Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Seeing the forest through the cloud

Remote sensing of deforestation, degradation and regeneration is moving into the cloud and closer to the masses!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Climate change in Google Earth

Here is an interesting set of videos using Google Earth launched for the United Nation's Climate Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen this month.

Worldmapper cartograms

Thanks to Intro GIS student Justin Murazzo for this link. Really nice cartograms for various global variables.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Climate Change Biological Field Technician

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Opportunity location: San Francisco Bay area

Closing date (if specified): 11 Dec 2009

Opportunity Description:

Climate Change Biological Field Technician
Position duration: 3-9 months
Rate: GG 5: $17.45/hr
Duty Station: USGS San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station, Vallejo, CA

Global warming and sea-level rise couples with habitat loss and urbanization
are the greatest threats to wetland biodiversity. Our research program goal
is to evaluate the effects of projected sea-level rise on the endangered
species of San Francisco Bay salt marshes. Applicant will gain experience in
climate change science and endangered species research using a variety of
ecological data collection and analysis techniques.

Duties: Biological field technician is needed to assist in field work and
data analysis in evaluating the effect of climate change and sea-level rise
on the salt marsh endangered species. Field work will be done in San
Francisco Bay estuary. Main duties will include: elevation surveys with an
RTK GPS unit and vegetation surveys (50%), water level logger monitoring
(<10%), avian predation surveys(<10%), channel mapping(<10%), data analysis
using ArcGIS and Excel (50%) and other office duties as assigned.

Requirements: Applicant should possess a willingness to work in conditions
requiring hiking long distances doing elevation and vegetation surveys.
Applicant should be comfortable on small boats and in heavy, urban traffic
conditions. Experience with the operation of 4WD vehicles and boats,
computers and file management, and familiarity with San Francisco Bay
wildlife and plant species a plus. Experience using ArcGIS is necessary.
Applicant will often work independently.

Technician may be asked to work long hours (including early morning or
evening hours and some weekend days) to accomplish fieldwork. Good physical
condition, a current driver's license, and a good driving record are
required. Applicants must be able to lift 40 lbs.

Work will potentially begin in early January, 2010

Applications must be received by this date to be considered.

For more info, contact:

To Apply: Email or fax cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:

Kyle Spragens
505 Azuar Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94592
fax: 707-562-3001

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wind Energy Research Assistants (GIS) - Seasonal Staff

H. T. Harvey & Associates is a premier ecological consulting firm based in Northern California. We apply our expertise to create ecologically sound solutions for our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. Currently we are implementing a comprehensive study examining bat and bird collisions with wind turbines in the Montezuma Hills, California. The Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area is located near Fairfield, CA and the Sacramento River. The California Energy Commission is funding this study through a grant from their Public Interest Energy Research program.

We are seeking capable GIS research assistants to conduct intensive mortality searches for bats and birds in existing wind energy facilities this fall season from August 10 to October 14, 2009. The positions are seasonal. Fieldwork will include surveys involving extensive hiking, GPS data acquisition and data entry.

Applicants should have an interest in gaining field research experience and/or internship credit. These positions pay between 8-10 per hour. There will be a four day training period that will be required (survey protocols, safety and scheduling) and the work involves 10 day periods in the field with 4 day breaks between survey periods.

For more information about this project contact: Jim Castle

H. T. Harvey & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities strongly encouraged to apply.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Housing + Transportation Affordability Index

The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, was developed by CNT and its collaborative partner, the Center for Transit Oriented Development (CTOD), as a project of The Brookings Institution's Urban Markets Initiative.

Friday, May 22, 2009

10 Thoughts for Someone Contemplating a Geospatial Career Today

10 Thoughts for Someone Contemplating a Geospatial Career Today
By Vector One ⋅ May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Napa County Geographic Information Officer

Good afternoon,

Im writing to let you know about a job opportunity at the County of Napa. Im hoping you have graduating students who also have work experience that may be interested in this position.

The opening is for a GIS Analyst/Programmer, but is listed as an Information Systems Specialist II and a Senior Information Systems Specialist. A full job description and application can be found on the Countys jobs website at

I would appreciate it if you could pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.

Best Regards,

Patrick Kowta, GISP

Napa County Geographic Information Officer

ITS Department

650 Imperial Way, Suite 201

Napa, CA 94559

(707) 259-8141

UCLA summer GIS certificate

Monday, March 16, 2009

Vulcan CO2 maps in Google Earth

This is a very cool site with USA CO2 emissions from fossil fuels in 2002

Friday, March 6, 2009

ESRI summer interns - March 15 deadline!

Do you have a student looking for a unique way to spend their summer… an experience that allows students to learn and earn at the same time? ESRI is looking for summer interns, but time is short, the Internship application deadline is March 15, 2009!

Our Summer Internship Program provides valuable work experience while students continue their education or prepare for life after graduation. As an intern at ESRI, you’ll be involved in exciting team projects with some of the most talented people in the GIS software industry. Internships are available at ESRI headquarters in Redlands, California <> , and in our regional offices <> throughout the United States, and the program is open to both undergraduate and master’s-level students.

What We’re Looking For

A large number of our interns major in computer science, GIS, geography, or engineering, but we also have opportunities for marketing, business, law, and accounting majors. The most successful interns will have a strong desire to produce quality work and achieve great results. We seek students who excel at working on individual projects as well as collaborating in a team environment. We’re looking for the best and the brightest.

Please visit the student section on our Careers web page for more information on student internship and student assistant opportunities. <file:///\\\careers> .

Remember, the application deadline for summer internships is March 15, 2009!

Thank you.


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Esther Worker

ESRI Denver Education Account Manager

Ann B. Johnson

Higher Education Program Manager


PO Box 189

312 Hill Street

Beatty, Nevada 89003

775 553-9914

909 793-2853 x 1-1793

Monday, February 9, 2009

Planning Workshop Senior Class presentation

This class project uses GIS analysis... may be of interest.


Planning Workshop Senior Class
Existing Conditions Report
of the
Petaluma Blvd. North
Corridor Study Area

Join us Thursday February 12th
at 7pm at the
Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Blvd.

Come share your ideas about the future of the community!
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please contact Professor Steve Orlick at 707.664.2249

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Clark University Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) undergraduate research program

Dear Undergraduate Geography Students and Faculty Who Advise Them,

I am delighted to announce that the Clark University Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) undergraduate research program, of which I'm the Director, has just been awarded a major NSF grant to take HERO to the national level! So we are very excited.

I would like to ask, Would you please help us spread the word at about HERO at your institution? This award means we must recruit students from outside Clark.

Our URL is: where students can find a brochure and all sorts of info. This summer we will be conducting a set of projects that use remote sensing, to monitor either Massachusetts forests or suburban Boston lawns. Some of our inquiries will be grounded entirely in remote sensing, while others will use remote sensing to answer landscape ecology or social science research questions. Thus we value a range of student backgrounds, from human and environmental geography, as well as GIScience.

Students will be paid $4000 for 8 weeks, $300/wk for room/board, transportation costs to/from Worcester, and, if their research productivity is good, an expenses-paid trip to the March 2010 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (in D.C.) to present their research results.

Application deadline is Sunday March 1.

There are no formal prerequisites for students to be accepted into the HERO program save an inquisitive mind and a willingness to learn. Of course, some background in urban studies, landscape ecology, and/or remote sensing is helpful. Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Also, as you probably know, NSF is mega-keen that we succeed in matriculating women and persons from other underrepresented groups.

Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Best, Colin Polsky

Colin Polsky, PhD
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Geography & George Perkins Marsh Institute
Clark University
950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610 USA
tel (508) 421-3828 fax (508) 793-8881

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mapping California Communities Workshop: An Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis

Mapping California Communities Workshop: An Introduction to GIS &
Community Analysis

Los Angeles: March 5th and 6th, 2009*
ExecuTrain of Los Angeles - 9841 Airport Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045

Sacramento: March 5th and 6th, 2009*
ExecuTrain of Sacramento - 1860 Howe Ave., Ste 250 Sacramento, CA 95816

San Jose/Santa Clara: March 11th, 2009
ExecuTrain of Santa Clara - 2005 De La Cruz Blvd, Suite 200 Santa Clara,
CA 95050

Orange/Irvine: March 12th and 13th, 2009*
QuickStart Training Center - 16815 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine,
CA 92606

Fresno: March 13th, 2009
Heald College - 255 W Bullard Ave Fresno, CA 93704

San Diego: March 18th, 2009
Technical Training Resources - 6920 Miramar Road, Suite 105 San Diego, CA

San Francisco: March 19th and 20th, 2009*
ExecuTrain of San Francisco- 101 Spear Street/One Rincon Center, Suite 245
San Francisco, CA 94105

*Note: These are one day workshops (8:30am - 4:30pm). Participants choose
which one day to attend.

More Info/Registration:
Audience: Beginners, anyone interested in mapping their community

Participants will learn to use ArcGIS 9.3 to do the following:

Create thematic maps
Participants will learn to create thematic maps of their own data, and
display spatial trends in information.

Address mapping (geocoding)
Participants will learn to map addresses of their clients, their projects
or incidents such as crime and disease.

Download and Map Census & American Community Survey Data
Participants will learn to extract and map current Census data such as
poverty, race, language, population, transportation, education and
workforce characteristics.

Participants will also learn to:
Conduct spatial queries
Download free shapefiles
Create well-designed maps

Mapping techniques transferable to all other communities. Exercises are
designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required.

+ Comprehensive workbook (75 pages), which includes the presentation,
exercises and reference worksheets,

+ ArcGIS (ArcView 9.3) software 60-day trial CD set,

+ Thirty day free access to new 2005 Tiger/Line geography files (converted
to shapefiles) which include streets, zip codes, school districts, voting
districts, census tracts and many other useful geographies

+ Thirty day free access to our Analyzing Your Community: Local
Demographic Analysis Online Workshop

What People Are Saying about New Urban Research Workshops -

City of San Francisco: "One of the best computer training courses I've
been to, lively, informative, good level of difficulty for target

California Cancer Registry: "The workshop was great! The instructor is
very knowledgeable and helpful. I would definitely recommend this course
to a new GIS user."

UCLA: "This was such a great course! I appreciated the information on
where to find useful data."

Fresno City College: "This workshop was very informative and enlightening.
It demonstrated very powerful tools and concepts that I will definitely be
using in the future. The instructor was patient and gave a lot of
technical insight to the product."

New Urban Research, Inc. is a national social research organization
specializing in quantitative and spatial community analysis. NUR is an
ESRI Business Partner. New Urban Research, Inc. 2301 NW Thurman Street,
Suite S, Portland, Oregon 97210 | 877.241.6576 |
Message sent by: New Urban Research, 3323 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR,
97212, United States

Monday, January 26, 2009

SFO Asset Management Dept. - Student Intern Summary

SFO Asset Management Dept. - Student Intern Summary
City and County of San Francisco - Airport Commission: GIS Technician Intern
Department: Facilities Division - Asset Management Department
Timeframe: Summer 2009
The City and County of San Francisco - Airport Commission is currently seeking highly motivated college undergraduates eager to participate in our summer intern GIS program. Qualified interns will work alongside the GIS Administrator and the section leaders for the Asset Management Department within the Facilities Division serving to support the development, maintenance and data input to the central Geographic Information System (GIS). Work will be compiled on a project per project basis involving different departments such as utilities, electrical, and civil engineering sections, as well as survey and airfield operations groups. Primary duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Research scanned and archived documentation such as marked-up drawings, as-builts, imagery, orthophotography and GPS field surveys or tabular data to update existing central GIS database
• Work alongside section leaders to support the various GIS services and requests as administered by department and implemented by the Asset Management Department
• Support development, maintenance, and data updates to the airport basemap, building floor plans, utility, infrastructure, and environmental data stored in the central GIS database
• Capture and collect data in the field for modifications to the GIS database and web interface adhering to prescribed Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and agency standards and procedures
The qualified candidate will be familiar with symbols, terminology, and accepted standards and procedures in GIS and mapping, GIS data development and conversion, and will possess basic knowledge of principles of data collection. Prior experience with geospatial technology is not required and training will be provided as necessary. Preferred qualifications include experience in data collection for use in GIS, including GPS, and the ability to read and interpret specific procedural guidelines pertaining to GIS support, including locally developed documents. Work will be completed in a supervised environment that allows for individual work effort and independence however, assigned work will be monitored at various stages to ensure compliance with established standards and procedures.
The filing deadline is Monday, February 16, 2009. Please see the attached announcement for specific details. Thank you for your time and consideration as we are excited to work with qualified applicants desiring knowledge and experience in this high-paced technical environment!
Please contact Jason for more information at:

Friday, January 16, 2009

Santa Rosa 2010 Census Field Operations Office.

I rec'd a phone call today from Kathleen Collins, a recruiter from the Santa Rosa 2010 Census Field Operations Office. She is looking to hire students or any other interested parties who have map-reading and cartography experience, as well as a great sense of direction. There are wanting to fill these positions within the next 2-3 weeks. The job pays between $15-20/hour and is, of course, temporary as it's a census job.
She can be reached at 707-237-6245.
The main census number is 1-866-861-2010.
Is this information that we would want to pass on the listserv? Thanks,

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Hello all,

Second Registration is next just week. Now is your opportunity to sign

This class is a lot of fun, and promised to give you very valuable and
MARKETABLE skills transferrable to mapmaking, advertising, marketing,
business, graphic arts and studio arts.

For more details, visit the newly updated website:

If you plan to take this class, but do not intend to sign up until open
registration, when the unit limit is lifted, please let me know NOW. We
have to meet minimum class size, so if you are silent, the class may
disappear before you have a chance to make your intentions known.

Write to me directly at:

Wishing you a relaxing and rejuvenating break,
Prof. Laney

Wednesday, January 7, 2009



Details Information and Application Form download

The Bay Area Automated Mapping Association (BAAMA) is proud to announce their 2009 Education Award!

The BAAMA Education Award is designed to support and encourage higher education students who use GIS technology, both as a major field of study or as a specialized software tool to support other degree or certificate goals.

Subject matter for the GIS project topics includes, but is not limited to:
- Public health
- Transportation
- Planning
- Environment
- Conservation
- Social and cultural sciences
- Public safety

There are four competition categories:
- Web application: Websites for all competition entries must be active through April 2009.
- Poster: Poster that tells a geographic story and summarizes a work or project
- Map: Map that tells a geographic story and summarizes a work or project
- Other GIS-related business application At least one high quality map or poster must be received in the non-web categories to warrant awarding a prize. If no high quality map or poster is received in these categories, judges can decide not to award a prize.

Deadline: February 13th, 2009; entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. PST.
Winners will be announced on March 6th and posted on BAAMA’s web site

- First-place winner will be provided an Education Awards check for $2500.
- Each of the second- and third-place winners will be provided $1500 and $1000, respectively.
- First-, second-, and third-place winners all receive Individual Membership to BAAMA for the 2008-09 fiscal year.
All Education Award winners will receive complementary entry to CalGIS on April 6 - 9, 2009, Sacramento, where they will make a presentation about their work.
All awardees will receive a letter of recognition. Winners will be announced in the BAAMA Journal and at CalGIS 2009.

Submittals in the four categories will be judged and ranked based on the following criteria:

2. CONCEPT AND ORIGINALITY: Is it an innovative map or are there a hundred like it out there already? How much of the work is borrowed from the work of others?
3. CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN: Artistic Merit and Cartographic presentation. Clarity of Communication - how well does the map communicate the information it was designed to portray? Quality of Graphical Composition - is information appropriately presented and at an appropriate level of refinement? Given the intended audience for the map, is the cartographic design fitting? Website projects will be evaluated on website design, interface, and ease of use, in addition to other criteria listed above.
4. SIGNIFICANCE: How does the project hold significance or potential impact related to a target population or real-world issue?
5. TECHNOLOGY: What type of technology is used? Is the design efficient? How innovative is the use of GIS software?
6. RELIABILITY/COMPATABILITY: The product has to be ROBUST. A great looking website that crashes all the time isn't much of a success. A big part of web design is knowing how to deal with the web environment, particularly system crashes, freeze-ups, color palette problems, screen resolutions, download times, cross-platform issues, and general presentation stability. When this is done well, a site becomes transparent and usability becomes ubiquitous. A high level of design in this regard deserves to be rewarded.

• Judges shall use Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, or Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or higher, with a true color monitor.
• Judges will be solicited from the membership of BAAMA. A panel of three judges will evaluate each application.
• When a map is submitted, the competition director will make an initial evaluation of the map to determine whether the quality is minimally acceptable, the map is generally working, and appropriate citations and credits are given. If problems exist, the director may decline the entry with comments or instructions to the entrant. Once the director accepts the map for judging, the entrant will be notified that the map has been successfully entered into the competition.

To apply, an individual must satisfy all requirements below:
1. A student enrolled full-time in a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate program from the nine Bay Area counties (may attend any 2-year or 4-year program). Proof of student status must be submitted with the application – a copy of the applicant’s current semester schedule printed from their registration system.
2. The applicant must be an individual student who is a BAAMA member or a student who is enrolled in a college or university that is a BAAMA educational sponsor. Applicants may submit a BAAMA membership application along with his/her application.
3. Applications would be based on projects completed during the January 2008 to February 2009 calendar year.

• A completed application form (attached).
•A map/map series/project printout, which summarizes the findings and conclusions of the project that uses geospatial technology (to support the application form). Screenshots of project work will be accepted; however, cartographic and other project design will be evaluated in the screenshot. List URL to web application, if applicable.
•Please submit application and project/map in Adobe PDF format. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Convert to PDF at Abode’s website: .

• All work must be the original work of the entrant. Use of third party or commercial technology is permitted, but must be appropriately cited. The data, if not produced by the entrant, must also be appropriately cited.
•Applicants may enter as many times as they wish, but can only win one prize.
•Up to four applicants may enter the same project (if they each had primary responsibilities in the group project).
•If appropriate, the same map may be entered in both award categories.
•Entries must have been created between November 2008 and February 2009.
•Entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. PST February 13th, 2009.
•Web sites for all competition entries must be active through April 2009.
•Questions may be referred to