Many Americans are heading into a long weekend filled with pool parties and shenanigans thanks to Labor Day. Many of those in Texas and Louisiana, unfortunately, will be involved in much less "fun" activities as they repair the damage caused this week by Hurricane Harvey and help to lift up their neighbors and those in their community. It's been a heavy week here in Houston so here's a little shining light here at the end - or at the very least, something to help you knock out a few minutes before you're back to more soggy news stories.
The concept of maps having the ability to lie is not a new one. Sure, we aren't able to catch them in the act by subtle signals like shifting eye contact or their noses growing. Instead, their lies are caught in more complex ways - like reviewing the underlying data, having knowledge of the company or person who created it to discern their intent, or ensuring its source is legitimate in the first place. Hopefully, this is not new information to you. If it is, well...let me just say you are really going to be thanking this article for picking up one more scrappy map-reader and showing them the way.
Another day, another shale play - this time, Mancos Shale. Located in New Mexico, Mancos Shale seems to be starting to show bang for its buck. Now pumping quantities higher than anticipated, this article talks about one of BP's newer investments and how it is paying off.
If you're on the hunt for brushing up on your hydrographic modeling skills in ArcGIS, this one is for you. Esri has put together an ArcGIS Pro-specific lesson on determining flood-prone areas by combining unit hydrographs and rainfall-runoff models.
Those who have utilized drones for collecting imagery or even used the product's of their side job as a mapping aficionado have "hopefully" given thought to the accuracy of the data they are seeing. The real concern here is what does "accurate" actually mean and what metrics help us to determine it? This article speaks to this, outlining ways to help make sure that data is more than a pretty picture.
Esri's vector basemaps have received quite a facelift (err, surface lift?) as of late. Check out this article to learn more.
Although not our most light-hearted pick for #MapOfTheDay, this one hits right at home. Pulled together by members of NAPSG, this online map relies on crowd-sourced images of Hurricane Harvey's impact. High water, helping hands, and misplaced critters abound!