California As An Island Map Exhibit

Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, many believed California was a remote island with plenty of gold, free-loving amazons, and strange beasts.

A new exhibit at Cal State Fullerton’s Pollak Library features a selection of maps from the Roy V. Boswell Collection for the History of Cartography, one of the University’s special collections. The exhibit, “California As an Island and Worlds That Never Were,” will be on display Jan. 22 to March 29 in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery.

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NOAA Releases First GOES-16 Image

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first image taken by Harris Corporation’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) onboard their next-generation weather satellite. The image taken from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-16 (GOES-16) is of Earth’s full western hemisphere with detailed cloud and water features.

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Uber Movement

Uber is providing access to anonymized data from over 2 billion trips to help improve urban planning around the world.  Uber movement provides a new way on how traffic is moving around in your city.  It was designed in partnership with urban planners and transportation professionals.  Tools are included to analyze traffic changes over time.  Check it out!


Thanks goes to Barry Waite for finding this one!

Mapping Building Shadows

Check out this article about mapping building shadows of New York City.  Building shadows were measured using a shadow accumulation technique and the dates of December 21 (winter solstice), June 21 (summer solstice), and September 22 (autumnal equinox) were chosen for the shadow profile.  Shadows can be greatly distorted when they are near the horizon, so all the shadows in the model were estimated from one and a half hours after sunrise and one and a half hours before sunset.


Thanks goes to Mary Bates from College of the Canyons for finding this article!