Monthly Archives: August 2008

Hurricane Gustav GIS data, Imagery and path compared to Katrina

Wow, dejavu! Here we am almost 3 years to the day on a Sunday morning as I find myself searching around for some real-time imagery and data showing a major Hurricane headed towards the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Perhaps the quickest way to access imagery and graphics showing the path of Gustav is via WeatherUnderground. NOAA’s hurricane center is also a must-visit resource as is the NOAA NowCoast real-time webmapping service at
Perhaps of interest to some of you is the GIS data product available from NOAA (SHP file) for storm surge probabilities (.ZIP) – see NOAA for latest data updates. For more image captures from Hurricane Gustav and Katrina see here.

Other relevant weblinks:

Hurricane Gustav as seen Sunday AM via NOAA Goes Imagery
GOEES Imagery from 2005 showing the well developed eye of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Gustav path (Source: WeatherUnderground) Interesting as compared to the path that Hurricane Katrina took in 2005 (below)

From the UK – Map reading skills dying out – Paper vs Google Maps!

An interesting post on a cartography discussion list this AM references an article from the UK where claims from Mary Spence, the President of the British Cartographic Society, point out that children’s Map reading skills are ‘dying out due to internet and satnavs’. I like this reference… “Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference in London, Ms Spence said internet maps such as google or multimap are often inconsistent and inaccurate. Also in the article…Ed Parsons, geospatial technologist at Google, said “the internet would not lead to the death of the paper map.” This is definitely a fine topic to raise particularly as concepts of cartography, knowledge of spatial reference systems etc… are rarely discussed when one thinks of “internet mapping” – see more

wikiloc – share GPS tracks via Google Earth

A clever app enabling users to upload and share GPS tracks via Google earth. Wikiloc brings together those who store their GPS tracks and enables upload and sharing via Google earth – reminds me somewhat of Nokia’s Sports Tracker application! see Users can also add photos to go along with the GPS data. Here’s a tip.. users can even bring their Nokia Sports Tracker trips into the service.. to read more on this see here

WOW GIS technologies at the ESRI user conference

On the floor at the ESRI user conference. It’s always a flurry of activity and it’s always one of my favorite things to do at the UC… browse the exhibition hall floor and see all the great new apps and gadgets, while getting the low-down straight from the ESRI partners and solution providers. Read on for details including some pics and videos clips

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Denver DNC city guides

Those wandering around Denver for this week’s DNC might be able to make use of some local city guides… Wcities has just come out with a Denver guide containing over 150 Points of Interest including all of the hottest spots and most popular places around Denver’s Colorado Convention Center, this convenient destination guide is the easiest way around the city. This free guide, available via PDF, can be downloaded at And if I could suggest another local search tool, see the Denver Schmapplet – see

Shozu upgrade or ???

Looks like Shozu is undergoing some maintenance… recall Shozu is an amazing resource enabling mobile users to upload images, video, email, txt or what have you to virtually any popular social networking resource – for me its invaluable for loading flickr photos and youtube videos. I noticed yesterday that service simply stopped abruptly in the afternoon – I was at the Rockies game uploading images to flickr. Now today I noticed on shozu that my user profile is whacked… i.e. none of my stored sites seem to be saved in my setup any longer… Ouch! Lets hope this gets sorted out soon. If you aren’t familiar with Shozu and you frequently upload media to your blogs or social networking sites then you need to check it out (when they get back up! – see

EveryBlock adds Seattle, Boston, and DC

Looks like EveryBlock is still growing, now with the addition of three more cities to the portfolio (that’s 8 in total) . New additions this week are Boston, Seattle, and DC. Recall EveryBlock is an extensive mashup that provide loads of public information to users, including fire inspection reports, news, restarant inspections, and much more, like photos (flickr, Panoramio), real estate listings (Trulia) and much more.. all focused on your specific neighborhood or block. See more at – thanks for the heads-up on this James!