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Reduce and Reverse Tropical Forest Loss With NICFI

Tropical forests are large sources of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, due to deforestation. They could instead be a big part of the climate solution.  Through Norway’s International Climate & Forests Initiative (NICFI), users can now access high-reso...

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Cloud Optimized Point Clouds

Cloud Optimized Point Clouds ( COPC) allow you to stream point cloud data!  Cloud Optimized Geotiffs made raster data streamable and now its time for Point Clouds to be just as accessible!    https://weeklyosm.eu/  weeklyOSM updates the community, on...

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Full Stack Cartography

We cover a lot of ground in this episode but some of the key takes are:   A key difference between visualizing non-spatial data and spatial data is that non-spatial data gives you the freedom to choose the locations of different objects.  Design is not a...

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Artificial Intelligence

For some time, there was hype around AI and data science and that they would solve all of our problems. If you think AI solves every problem, then you’re overestimating its utility and where we’re at. However, on the other side, if you’re a business of a...

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Mid-Career Change

Grow your career — or reimagine it entirely, what do you do if find yourself wanting to make a change halfway through your career? This episode with Thierry Gregorius from https://truehorizoncoaching.com/ is more of a discussion than an interview and if ...

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Peer To Peer Mapping and Digital Democracy

This is a story about a peer-to-peer mapping technology that is enabling people to "fight maps with maps"   https://www.digital-democracy.org/ You can find Mapeo here https://www.digital-democracy.org/mapeo/   Promoting OSM projects OpenCage and Mapscap...

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Thermal Imagery From Space

Applications of thermal imaging from space include monitoring wildfires, urban heat islands, economic activity, and the built environment.  But it's not easy 😉    Connect with Robin Cole at https://robmarkcole.com/   Check out the Earth Observation Hub!...

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I Quit My Job

After 12 years of working as a GIS specialist / Consultant, I quit and I am ready to move on.    Looking back at the last 12 years if I could go back in time and give myself some advice I would tell myself these 8 things.   Boring Work won’t necessarily ...

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Monitoring Atmospheric Pollution From Space

It turns out that monitoring atmospheric pollution from space is really hard! But if you can do it will help you understand air quality, solar energy, ozone Layer and UV radiation, emissions and surfaces fluxes, and climate forcing    Contact Mark on Twi...

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Hex Tiles

The problem of unification: Spatial data comes in many different sizes, shapes, and formats making it a difficult and time-consuming process to join data for visualization, exploration, and analysis. Enter the Hex Tile system! Contact Foursquare:  conn...

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The Business of Web Maps

This is a story about a hobby project called Scribble Maps that grew into business… but it's also a story about the opportunities and challenges of creating geospatial tools for non-geospatial professionals. Jonathan Wagner “Its easy to get people to ma...

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Finding Water Leaks From Space

This is a story about finding water on Mars and adapting the technology to look for leaking pipes underground here on earth ... but in this story, we don't just solve the problem, we build a business around it!   Lauren Guy From https://asterra.io/    Sp...

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How To Keep Your Satellite Pointing At Earth

It turns out that satellites are not as passive as you might think, and in the case of earth observation satellites it's not easy to keep them pointing at earth!   But if you have a map of the stars, a sun tracker, and are able to keep an eye on...

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Bathymetric Lidar and Blue Carbon

This is a story about bathymetric Lidar... and how geo-tagged sharks led to the discovery of a huge nature-based carbon sink in the Bahamas.   More on this case study here: https://r-evolution.com/r-initiatives/oceans   The Ocean of Things  https://www.d...

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Re-Published – QGIS Offline And In The Field

Republishing this episode because of the audio issues with the original episode!     Mergin Maps lets you create QGIS projects that can be used to collect and edit data in the field. You see updates in near real-time, even from the field. Works offline. ...

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The Open Geospatial Consortium

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities ... but why should you care?    Maybe because this community is defining the future of geospati...

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Monetizing An Open-Source Geospatial Project

WhiteBox Contains over 500 geospatial analysis tools. Many of these tools have novel functionality that you won’t find in other software and it's FREE to use! But is it possible to monetize an open-source geospatial project? and if so how would you do th...

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Whitebox Tools Is The Backend To Many Frontends

WhiteBox Contains over 500 geospatial analysis tools. Many of these tools have novel functionality that you won’t find in other software and it's FREE to use! 

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QGIS Offline And In The Field

Mergin Maps – Offline Data Collection for QGIS Projects The guest for this episode is Peter Petrik, the CPO of Lutra Consulting. He previously worked in the automotive industry before transitioning to geospatial about eight years ago. Ever since joining Lutra Consulting, he has made use of his programming...

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Sentinel Hub

Sentinel Hub makes satellite data easily accessible for you to be browsed or analyzed within your own environment. Imagine something between The Microsoft Planetry Computer and Google Earth Engine and you are probably thinking about Sentinel Hub! https:...

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Unstructured Data Is Dark Data

This episode is all about Unstructured Data but alone the way you will be introduced to the concept of 1st 2nd and 3rd order metadata, edge computing, and knowledge graphs.   And yes "Dark Data" is a thing! 

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