Free EPA Report on Climate Change Indicators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has published a new report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016 (Fourth Edition), which includes seven new indicators and a feature on climate and health.  EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.

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Cartographic Grounds

Mapping has been one of the most fertile areas of exploration for architecture and landscape in the past few decades. While documenting this shift in representation from the material and physical description toward the depiction of the unseen and often immaterial, Cartographic Grounds by Jill Desimini and Charles Waldheim takes a critical view toward the current use of data mapping and visualization and calls for a return to traditional cartographic techniques to reimagine the manifestation and manipulation of the ground itself.  Continue reading

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

Getting To Know Web GIS

“Getting to Know Web GIS, Second Edition” is ESRI’s new workbook featuring detailed, step-by-step exercises that teach readers how to share resources online and build web GIS applications easily and quickly.  Readers will learn how to quickly make web GIS apps using configurable app templates in ArcGIS Online; apply the ArcGIS Online cloud based analytics and smart mapping capabilities to create informative, meaningful, and beautiful maps; build 3D scenes within apps; and much more.  Continue reading

Finding Government Publications

The US government is one of the world’s largest publishers, both in paper and on the web.  More than 200 years ago Congress authorized the sending of free copies of certain government publications to libraries around the country.  This developed into the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), with more than 1,100 public, academic, and government libraries as members.  Each of these libraries receives government materials for free, and is required to make them available to the public.

The Federal Depository Library Program is run by the Government Printing Office (GPO), which recently changed it’s name to Government Publishing Office in order to indicate it is now more involved with electronic data rather than paper.

If you are looking for government publications and other federal information, give these online sources a try:  Continue reading

Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation

Very soon ESRI Press will be releasing the 8th edition of “Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation”.  The e-book will be available September 19th and the print book on November 7th.

Map Use is a comprehensive, foundational textbook, providing students with the knowledge and skills to read and understand maps, and offers professional cartographers a thorough reference resource.  Continue reading

1979 California Water Atlas

The California Water Atlas, published by the State of California, was a landmark atlas with the first comprehensive look at California’s extensive water system in a geographic context. The atlas itself measured about 18.5 x 16 inches and had hundreds of maps and infographics that told the story of California water in different ways.

The goal of the atlas was to “introduce Californians to the complex and compelling issues of water in the state, giving them the information they need to participate more actively in the decisions that governmental agencies make”. Continue reading