From the USGS EROS

Fantastic news – we have TIRS and OLI images!   LDCM is performing as planned and everything is on track for a May operational transition.  The Landsat 7 underflight is next week, followed by an ascent to the WRS2 orbit.  Continuous imaging begins in early April.  

 Go to this link to see the images –

 Access free global Landsat imagery at

Visualize Conference 2013 at WWF


Exelis Visual Information Solutions is hosting a GIS and remote sensing-based conference, VISualize 2013, at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. on June 11th and June 12th of this year. This year’s conference will focus on how remote sensing and GIS applications can help solve issues regarding global change and environmental monitoring. In the past, speakers have addressed such topics as the monitoring of arctic sea ice over a multi-decadal period,  tracking deforestation and habitat fragmentation in Madagascar, and measuring the biomass of mangroves in Malaysia. Please find extensive information regarding the conference here . This link includes last year’s schedule and presentations to give you an idea of the topics and scope that can be presented.  The cost for students is $20.00.

Call for Trainers at GIS Conference

 Open Call for Geospatial Training Services

2013 Virginia GIS Conference

 Open Call to provide Training Services for the 2013 Virginia GIS Conference held in Williamsburg, VA on September 16 – 17, 2013.

The Virginia Association of Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS) sponsors Virginia’s premier GIS conference which includes hundreds of attendees from government (local, state, and federal agencies) and the private sector. We invite all interested geospatial trainers to respond to this call for training services.  Response Date: Interested training groups must respond to this request by 5:00 PM April 5, 2013.

Remit form(s) to and visit for more information

See the attached Call and Form for more information.

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Judges Needed at Centreville High School

Centreville High School”s GIS Fair will be on Friday, May 3rdfrom 7:30 AM to 2:30PM.  Judges are needed to help evaluate 92 students presenting their GIS projects.  The students will give 10 minute PowerPoint presentations and there will be five minutes for questions.  There will also be a poster contest for these same students.

 Judging will be in three sections

 7:30AM to 8:15AM introduction and breakfast

First section from 8:15AM to 9:30AM

Second section from 9:45AM to 11AM


Third section from 11:45AM to 1:15PM

Final evaluation and selection of winners from 1:15 to 2:30PM

Please contact Janice Ouellette for more information

USGIF 2013 Scholarship Program Open DEADLINE APRIL 19

USGIF 2013 Scholarship Program Open

USGIF is dedicated to assisting promising students interested in the geospatial sciences with scholarship awards to further the advancement of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. USGIF hopes to inspire students interested in all that GEOINT has to offer.The Scholarship Program provides the opportunity to invest in the future of this incredibly exciting and relevant field of study.

  • The Scholarship Program is open to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students.
  • All scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic and professional excellence in a field related to the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.
  • For more information:

Interested in Tutoring the basics of ArcGIS?

Here are some details about the project:

I am a faculty member at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI, currently on a leave of absence and living in Washington DC.  I am a professional artist engaged in a project that is essentially a story map of the railroad route between Detroit and Chicago.  I was introduced to ArcGIS by a librarian-cartographer at Yale University while on a fellowship in CT and am now hoping to get some assistance with understanding how to use the software to create simple story maps–especially to be used online from mobile devices.

As I am very much a paper and pencil sort of person I am seeking a face to face kind of tutorial with someone who can help me with the simplest map making components of the software–no major data analysis needed.  

If interested, please contact Dr. Krimmer.

Call for Presentations for the GIS in Transit Conference Oct 16-18 2013

The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR), Transportation Research  Board (TRB) and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are  organizing the 2013 GIS in Transit Conference taking place October  16-17 at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. The  jointly-organized conference is co-sponsored by the Federal Transit  Administration (FTA).

This conference is for transit planners, managers,  researchers and GIS industry experts who are interested in sharing ways to use  geographic and spatial analysis in transit planning, operations, and marketing  to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Presentation proposals are being accepted through April 1, 2013.

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Federal GIS Conference Notes

Notes from a student who attended ESRI’s Federal User’s conference:

Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, gave a talk.  She discussed “wicked problems”, environmental problems for which there seems to be no easy solution.  At the rate of present growth in consumption and population, we will need two planet Earth’s by 2030.  She mentioned Eye on Earth, a ‘global public information network for creating and sharing environmentally relevant data and information online through interactive map-based visualizations’, and INSPIRE, an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support Community environmental policies. 

Jack Dangermond, founder of ESRI, talked about how GIS is moving to the cloud and how Web Maps serve not just as a digital map display also as an interface through which users can access the original data. 

 The link below takes you to a demonstration of a Web Map being used to track social media in real time in Manhattan.  The dots that appear represent the locations of tweets.   (link not working, but you can watch the video of the 1st day of the conference to see the demonstration:

 Click on a dot and you see the actual textual content of the tweet!

 Another demonstrator showed how Search and Rescue (SAR) teams can use GIS to predict the most likely places that a lost person might be found.  For example, past experience shows that most people give up walking after three hours (simple buffer).  In addition about 52% walk uphill, 32% walk downhill, and 16% walk along the same elevation.  Patterns like this enable GIS analysts to create overlapping layers that help narrow down search areas for rescuers. 

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North Pole may be open enough for reinforced shipping by mid-century (ars technica)

“With Arctic sea ice reaching record lows, people have begun to explore routes through Canada’s Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route above the coast of Russia. These routes have the potential to significantly shorten transit times between Asia and both Europe and North America, reducing shipping costs and fostering international trade.     “North Pole may be open enough for reinforced shipping by mid-century

By mid-century, open water vessels (blue) could navigate above both Russia and Canada, while reinforced vessels could go straight across the pole.


Virginia Space Grant Consortium Deadline MARCH 15

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium awards 90-100 scholarships and fellowships. Please pass this on to your current freshman:

About us: The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research.The VSGC acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing aerospace-related and high technology educational and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth and connecting Virginia’s effort to a national community of shared aerospace interests.

 Each year we award multiple community college scholarships:  The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000 for students enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more) at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges.  Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission including, but not limited to, careers in the aerospace sector.

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