Resolution Tests for MU UAV Imagery

In preparation for Mansfield’s new imaging UAV, I performed some tests with our primary imaging camera today to determine the potential resolution of the sensor, spatial coverage, and its viability for various imaging applications. In estimating the potential power of our sensors, it appears we might be capable of mapping on a scale that is largely unseen (“micro-mapping”), with the drone potentially capable of providing very high resolution remotely sensed imagery. However, testing was needed to confirm such possibility before application of the technology in the field.

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Re-Constructing the Map: NBC’s Geographic Imagination and the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics

Note: This is a paper, co-authored with Emily Fekete at the University of Kansas, which was inspired by a much earlier blog entry. It was accepted for publication by Sociological Research Online, and this page will “go dark” upon final publication in SRO.

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Launch M-01 – September 14, 2013

This past Saturday, Mansfield University hosted its first night football game since 1892, back when it hosted the first ever night football game. Some 121 years later, the university finally installed lights at its (“sprint”) football stadium and had a big party with it. To kick off the balloon mapping program at Mansfield, I planned to send up a balloon over the event to capture some aerial photos of the stadium and to do some mapping.

Luckily, I had a great crew of MU Geography & Geology students who took the reins so I could sit back and supervise. Continue reading “Launch M-01 – September 14, 2013”

Launch M-01-T – September 13, 2013

Tomorrow evening, September 14, Mansfield University is hosting its first night football game since 1892, back when it hosted the first ever night football game. Some 121 years later, the university finally installed lights at its (“sprint”) football stadium. As a way to kick off the balloon mapping program at Mansfield, I thought we would send up an imaging balloon over the stadium to capture the evening. Continue reading “Launch M-01-T – September 13, 2013”

CFP – Future Directions in Geoweb Research: an alt.conference of Big Data, Theory and Geography’s Role

We’d like to call attention to the unique format we are able to facilitate. We’re encouraging submissions for short lightning talk panels that do not interfere with your ability to present more substantial papers at the AAG.

The lightning talks are organized by theme and will then be discussed by panelists including Rob Kitchin, Nadine Schuurman, Matt Wilson, Matt Zook, Jeremy Crampton, Monica Stephens, Mark Graham, David O’Sullivan, Agnieszka Leszczynski, Renee Sieber, and others.

The purpose of the alt.conference is to give an opportunity for younger scholars to receive immediate feedback and begin discussions with more senior researchers. Contributions will then be solicited for potential inclusion in an edited volume.

Consider submitting a short talk and encouraging others to do so as well.

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GEO 106’s Full Tree Inventory of UWFox

This fall, for the GEO 106 classwide project, we were asked by UWFox dean Dr. Martin Rudd to take an inventory of trees on campus in support of the TreeCampus USA initiative. Each group was responsible for mapping approximately a quarter of the over 500 trees on the campus in two formats: a shapefile with attributes, and a Sketchup file that could be added to the existing UWFox Google Earth model.

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Balloon Launch F-01 – December 5, 2012

Originally planned to launch as part of GIS Day, and then having been three times delayed by weather, we finally launched the first balloon imaging mission on December 5, 2012. The original intended use for the data was to supplement GEO 106’s TreeCampus USA inventory, but it was not completed early enough for that application. Dr. Beth Johnson, as well as a handful of students, were very helpful in giving a hand for this launch.

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Shawn’s WLDAAG / ELDAAG Poster


Shawn Kargus, who’s been working on adapting aquaponics as a low-cost way to solve food deserts, received a Student Scholars grant to support his presentation of this work at the 2012 West Lakes / East Lakes of the AAG Joint Meeting in DeKalb, Illinois. Continue reading “Shawn’s WLDAAG / ELDAAG Poster”

US That Could’ve Been: Creating Timeline X’s Map with GIS

I’ve been dabbling around with an alternate historical geography of the United States that I’ve called “The United States That Could’ve Been.” So far, I’ve laid out the initial concept map of the altered U.S., and I’ve drafted an alternate timeline of events, called “Timeline X,” which is almost certain to be updated and improved upon a little later. I decided that I’d like to go a few more steps with this and create some bare basic demographic analyses in a GIS, and perhaps put together a little almanac with entries about each of the states. To start, I decided to use existing data from these places just to see, assuming that all other migration events and such else remained largely the same in Timeline X as it did in our reality, what the populations of these new states would be. Continue reading “US That Could’ve Been: Creating Timeline X’s Map with GIS”

US That Could’ve Been: Building Timeline X

This past December, I put together a sort of alternate history map of the United States called “The United States …That Could’ve Been.” It was nothing more than just a bit of fun in a dull and dry winter spell. All of the states created in that entry were based on existing real-life partition proposals that were either flat-out rejected or which flamed out. Continue reading “US That Could’ve Been: Building Timeline X”

Introducing a 3D Google Earth Model of UWFox

Objectives

Geographic Information Science is taught in the UW Colleges as GEO 106, a course designed to introduce students to various forms of geographic information. Goals of the course includes exposure to many skills, such as map reading and interpretation, map analysis, cartographic methods, remotely sensing data, and an understanding of technical applications of geographic remote systems. Continue reading “Introducing a 3D Google Earth Model of UWFox”