

The Library of Congress and Columbia University are creating a Web-based information hub to provide best practices, tools, methods and services to assist organizations in preserving geospatial data.

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