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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Using Satellite Images to Map Insurance Claims

The Florida Farm Bureau is using GIS and Satellite images to map the damage caused by recent hurricanes. This information is then used to assess claims and assign claim agents.
Read more at Using Satellite Images to Map Insurance Claims

Monday, September 27, 2004

GPS Guides Blind Walkers

An article at explains how GPS units connected to a laptop computer in a shoulder bag can help blind walkers find their way via voice commands. The systems are programmed to give detailed travel instructions and provide information about businesses and landmarks passed enroute.
Read more about GPS Guides Blind Walkers

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Hurricane Jeanne Track Map

Track maps for Hurricane Jeanne have been posted at the National Weather Service Tropical Storm Prediction Center. Both three and five day track maps are available.

Read more at Hurricane Jeanne Track Map

Friday, September 24, 2004

Underground Mine Map Access for Indiana

The Indiana Geological Survey has developed a website where visitors can view underground coal mine maps.

View Indiana's Underground Mine Maps

Thursday, September 23, 2004

GIS training for Emergency Planners

FEMA has added DeLorme's XMap Editor to their training curriculum for firefighters and emergency planners. The program includes: 1) Importing data in a variety of formats, 2) Collecting field data using GPS, 3) creating a GIS database, 4) displaying, analyzing, and querying data.
Read more at GIS Training for Emergency Planners

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Online Flood Maps at

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has flood insurance rate maps for selected areas of the United States online for free viewiing.
View the maps at Online Flood Maps

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Aftermarket Navigation System

Didn't get a navigation system with your last car? Its not too late! The Magellan RoadMate is a great choice. You can have it permanently mounted or keep it portable to move between your vehicles.

check it out at Magellan RoadMate - Aftermarket Navigation System

Monday, September 20, 2004

Maps for Subaru Primal Quest of Red Lodge, MT, producer of durable custom topo maps is providing lightweight, waterproof maps for all 75 teams competing in the 2004 Subaru Primal Quest adventure race. has supplied maps for many of the top adventure races in the nation, including the New Balance Beast of the East, United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA) Adventure Race National Championship, New York Adventure Racing Association (NYARA) Longest Day Adventure Race, Planet Adventure 30 Hour Challenge, Rattlesnake Racing Sidewinder Challenge, and Kentucky Adventure Race Weekend and others.
Follow the race at Subaru Primal Quest and order your maps at

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Current Tropical Storm Track Maps

Dr. Thomas Metcalf at the University of Hawaii has a website where you can access current tropical storm tracks on worldwide or regional basemaps.
See the storm track maps Current Tropical Storm Tracks

Friday, September 17, 2004

Students study Hurricane Ivan Track Map

Students at Dixie Heights High School are studying Hurricane Ivan Track Maps and many other types of weather information. Students enjoy using real data from events in the news as part of their learning.
Read more at Hurrican Ivan Track Map at

Thursday, September 16, 2004

GPS sales in Africa, Middle East, Europe surge reports that GPS sales to Africa, Middle East and Europe surged during the first 1/2 of 2004. Sales during that period were greater than for all 12 months of 2003 combined.
Read more at GPS sales in Africa, Middle East and Europe

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

GPS Tracking - Parole, Probation, Sex Offenders

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 4.7 million are on probation or parole, and over 600,000 are sex offenders that require monitoring. This article at GPS World is the best summary that I have seen of how GPS can be use to keep track of these people.
Read more at GPS Tracking

Monday, September 13, 2004

Hurricane Ivan Satellite Images

Earth Observatory is posting satellite images of Hurricane Ivan. This image shows the storm south of Cuba on September 10th.
More images at Hurricane Ivan Satellite Images page at Earth Observatory.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Hurricane Ivan Track Map

The National Weather Service has posted track maps for Hurricane Ivan. Both three day and five day forecast tracks are available.
Read more at Hurricane Ivan Map page at NWS

Friday, September 10, 2004

Mapping Deer - Car Accidents

Dr. Philip Tappe and his students at the University of Arkansas are using GIS to map and understand the distribution of deer - car accidents. They map the accident locations and compare them with other geographic variables. They have developed a model that estimates the probability of a deer - car accident at any given highway location.
Read more about Deer - Car Accidents at

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Grand Canyon Satellite Image

USGS has posted a gallery of interesting satellite images. Locations from all parts of the Earth are included - here is a satellite image of the Grand Canyon from their collection.
See more at Grand Canyon Satellite Image.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Volcanic Eruption at Mt. Egon - Indonesia

Thousands of people have been evacuated as Mount Egon in Indonesia spews ash up to 2500 meters from the crater. This MODIS satellite image shows the large cloud of ash and smoke that has been erupted (image acquired on September 4.
Read more at Earth Observatory's Mount Egon page.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Free Internet Trip Planning or Purchase a GPS?

The online edition of the Washington Post has a very thoughtful article on the merits of using one of the free internet mapping websites such as MapQuest or purchasing a GPS unit with software to use on your laptop. (Access to this article is free but you will need to register to read it.) Every person has different map reading skills and different attitudes about time and money - so you will need to make up your own mind.

I love maps and GPS but I also like to hold on to my money. However, I recently decided to treat myself to a DeLorme Earthmate. After just one trip I immediately realized that I should have been using GPS in the car a long time ago. If is still possible to make a wrong turn - but you realize immediately and the GPS with maps on your laptop can get you back on the right track quickly. I love maps and I like money but my TIME and peace of mind when driving to an important destination make the GPS an investment. My only advice is to learn how to use it and get it set-up before you hit the road.
Read more at The Washington Post
Obtain a DeLorme Earthmate at Digital Map Store

Monday, September 06, 2004

Pop vs. Soda Map

You have probably heard many people refer to soft drinks as "pop" or "soda" or "coke". If you wonder WHERE those terms are used check out the map created by Matthew Campbell and Greg Plumb. Their map CLERLY shows where these terms are most frequently used.
Read more at Pop vs. Soda Map

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Maps for Color Blind Cyclists

More and more people are biking to work in Beaverton, Oregon and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Washington County has prepared a new bike map to guide them. The map has incorporated a color palette that enables all lines and shading to be seen by color-blind map readers. Certainly more maps should consider this as a full seven percent of the male population is color blind. Only about 0.5% of women are color blind.
Read more at Maps for Color Blind Cyclists by

Saturday, September 04, 2004

NAHC Tests Custom Topo Maps

The North American Hunting Club has given "Field Test Approved" status to NAHC field testers had the opportunity to order and field test custom printed maps and aerial photos from and over 95% of the testers were pleased with the service.
Check out

Friday, September 03, 2004

Pareechu River, Tibet Landslide

A large landslide in Tibet early this summer blocked the flow of the Pareechu River, forming a natural dam that will soon be overtopped. The overtopping and/or failure of this dam will likely flood communities downstream in northern India.

Read more at Pareechu River, Tibet Landslide

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Hurricane Frances Satellite Image

Earth Observatory is posting satellite images of Hurricane Frances. This satellite image shows Hurricane Frances approaching the Caribbean and remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston over the Atlantic Ocean south of Long Island.
More info and images at Hurricane Frances Satellite Image

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Hurricane Frances Map

The Tropical Prediction Center of the National Weather Service is publishing forecast track maps for Hurricane Frances. Landfall is expected at approximately 2:00 PM Saturday on the eastern coast of Florida
More information and updates at TPC's Hurricane Frances Map

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