Here we are at the end of another week, albeit a very busy week. For those who dropped by to chat at the Esri Petroleum GIS Conference in Houston, we're glad you could make it! For now, we wish everyone a happy holiday weekend and some quality time away from your desk.
Anyone who has grown up in the American public school system knows the Mercator projection commonly used for world views, whether they realize it or not. This projection has a bad rep for distorting the shape of many countries. Although this is the “standard” map used in schools, public schools in Boston have begun shaking things up. As explained in this article, this school system began introducing the Peters (e.g., Gall-Peters) projection into the equation to “decolonize the curriculum.” Maps will be phased in over the next three years, based on an approach arranged by the school board. Here’s to hoping this change gets young minds thinking and other school systems following suit.
When most of us use Esri basemaps, we have our typical go-to maps. However, did you know that the Community Maps Program allows for the contribution of customized vector maps? This article talks about how these maps may be used for education purposes, pointing to a few select basemaps that are sure to be a hit with the whimsical side of us all.
Day in and day out, we are used to staring at and studying maps of the Earth’s exterior…finding the route from point A to point B, viewing population on a global scale, and all of that fun stuff. What about maps of the Earth’s interior? This article talks about the visualization of the first global tomographic model based on seismic data generated by earthquakes and one of the world’s fastest super-computers.
Last year, the European Space Agency enacted the Scientific Assessment of Ocean Glitter (SArONG) project. Not only does this project have an awesome name, it seeks to use the often distracting power of sun glitter for good. Sun glitter is the reflection of light off of a body of water. When originally founded, researchers were hoping to develop a method by which to translate Sentinel-2 imagery of sun glitter on water to discern direction, height, and movement of waves. This article explains these developments and what these could be used for in seafaring developments.
Later this year – August 21, 2017 to be precise – millions of people across the United States will get to see a total eclipse of the sun. Interested in past solar events or want to see maps showcasing the best places to watch the phenomena? This site showcases that for all those looking.