Yale Climate Connections: New tool called ‘Vulcan’ could help cities better estimate their carbon dioxide emissions

Yale Climate Connections: New tool called ‘Vulcan’ could help cities better estimate their carbon dioxide emissions. “To create the tool, the researchers analyzed publicly available data on carbon emissions from power plants, factories, buildings, and vehicles across the entire United States in detail in space and time….So far, Vulcan has been used primarily by scientists. But the researchers have made it publicly available.”

Tennessee Historical Commission: Tennessee Historic Cemetery Register and GIS Map of the State’s Historic Cemeteries

Tennessee Historical Commission: Tennessee Historic Cemetery Register and GIS Map of the State’s Historic Cemeteries. “The Tennessee Historic Cemetery Preservation Program will soon make a map of the state’s historic cemeteries available to the public. Identifying locations of the state’s numerous cemeteries is an on-going project and the map is subject to change as this work progresses. The Tennessee Historical Commission defines historic cemeteries as those 50 years old or older. However, some of the cemeteries on the map are not historic by definition–yet.”

Penn State News: GIS technology helps map out how America’s mafia networks were ‘connected’

Penn State News: GIS technology helps map out how America’s mafia networks were ‘connected’. “At its height in the mid-20th century, American organized crime groups, often called the mafia, grossed approximately $40 billion each year, typically raising that money through illegal or untaxed activities, such as extortion and gambling. A team of researchers used geographic information systems — a collection of tools for geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and society — and data from a government database on mafia ties during the 1960s, to examine how these networks were built, maintained and grown.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app. “The western Queensland mayors and tourism officials are so ‘disappointed’ by the inaccuracy of Google Maps in parts of the region, they are urging locals and tourists alike not to trust the web-based technology. They are advising tourists to use their common sense instead.”

PR Newswire: Powerful New Tool Predicts COVID Trends (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Powerful New Tool Predicts COVID Trends (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) announced the launch of its COVID-19 Index (covid.nmqf.us), a powerful new tool designed to prepare communities for future waves of coronavirus. The COVID-19 Index will enable healthcare organizations and communities to view where coronavirus cases and deaths will surge so they may focus their resources on those areas most directly impacted by the virus. This ability to predict the future will improve response times for businesses and government agencies, as well as allow healthcare providers to prepare for an increase of expected patients who may need COVID-19 treatments.”

StarTribune: Site shows you bird data by ZIP code

StarTribune: Site shows you bird data by ZIP code. “Go to [the site], enter your ZIP code and hit update. You will be given the probability of a species having been reported there during the chosen month. You can click on a species to find out where best to find it during the selected month, a very cool service indeed. This works for any ZIP code in the U.S.”

Reuters: Indonesia’s map project ignores indigenous land, risks conflicts

Reuters: Indonesia’s map project ignores indigenous land, risks conflicts. “The One Map policy, rolled out a decade ago and meant to be completed by late 2020, aimed to merge 85 thematic maps of the sprawling archipelago’s 34 provinces into one map, with local communities involved to help settle conflicting claims. But to date, the One Map portal is only accessible to government authorities and does not include maps created by indigenous groups, said Rukka Sombolinggi, secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN).”

The Verge: Google is making some big upgrades to directions in Google Maps

The Verge: Google is making some big upgrades to directions in Google Maps . “Google is announcing a bunch of new features planned for Google Maps, including a new tool to help with indoor navigation and suggestions for eco-friendly driving routes. The features announced today aren’t rolling out all at once, though; many aren’t available just yet, and it’s unclear when some will be available in some parts of the world.”

Caldera chronicles: Preserving the legacy of geologic mapping in Yellowstone (Missoulian)

Missoulian: Caldera chronicles: Preserving the legacy of geologic mapping in Yellowstone. “Today, geologic mapping is done digitally and is easily accessible in a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database, like the Geology of Yellowstone map, which is made possible by the Wyoming State Geological Survey. But what of the old paper maps, made before digital mapping was possible? It is critical that these maps are preserved and digitized, so that the information we have gained in years past remains accessible to all. A part of that effort is to convert older printed maps, as well as unpublished field mapping and observations, into digital GIS database products.”

Newswise: Mayo Clinic’s Coronavirus Map now features forecasting on emerging COVID-19 hot spots

Newswise / Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic’s Coronavirus Map now features forecasting on emerging COVID-19 hot spots. “The predictive modeling uses Mayo Clinic data analysis and expertise to forecast trends in COVID-19 cases and is based on modeling that Mayo Clinic has used to anticipate COVID-19 cases at its locations and to assist public health agencies. Predictive modeling is not available for Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. territories.”

Washington State Department of Health: New interactive mapping tool can pinpoint pollution hotspots in effort to improve health equity

Washington State Department of Health: New interactive mapping tool can pinpoint pollution hotspots in effort to improve health equity. “The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the University of Washington, announces new interactive mapping tools to help utilities improve environmental health equity as they transition to cleaner energy generation. These tools identify communities in Washington that are disproportionately impacted by fossil fuel pollution and vulnerable to climate change impacts so that these inequities can be addressed.”

The Verge: Google Maps will soon let you draw on a map to fix it

The Verge: Google Maps will soon let you draw on a map to fix it. “If you’ve ever been frustrated by a road simply not existing on Google Maps, the company’s now making it easier than ever to add it. Google will be updating its map editing experience to allow users to add missing roads and realign, rename or delete incorrect ones.” What could possibly go wrong? I know Google says it will vet all changes, but I thought it did that with the Google My Business listings, and we know how that goes.

EurekAlert: Geological engineers create landslide atlas of Kerala, India

EurekAlert: Geological engineers create landslide atlas of Kerala, India. “Dedicated to the thousands of lives lost in landslides, the new atlas assesses landslide risk in 13 districts in the Indian state of Kerala. The Western Ghats trailing the western edge of India are a global hotspot for biodiversity. The southern reach of the range extends into Kerala, where the steep slopes, soft soils and heavy monsoon rains greatly increase the risk of landslides.”