Supercomputer tapped for 3D models of oil spill

The National Science Foundation has made an emergency allocation of 1 million compute-hours on a supercomputer used at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas to create 3-D models of the spreading oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

How the Army ensures the reliability of its troop-tracking system

The Blue Force Tracking system uses a global network to deliver command and control and situational awareness to the soldier in the field, and the Army has turned to NitroSecurity for security management.

Digital maps help bail out flooded NJ county

More than 10,000 maps made available online as part of a digitization project in Atlantic County, N.J., proved a boon to FEMA during recent flooding.

Volcano's fury gives NOAA a chance to try out new computer models

A lack of data about volcanic ash plumes makes accurate predictions difficult, but new computer models NOAA is testing could improve the science of forecasting the hazardous clouds.

DOD adds satellite connection to network

The Defense Department is now using a connection port from SES World Skies and DRS Technical Services to supplement the Defense Information Network.

Tsunami prediction technology proves its worth

When the 8.8 earthquake struck Chile on Feb. 27, NOAA was providing detailed and accurate reports in hours about what potentially affected communities should expect.

Government maps path to geospatial data

Geospatial experts see game-changing shift in geospatial technology, empowering federal managers not just geospatial specialists.

Improved GIS tool gives data a fresh look

ESRI, a maker of mapping and data management software, hosted a symposium on data visualization centered around a new product launch.

Accela rolls out Automation 7.0

Accela offers two new products, Mobile Office and Automation 7.0

Google to bring NOAA data to new heights

The research and development agreement brings together the data and expertise of NOAA scientists with the data handling and software expertise of Google.

2004 tsunami spurred development of NOAA warning system

When a tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004, NOAA’s warning system was in its infancy. Today it has matured into an international network of sensors providing near-real-time data to sophisticated models to produce detailed forecasts and warnings.

TrafficLand to deliver video to Bing Maps

Live traffic video aggregator TrafficLand is selected by Microsoft to provide traffic video for Bing Maps.

The next step for agency GIS: shared services

ESRI founder and president Jack Dangermond talks about how government agencies are capitalizing on geographic information systems and describes his notion of turning geospatial databases into services.

DISA ordered to contribute to geospatial intelligence suite

DISA and other DOD organizations must contribute to a suite of geospatial intelligence visualization tools, according to memo from DOD Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren.

Software tools give public safety agencies a common view during emergencies

Tools such as WebEOC and E*Sponder give multiple public safety agencies a common operating view.

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