Geographic Information System (GIS) Student Intern GS-0499-5/7/9

The Prescott National Forest is seeking candidates for a GS-0499-5/7/9 Geographic Information System (GIS) Student Intern position.  The position will be advertised through the Forest Service Pathways Program as a Student Intern (Biological Sciences) indefinite position (without a Not-To-Exceed date), which allows for non-competitive conversion to a permanent employee after successful completion of education degree requirements and on-the-job training.  The purpose of this outreach notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity.  To express interest in this position, please complete the attached voluntary Outreach Interest Form and return it to Tom Potter by close of business on May 16, 2014.

Polar Vortex Revenge? US Heat Waves Melted Greenland’s Ice By Becky Oskin, Senior Writer   |   April 25, 2014 01:50pm ET

In a reversal of this year’s extraordinary winter weather, Greenland suffered the wrath of North America’s epic heat waves in 1889 and 2012, a new study reveals.

“Last winter in the eastern United States, people associated the cold with the behavior of the polar vortex,” said lead study author William Neff, a fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “In fact the polar vortex can show two faces: a cold one or a warm one depending where you are. Last winter it showed its cold face to folks in the East. In the summer of 2012 it showed its warm face.” [Video: 2 Extreme Melt Events 123 Years Apart]  Click here to view the outstanding video.  Click here to read more.

A Striking New Way to Visualize Mobility

from    JOHN METCALFE    APR 28, 2014


For quick info on routes and travel times, there’s always Google Maps. But for a traveler wanting more of a beauteous, immersive experience, try Isoscope, a mapping tool that plots possible journeys in what looks like glowing-blue ectoplasm.

Isoscope is not a service one would use to get from point A to B. It’s more of a way to explore mobility in areas where travel conditions change hour by hour. First, set the map to zoom in on any place in the world and click it to site your imaginary traveler. A ghostly, translucent presence will then form, all splotches and tendrils. This cerulean shape is actually 24 different layers representing all the hours of the day. Track the mouse over the hours at the map’s bottom, and the shape’s outline will expand and contract to show how far you can get in a preselected two-to-ten minute car trip.

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Fun! “Baseball’s Borders” Map


Up Close on Baseball’s Borders



Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line. Mr. Rushin came up with the name — in honor of the late Yankee catcher Thurman Munson and the retired Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon — in 2003, and he had to guess where the line ran: “north of New Haven but south of Hartford, running the breadth of central Connecticut.”

We don’t have to guess anymore.  Click to read more. 


Posted on March 31, 2014 under Housing/ZoningOn Urbanism

Note: I owe both the concept for this measurement of income segregation and much of the actual data – all of it, except for 2012 – to Sean Reardon andKendra Bischoff, who wrote a series of wonderful papers on the subject and then were kind enough to send me a spreadsheet of their data from Chicago a while ago. The maps, however, are mine, as is all the data from 2012, and any mistakes in them or in the interpretation of the data is entirely my responsibility.


I think one reason I’ve felt less than compelled by Chicagoland, CNN’s reasonably well-made documentary series, is that its tale-of-two-cities narrative is so worn, so often repeated, that it’s become a little dull. Not the actual fact of inequality – which only seems to cut deeper over time – but its retelling.

In fact, I think the point has long passed at which simply repeating the story of Chicago’s stratification is equivalent to fighting it. For a lot of people, in my experience, it’s the opposite: an opportunity for distancing, for washing of hands. It’s a ritual in which we tell each other that this is the way it’s always been – The Gold Coast and the Slum was written about already well-entrenched institutions, after all, over three-quarters of a century ago – that these facts somehow seep out of the ground here, as much a part of the city as the lake, and that as a result there’s really nothing we can do about it.  Click to read more.


Balloon Lets Builders Check Out Future Towers’ Views


Who knew Gustavo’s balloon internship was really a business?


A big white balloon appeared in New York this week. First on the Lower East Side, then uptown, where 57th Street meets the East River.

The balloon, it turns out, frequently visits the city on business: Its job is to photograph potential views for architects and real estate developers.

“We’ve taken photos from every new skyscraper in the city,” said Curt Westergard, the president of Digital Design and Imaging Service, a company based in Falls Church, Va.

That is, before the buildings were built.

Mr. Westergard’s balloons became popular after Sept. 11, as new laws were enacted that placed more restrictions on urban airspace. It is illegal to fly drones commercially over urban areas, and most commercial helicopters are not allowed to hover at low elevations.  Click to read more. 

FAA ‘looking into’ $10K fine for drone recording of tornado disaster area



The Federal Aviation Administration, already facing criticism from private drone operators, has launched an investigation into drone use in the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that swept across the southeastern United States.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Tuesday that the FAA has initiated a probe into the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather aerial footage of the terrible scene in Arkansas, where at least 14 people died over the past few days due to the tornados. One of the worst hit areas was Mayflower, Arkansas, located just 40 minutes away from the state capital of Little Rock, where over a dozen people died. Click to read more.

2010 to 2011 Data Set Completes 15 Years of Land Cover Data for Southeast Coastal Region


April 29, 2014 — From 1996 to 2011, 15 percent of the U.S. Southeast coastal region experienced land cover or land use changes—that’s a total of 14,500 square miles and the equivalent of seven million football fields. With the release of land cover and change data gathered from 2010 to 2011, this discovery and many others are available instantly  from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Change Analysis Program ( C-CAP).

The area covered by C-CAP data includes the intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands of coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida that drain east into the Atlantic Ocean. C-CAP updates its nationally standardized database of regional land cover and change information every five years.

“The release of this latest data set means that C-CAP data users get a long-range view of changes in the coastal Southeast—for example, wetland losses and gains, development trends, and changes in forest areas over 15 years,” says Nate Herold, C-CAP coordinator at the NOAA Coastal Services Center. “That can lead to better-informed plans and decisions relating to hazard resilience, preservation of wildlife habitat, wetlands restoration, and other issues.”

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