Earth Wind Map

Check out this interactive Earth Wind Map.  The app is a visualization of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers and updated every three hours.  You can view air currents, ocean waves and sea surface temperature, CO/CO2/SO2 surface concentrations, and air containing particulates.  You can change projections and display settings by clicking in the lower-left corner of the app.


PostgreSQL Client Libraries for ArcGIS 10.3

After installing a PostgreSQL database to be used by our 10.3 version of ArcGIS Server and Desktop, I was looking for the PostgreSQL client libraries to install on my Windows machine.  And guess what?  There were none!

In the installs I could see the usual ones for Oracle and SQL Server, but nothing for PostgreSQL for Windows.  How am I going to use ArcCatalog to create a new Enterprise Geodatabase in PostgreSQL?

Digging around on the internet revealed that it was not needed anymore.  As explained in the ArcGIS 10.3 documentation, ArcGIS 10.3 Desktop, Server, and Engine now contain the necessary PostgreSQL client libraries.  You can now connect directly from ArcCatalog to a PostgreSQL database from ArcGIS 10.3 without having to install those pesky client libraries!

Think about that for a moment.  If you have to install ArcGIS Desktop on a bunch of user workstations, you don’t have to install the PostgreSQL client libraries as well.  It will just work.  That saves a lot of time for sure.

And think about this one … if ESRI is making sure PostgreSQL databases will work out of the ArcGIS box, what direction are they leaning toward for future Enterprise Geodatabase implementation?  They did not choose Oracle or SQL Server.  Think about that.


Web Mercator Visual and Data Analysis Fallacy

Many of you know my disdain for the Web Mercator projection.  Even the NGA in 2014 released a cease and desist regarding web mapping products for navigation and targeting due to inaccuracies.

Check out this post by Glen Bambrick as he demonstrates the problem with Web Mercator when it comes to data analysis of areas and visual presentation issues.


2016 ESRI User Conference Student Assistantship

If you are a graduate student or fourth-year undergrad and want to attend the ESRI Conference in San Diego this year, you might want to check out ESRI’s Student Assistantship program.  UC Students help ESRI staff with attendee registration, technical session monitoring, conference logistics, and the ESRI Store.

Besides helping out at the conference and being able to attend sessions and social events during your time off, you will receive:

  • Full registration to the Esri User Conference
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Per diem allowance for meals (you only pay for your travel and personal expenses)
  • The latest updates in GIS technology
  • A chance to surround yourself with like-minded GIS users/professionals
  • Professional connections that may potentially lead to career opportunities in GIS

For more info and to apply, visit the job page here.  The deadline to apply is March 25, 2016.

Local GIS Jobs This Week

CAD/GIS Technician – Los Angeles area

Urban Planner – Riverside area

Technical Advisor – ESRI, Redlands

Technical Computing Advisor GIS – Los Angeles area

GIS Administrator – City of Corona

Geosciences Faculty Position – Antelope Valley College

GIS Specialist – Solana Beach area

GIS Specialist Trainee/I/II – Riverside County

Information Technology Intern II – City of Torrance