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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau documents the changing landscape of Greenland

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  environment google in europe maps

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones” star and newly-appointed U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. Nikolaj partnered with our Street View team to collect imagery of Greenland's beautiful and changing landscape, where the impact of global warming can be seen firsthand.

Year after year we’ve seen record high temperatures across our planet due to global warming. And Greenland, which I consider my family's second home, is changing faster than anywhere else on Earth. Here the effects of climate change are easy to see: as sea ice melts and glaciers crumble, places once covered in ice are now bare land.

Greenland Glacier

See Greenland Glacier in Timelapse

Late last year, the Google Maps team came to visit and we went on an adventure to collect Street View imagery of Greenland. Statistics, scientific reports and graphs can be bewildering, but I hope seeing these images will help people understand the drastic changes taking place in Greenland, and inspire you to fall in love with it the way I have. Unless we change these climate trends, the next time we bring the trekker to Greenland the landscape may be unrecognizable from what you see today.

Nikolaj Trekker

Our first stop is the town of Igaliku. With a population of just 27, Igaliku is one of Greenland’s most idyllic villages—a smattering of brightly colored houses and hillsides dotted with sheep. As the landscape has changed, so too has the local economy. Alongside new opportunities to mine precious metals that were previously inaccessible, the changing patterns of freezing and melting glaciers have dramatically disrupted the fishing and hunting lifestyles that have sustained the local Inuit population for centuries.

Igaliku

Greenland is also known for its hot springs. The geothermal springs on the remote island of Uunartoq are one of my favorite destinations, with views of icebergs and towering snow-capped mountain peaks.

Hotspring

Our final stop is the majestic glacial-covered Qoorog Fjord, where the second largest ice sheet in the world terminates into the sea. The ice sheet is melting at an increased pace—pouring 300 billion tons of ice into the ocean each year. This melting harms important coastal ecosystems, local food and water supplies and is a major contribution to rising sea levels.

Ice

We have a responsibility to protect this beautiful planet we live on, and I’m starting at my own front door. But everywhere and everyone is vulnerable to the effects of our warming planet. Let’s band together and do something about it—learn about global efforts to combat climate change and discover ways to take action.


ArcGIS Runtime Example Apps

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  .net android app developers apps arcgis runtime

The Runtime SDK group is excited to announce Example Applications!  We want show you the power of ArcGIS and the Runtime SDKs by building cool and useful open applications. Example Applications are open source applications built with the Runtime SDK … Continue reading


Why Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl drone show is a great news for UAV mapping?

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  drones intel

Drones have stolen the show of this year’s Super Bowl Half Time performance. A fleet of Intel’s 300 flying devices was dancing behind Lady Gaga as she stood on the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium. It was an amazing show, and I’m sure it’s not the last time you’ve seen drones used to light up the […]

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Esri contributes to the latest version of the Qt Project

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  app developers apps developer qt

The Qt Company’s Qt SDK offers a GeoServices location API, the QtLocation API, that helps developers create viable mapping solutions using location services from leading map data providers. Starting with the recent release of Qt 5.8, Esri became a full-fledged GeoServices provider … Continue reading


Podcast – discussion with Liz Killen and Alice Sheppard on citizen science

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Po Ve Sham – Muki Haklay's personal blog under tags  #ditscience citizen science ditos extreme citizen science

Several weeks ago, Liz Killen, who is studying for an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College organised an interview with me and Alice Sheppard about aspects of citizen science, for the I, Science the science magazine of Imperial College. This is the second time ExCiteS is covered in the magazine, after a report in 2013 by … Continue reading Podcast – discussion with Liz Killen and Alice Sheppard on citizen science


Web scene specification now available

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d gis announcement app developers arcgis online web

The web scene specification is the standard for scenes on ArcGIS platform. Web scenes are used as an exchange format across different products and they are a key element for displaying 3D data in ArcGIS Scene Viewer and ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4. The web scene standard ensures growing compatibility across … Continue reading


Enliven your web apps with custom actions

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  actions app developers apps arcgis api for javascript javascript

The 4.x series of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript introduced the concept of actions. An action is a task that can be triggered by a user by clicking its simple button interface. For example, clicking the magnifying glass button on … Continue reading


Get real-time commute info and more in one tap

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps


Starting today we’re rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android that provides helpful everyday info – in real time – at the bottom of your home screen. Just swipe up and you’ll see three tabs that will help you find a nearby restaurant, beat traffic, or catch the next bus.


                 


Under the places tab, you’ll see curated lists of places to eat and drink like “best dinners,” “cheap eats” or “business dining,” around you or in any location you choose. In one tap you can also search for other everyday spots like ATMs, pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores. Peek at images of the area or read a short description of the neighborhood to get the lay of the land.

Under the driving tab, if you have your home and work addresses saved, you’ll see real-time ETAs to home and work, as well as a nearby traffic conditions report and expected delays on the road ahead. If you don’t need turn-by-turn directions but want real-time traffic info as you take your usual route, you can tap on “start driving” to go directly into driving mode.


With the transit tab, you’ll never have to sprint to the bus again. If you have your home and work addresses saved, you’ll see a recommendation for which bus or train to take, when the next one’s coming, and an ETA for when you’ll arrive at work or home. If you’re headed somewhere else, you can swipe down to find nearby transit stations along with real-time schedules.

When you're on the go, there's no time for apps that can't keep up. Whether you need to get to work or you’re just looking for a quick bite around you, Google Maps gives you personalized information about your world so you can make decisions and get around with confidence.



Get real-time commute info and more in one tap

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

Starting today we’re rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android that provides helpful everyday info—in real time—at the bottom of your home screen. Just swipe up and you’ll see three tabs that will help you find a nearby restaurant, beat traffic, or catch the next bus.

Maps_US HomescreenComp-1.gif

Under the places tab, you’ll see curated lists of places to eat and drink like “best dinners,” “cheap eats” or “business dining,” around you or in any location you choose. In one tap you can also search for other everyday spots like ATMs, pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores. Peek at images of the area or read a short description of the neighborhood to get the lay of the land.

homescreen_US_pixel_places.png

Under the driving tab, if you have your home and work addresses saved, you’ll see real-time ETAs to home and work, as well as a nearby traffic conditions report and expected delays on the road ahead. If you don’t need turn-by-turn directions but want real-time traffic info as you take your usual route, you can tap on “start driving” to go directly into driving mode.

homescreen_US_pixel_driving.png

With  the transit tab, you’ll never have to sprint to the bus again. If you have your home and work addresses saved, you’ll see a recommendation for which bus or train to take, when the next one’s coming, and an ETA for when you’ll arrive at work or home. If you’re headed somewhere else, you can swipe down to find nearby transit stations along with real-time schedules.

homescreen_US_pixel_transit.png

When you're on the go, there's no time for apps that can't keep up.Whether you need to get to work or you’re just looking for a quick bite around you, Google Maps gives you the personalized information about your world to make decisions and get around with confidence.


Get real-time commute info and more in one tap

Feb 06 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

Starting today we’re rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android that provides helpful everyday info—in real time—at the bottom of your home screen. Just swipe up and you’ll see three tabs that will help you find a nearby restaurant, beat traffic, or catch the next bus.

Maps_US HomescreenComp-1.gif

Under the places tab, you’ll see curated lists of places to eat and drink like “best dinners,” “cheap eats” or “business dining,” around you or in any location you choose. In one tap you can also search for other everyday spots like ATMs, pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores. Peek at images of the area or read a short description of the neighborhood to get the lay of the land.

homescreen_US_pixel_places.png

Under the driving tab, if you have your home and work addresses saved, you’ll see real-time ETAs to home and work, as well as a nearby traffic conditions report and expected delays on the road ahead. If you don’t need turn-by-turn directions but want real-time traffic info as you take your usual route, you can tap on “start driving” to go directly into driving mode.

homescreen_US_pixel_driving.png

With  the transit tab, you’ll never have to sprint to the bus again. If you have your home and work addresses saved, you’ll see a recommendation for which bus or train to take, when the next one’s coming, and an ETA for when you’ll arrive at work or home. If you’re headed somewhere else, you can swipe down to find nearby transit stations along with real-time schedules.

homescreen_US_pixel_transit.png

When you're on the go, there's no time for apps that can't keep up.Whether you need to get to work or you’re just looking for a quick bite around you, Google Maps gives you the personalized information about your world to make decisions and get around with confidence.