Friday, September 30, 2016

Enhanced Shuttle Global Land Elevation Data Available

High-resolution topographic data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in 2000, previously only available for the United States, will be released globally over the next year, the White House announced today. The announcement was made at the United Nations Heads of State Climate Summit in New York.

This initial public release of topographic data for Africa will help empower local authorities to better plan for the impacts of severe environmental changes such as drought, glacial retreat, inland flooding, landslides and coastal storm surges. Datasets covering the remaining continents will be made available within one year, with the next release of data focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Open Source Climate Maps Using IPCC Data

Very nice application by Bart Römgens allowing one to visualize on maps a host of climate related variables. The maps can be animated as well to view changes over time. Visit Climatemaps.

New Los Angeles Metro Website/Trip Planner

The Los Angeles Metro opened up a new beta version of its website for public review. The map seems extremely useful and does not require a lot of drill-down to get to what you want to find out. Check it out at:

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