Digital Geography

Analog Geography – German soil of the year 2014 is the vineyard soil

Sometimes you need to replace bits and bytes with dirt and soils, and today’s news are really pushing me to leave the desk and to go for a walk. Every year, the Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft (German Pedological Society) announces the Soil of the Year. Next year’s soil is the Vineyard Soil! It’s not only one, but a whole group of soils known for their high fertility and their anthropogenic, mineral rich R-horizons. In Germany, those R-horizons formed as early as in Roman times in some regions, since the Romans brought the civilization wine to Germany. Currently, I am feeling a…

Data extraction and clean up with tabula and open refine

Everyone working with data knows the problem: You found some interesting data for your journalistic project or statistics for preparing a nice map, but the data comes messy and hidden in PDF-files, not automatically readable for your program. Normally you have to write out and clean up the data by hand. But there are tools for that…

Rainfall and weather data on GoogleEarth

On Saturday, some villages near my hometown suffered heavy rains. Up to 100 l/m² arrived during the afternoon and evening in Kirchhasel and other places in central Thuringia. Small streams became rivers and flash flooding occurred, damaging houses, roads, and cars. The local newspaper has an impressive pic dump. Locals say this have been the worst flooding for at least 40 years, so pretty much excitement here, we are not really used to this despite the river Saale caused some heavy floodings in the past. Now it looks like thunderstorms will arrive again: So I had a reason to think…

Version 2 ASTER Data now available

Since one month, the 2nd version collection data of Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) are now available online. This data is now worldwide available for free and is made possible by the NASA and the METI. Even if according to NASA the data is produced with the same gridding as the first version, some large improvements have been made, such as: