The ‘Science of Where’, or GIS, Fortified Kenya’s Response to COVID-19. Here’s How

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Author: Peter Macharia, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme The value and potential of geographic information system – or GIS, “the science of where” – has become even more obvious this year as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has been used … Continue reading The ‘Science of Where’, or GIS, Fortified Kenya’s Response to COVID-19. Here’s How

How to Read Contour Lines on a Topographic Map 

Regardless of your profession, vocation, job,… knowing how to interpret contour lines is a skill you should have.  Here’s why. By studying contour lines, you can learn a lot about the surrounding terrain: height of hills, depth of valleys and steepness of climbs.  Knowing how to read contour lines comes in handy when choosing hiking, or backpacking routes, managing hazards such as flooding, selecting where … Continue reading How to Read Contour Lines on a Topographic Map 

Supporting Disaster Response: A Look at the Space and Major Disasters International Charter

When disaster strikes, time is of utmost importance. Space technologies provide the data needed to respond quickly to disasters.  Satellites provide global coverage of the Earth’s surface in near-real-time. They’re important for monitoring our planet, assessing the impact of major disasters, and helping us to manage them.  For this reason, the collaboration between space agencies and space operators is vital to increase the response capacity … Continue reading Supporting Disaster Response: A Look at the Space and Major Disasters International Charter

Technologies Driving the Merging Of AEC & Geospatial Industries

I try not to read email messages first thing in the morning. This is because they easily distract me from the task at hand. But last week Thursday morning, I succumbed. I opened my inbox first thing in the morning. I don’t regret it. You see, everywhere I look, there are construction projects—roads, residential buildings, schools and churches. On top of this, I’ve worked in … Continue reading Technologies Driving the Merging Of AEC & Geospatial Industries

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Discover Why Dark Night Skies Are Good For Africa

Seen from space, most of Africa is dark at night.  Seen from most of Africa, the night sky is bright and beautiful. Various studies have used nighttime lights to measure urbanisation, economic growth, and prediction of GDP. Implied in these studies is that the earth’s brightness should increase with development. But is light always good?  In fact, light escaping our environments and into space is … Continue reading Discover Why Dark Night Skies Are Good For Africa

Avoidance Mapping: What It Is & Where It Fits in the Cartography Cube

… we all try to steer clear of certain places and people, whether we’re aware of it or not. (Source) Currently, my preferred route home is through a residential estate. Its definitive characteristic is close-knit houses, children playing outside and a few ‘vibandas’ (makeshift stalls). Perhaps it’s the sense of community that draws me here. Or maybe it’s because after so many years, the place … Continue reading Avoidance Mapping: What It Is & Where It Fits in the Cartography Cube

FAQs on Drone Regulation in Kenya [2020]

Originally posted on Geohub:
Drones fascinate me. Reading drone laws and regulations doesn’t—but I had no choice. My trouble began when the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (finally) released drone regulations. Day after day, I promised myself to read the document. But I didn’t. Each time I opened it, my determination would falter. In one way or another, I had to go through the regulations. Writing… Continue reading FAQs on Drone Regulation in Kenya [2020]

These 13 Areas Need More GeoAI Research

Let’s just put it on the table: Finding a research topic can be hard.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone to tell you: “If you’re looking for a topic on the application of artificial intelligence (AI)/ machine learning (ML) to geospatial applications, this is the way to go.” Well, that is exactly what a report by the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) does. … Continue reading These 13 Areas Need More GeoAI Research

Your Free Printable Fieldwork Checklist [PDF]

Have you ever arrived in the field, only to find out that you’ve forgotten to carry something essential? While remembering to carry major gear like shoes is easy, sometimes we forget about the little things that make a tremendous difference—like a belt. You want to feel confident that you’ve carried everything you need. For this, I wrote a detailed fieldwork guide which includes some great … Continue reading Your Free Printable Fieldwork Checklist [PDF]

Fieldwork Checklist: Your Dependable Guide (Including Tips)

This is a part of the country that is hard to reach. Here is where the sun mercilessly beats down on you, and the tarmac melts your soles. Here is where thorny shrubs snag your shirts and pants, reducing them to tatters. In the evening, the sun transforms into a fiery ball, slowly sinking below the land. The oddity of here, so remote from the … Continue reading Fieldwork Checklist: Your Dependable Guide (Including Tips)

Earth Day 2021: What, Why, How

It failed to rain yesterday; I had hoped it would. It just drizzled, like the day before. The March-May long rains are late. Yesterday was International Earth Day. What Is International Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to show support for environmental protection.  U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day after witnessing a massive oil spill that leaked millions … Continue reading Earth Day 2021: What, Why, How

15 Geospatial Podcasts You Should Listen To Today

Everyone has to pause and take a break sometimes. For the hopeless obsessives among us, here’s an alternative: geospatial podcasts. Thanks to streaming services like iTunes, SoundCloud, and Spotify, it’s pretty easy for anyone to listen in and explore topics that run the gamut: remote sensing, geospatial news, cartography, GIS, smart communities and so many more. The only potential problem comes from having to sift … Continue reading 15 Geospatial Podcasts You Should Listen To Today