Digital Geography

From Cloud to GIS: Getting Weather Data.

Introduction In this post we are going to look at how to get weather forecast data and display it as a layer in a desktop geographical information system (GIS). The tools that you need are: A desktop GIS. I am going to use QGIS (free software) but I have done this with ESRI ArcMap as well A spreadsheet application. I will be using MS Excel but I have also tried this with Softmaker Office and I am sure LibreOffice (free software) will work or indeed any other spreadsheet application The Natural Earth Quick Start data set. This is a collection…

Extracting information from Sentinel-1

SAR images can see through clouds and in darkness, and are therefore very useful for operational monitoring of our seas. Detecting ships, icebergs, wind patterns, and oil spills is daily business in Europe with the Sentinel-1 satellite. Want to see for yourself how to extract information from a SAR image? In this tutorial, we’ll use the SNAP toolbox for Sentinel-1 to extract information on the number of ships at sea.

ERDDAP: Diving into a Data Ocean

Data Lakes has become a popular term in the Big Data community. It’s used to refer to a large storage repository and processing engine. However there is now a technology from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the USA) that turns its existing distributed data network of Petabytes of Open Data into what can be described as a Data Ocean! This technology is called ERDDAP and it provides fixed entry points on the Internet from which data can be searched for, queried and transformed. This functionality is made available via a human interface (web site) and Restful Web Services.

Adding projection data to ENVI headers (GIMMS 3g example)

Once in a while you may need to take an unprojected file and add coordinate parameters to the header. Assuming you use ENVI, the hard way is to perform a reprojection via Image to Map registration in ENVI Classic. The easy way is to add the coordinate information to the header file. Here we assume you do not need to warp the file to an ellipsoid or datum. Here we use the example of GIMMS 3g data from the University of Maryland and NASA. Start by importing the data as a Binary file.   It is important to realize that…

Short Announcement: SRTM 1 Data Worldwide

The digital elevation dataset resulting from the SRT Mission in the year 2000 is probably the most widely used digital elevation dataset in the world. It was first released with a 90 at ground resolution in a more or less global level (56° S to 60° N). In 2014 the White House announced the release of the 30 m original solution dataset. So they released parts of the dataset one-by-one. Our author Christoph just mentioned an update via Twitter.

Show your Photos in QGIS and ArcGIS: a small example

Hi guys. Once again I found an interesting question in our Geoscientists group on facebook. One user wanted to show her photos in QGIS as she is it used from Google Maps: See a point, click on it and see the great image you’ve taken on your journey. Unfortunately the most obvious plugins failed to do it in QGIS. So check out our “at least” two usage scenarios for QGIS and ArcGIS where we will handle geotagged photos…

CSV to HTML 101 webmap

Alright, away from python scripting, I want to share a small tool CSV to HTML 101 with you, guys. I used VB.NET to develop it in order to help non-GIS experts from converting a CSV file to a web page using leaflet.JS library. Honestly, it’s not that complicated tool, but it gives them that push to start a web map especially if they have not dug that deep in web development, javascript and leaflet. However, I’m one of these people, so  please don’t judge my ugly code 😳 The developed tool should meet the following criteria: Simple enough to be used by my grandma.…

Map a whole city with OpenStreetMap

One day last month, I came back to OpenStreetMap, to see how the city of Legnano (city of 60k people – near Milan – Italy) was mapped. I knew I did not find much, but hoped it would have been mapped to a large extent. I immediately created an atlas with the online tool mapOSMatic and the result can be found here: Download PDF Atlas of Legnano (as it was) or go to the repository mapOSMatic I always talk about OpenStreetMap on my blog and I invite and teach all kinds of mapping. When I realized the state it was in my city,…

Spatial Big-Data: 10 stunning services

In the last month the German website Spiegel-Online showed some nice examples of big-data combined with geodata. Geodata get’s more important with every GPS-enabled device that is sold, form that will store your address, IP that is monitored, customer in a global market. Let me Introduce you some stunning examples of geo-enabled web applications. Maybe you get some inspiration to power your business with some spatial data too.

Short Announcement: Landsat 8 Data Users Handbook

Landsat 8 is the successful successor of Landsat 5/ Landsat 7. It was launched on February 11, 2013. Since then we saw a major increase in possibilities of getting access to the data and integrations in software packages. Now the USGS published an in-depth document to support the basic understanding for the Landsat 8 observatory and its science data products.

First images from recently launched Sentinel 2 satellite

The earth observation satellite Sentinel-2 with Sentinel-2A and Sentinel 2B was launched on June 23rd 2015 from space centre Kourou in French Guiana. The mission is part of the Copernicus mission by ESA. The liftoff was recorded by ESA and can be watched here. Sentinel will be a complement to the multispectral satellites of the Landsat mission and SPOT. All observation systems in combination reveal a higher temporal resolution by shifted orbits and large stripe widths (Sentinel: 290km). Sentinel has a repetition rate of 10 days, Landsat 8 of 16 days but in combination with Landsat 7 a 8 day…