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PA Fracking Complaints are Increasing, Systemic

Jan 26 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  articles compliance data data and analysis data transparency

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) logs incoming complaints from residents about drilling activity in the Commonwealth, and Public Herald has spent a great deal of time aggregating and making that information public. A recent investigation by Public Herald into that data, with help from FracTracker, has highlighted a number of concerning issues related to […]

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Know before you go: parking difficulty on Google Maps

Jan 26 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

It’s Friday night and you hit the road early enough to make it to a movie, grab some buttery popcorn, and catch the previews. But when you get to the theater, parking is hard to come by and you spend the next 20 minutes circling the lot and side streets until a spot finally opens up. You get to your seat just in time for the opening credits…and no popcorn!  

Factoring in time for parking can make or break a night out, let alone making it to that big meeting on time. So in 25 metro areas throughout the U.S., we’ve introduced a new parking difficulty icon in Google Maps for Android that’ll give you a heads up on what kind of parking crunch to prepare for when you’re on the go.


To see how hard it might be to park where you’re headed, just get directions to your destination and look for the parking difficulty icon in the directions card at the bottom of the screen. Parking difficulties range from limited to medium to easy and are based on historical parking data (similar to how we calculate Popular Times and Visit Duration).

For now, look out for parking difficulty icons in the following metro areas across the U.S.: San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, DC, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Phoenix, Portland and Sacramento.

Hacking a DEM Sunrise

Jan 26 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d gis analysis & geoprocessing arcgis pro cartographic design cartography

You can wield the mighty mighty powers of the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) to create all sorts of practical, and impractical, topographic effects. Why? Making interesting looking maps is awesome and we cartographers don’t always feel terribly practical. But that’s … Continue reading

On a Dark Road to Nowhere

Jan 25 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  action articles environment national our perspectives

Teddy Roosevelt is rolling over in his grave. The progressive conservationist and one-time republican knew that healthy air, clean water, and stewardship of natural resources are tantamount to a high quality of life. Fifty years before Donald Trump drew his first infantile breath, Roosevelt was championing national parks and cities beautiful. America gained stature in the […]

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ArcGIS for Environment and Natural Resources

Jan 25 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis & geoprocessing apps arcgis for state government arcgis online arcgis pro

Our Environmental Solutions include configurations of ArcGIS to support many facets of work across Environmental Organizations. A few areas of focus for us have been: solutions to support assessment of potential impacts of projects to the natural landscape, the collection, … Continue reading

Apple is releasing AirPods tracker for locating your lost earbuds

Jan 25 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  apple geo news

If you own a pair of Apple’s new wireless earbuds – AirPods you will sooner or later face a problem of loosing one of them. Now Apple is trying to help you deal with it. The beta version of its upcoming iOS 10.3 software reportedly includes an update to the Find My iPhone app, specifically targeting […]

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Embedding web maps

Jan 25 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  apps arcgis online arcgis online tutorial embed embedding maps

One of the ways you can share maps is to embed them in a web page, such as your organization’s website. ArcGIS Online automatically generates the HTML you need, and also provides options for what to include in your embedded map. How … Continue reading

Mapping Arctic Warming

Jan 25 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  arctic climate change earth observatory nasa soil

At All Over the Map, Betsy Mason posts 11 Ways to See How Climate Change Is Imperilling the Arctic, a collection of maps and infographics depicting several different indicators of global warming, including sea ice extent, atmospheric temperatures, growing season, polar bear populations, as well as projected shipping routes for an ice-free Arctic Ocean. Meanwhile, NASA Earth … Continue reading "Mapping Arctic Warming"

3DEP Program Benefits

Jan 24 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  3d modeling airborne lidar government remote sensing standards

The USGS’ National Geospatial Program is in year one of an 8-year program to create the first publicly available, national 3D elevation map using lidar. Called the 3D Elevation Program or 3DEP, it is a collaboration of Federal agencies, States, … Continue reading

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Meet the GIS Cloud Team!

Jan 24 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Cloud under tags  about us blog gis gis cloud gis cloud team

  Our team is constantly growing, so we thought it is time for our community to meet members of GIS Cloud a little more closely. Members of our team are dedicated professionals who are in daily touch with GIS Cloud users,  whether by making new features, by helping them directly to find solutions for their...