Creation of Digital Contours That Approach the Characteristics of Cartographic Contours

The capability to easily create digital contours using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software has existed for decades. Out-of-the-box raw contours are suitable for many scientific applications without pre- or post-processing; however, cartographic applications typically require additional improvements. For example, raw contours generally require smoothing before placement on a map. Continue reading

Fall Foliage Prediction Map 2016

What many people love most about the fall are the vibrant colors that mark the transition from summer to winter. Temperature, the amount of sunlight, and precipitation all affect how quickly the foliage will change from green to red, yellow, or orange. This interactive tool illustrates where autumn colors are peaking across the United States.

The map uses data from NOAA precipitation forecasts, daylight and temperature forecasts, historical precipitation data for this year, as well as other government and private data sources to visually indicate the foliage change between August and November, noting seven degrees of change. In addition to helping users plan a weekend getaway to enjoy fall’s many colors, the site offers some science trivia about what causes leaves to be certain colors and why leaves fall.  Check it out!


Brief Survey About GIS Analytics

My name is Jordan Sugar and I am a student with the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles. As part of my Master’s Thesis, I am working with a team of MBA students to provide consulting services for a company that provides usage and performance analytics and capacity testing for spatial web services (like a Google Analytics for web-based maps). The company is interested in expanding operations to the United States, and our goal is to determine if an expansion would be successful and to provide a relevant recommendation.

We have put together a brief survey about GIS analytics, and I wanted to see if you would be willing to share it with your members. As an extra incentive, one lucky respondent will receive a $50 Amazon gift card! Here is a link to the survey:

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Thank you for your time and assistance!

Jordan Sugar
UCLA Anderson, Class of 2017