Digital Geography

JuxtaposeJS and the Death (and Re-Birth) of Bogoslof Island

This post is just a quick update on a unique event unfolding in my home state of Alaska and a cool new tool to help you post image sliders on the web.  First, let’s start with the event. The Eruption of Bogoslof Island Over the past few weeks, a volcano has been erupting in Alaska.  This by itself is not that unique, as we have lots of volcanoes and they tend to erupt pretty frequently.  You can check out the current activity for yourself at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.  This most recent eruption is a bit different though.  The island is…

Observing deforestation with Sentinel-1

While preparing for an upcoming presentation at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) I came across a topic that I thought might make an interesting blog post.  The presentation is about using data from the Sentinel-1 mission for Earth Science applications.  The Sentinel-1 spacecraft are C-band SAR systems launched and operated by the European Space Agency (ESA).  An innovative aspect of this mission is that the collection scenario devised by ESA is systematic and very broad in coverage.  Using Sentinel-1 we can monitor Earth using SAR data like never before.

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…

The new flickr2qgis plugin for QGIS

In the last week I saw a post on the German ESRI page called GIS-IQ which featured a new widget for ArcGIS which needs you to have the “ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Developer Edition 1.2”. This widget lets you fetch images from flickr and probably show it on the map. I haven’t tried it yet but I thought: lets build something similar for QGIS… so here is my flickr API plugin for QGIS

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.…

The Geography of Tweets: Reading Tweets with QGIS

Anita showed some nice examples of tweets in QGIS in 2012. Since then it seemed to be quiet about the twitter-content in QGIS. Yet tweets can be an interesting source of information. Sometimes they can tell you something about the spatiotemporal dimensions regarding a keyword, the digital heartbeat of a defined region and many more. Yet we need to be careful with the data as it is completely biased. But how to get this data stream into QGIS?

Reading stuff the Spritz way

This is truly not a GIS oriented post but when it comes to science or studying you probably faced a big stack of books or a more or less endless list of PDFs you always wanted to read. My main proplem always was: it takes huge amount of time to read stuff.

Labels in QGIS: selective labelling

Because the function „label selected features only“ does not exist anymore in QGIS, a workaround should just label specific features of the shapefile without exporting a new one. For this only the shapefile, which should be labelled, is needed. Possibility 1 – label certain values with an expression In QGIS 2.0 you find the setting “data defined/show labels” at Labels -> Rendering -> Label options. For this the labelling must be activated with the certain attribute. With a click on “Edit…” the expression string editor opens, which some of you should know from the field calculator for example. There you can…

Maps in Games: Battlefield 4 und Mapbox

Wer kennt das nicht: nach stressigen Arbeitstagen einfach mal abschalten und sich der elektronischen Unterhaltungsindustrie hingeben. Nichtsahnend startete ich gestern, pünktlich zum Launch, den neuen Actiontitel “Battlefield 4” aus dem Hause DICE und EA. Nach kurzer Orientierung wählte ich eine Ansicht der internationalen Leaderboards und wurde auf eine Weltkarte geleitet, die die besten Spieler der unterschiedlichen Kategorien anzeigt. Mich im Feierabend wähnend, sah ich dann am unteren rechten Rand ein kleines MapBox-Logo.