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American fire burns near SNAMP sites

The American fire is burning into our SNAMP study areas as of yesterday. Here is a snapshot of our study site and the fire perimeter (red) as of yesterday. SNAMP control (yellow) and treatment (purple) watersheds are shown.

The American Fire burning in heavy fuels on extreme slopes about 10 air miles northeast of the community of Foresthill, California, and eight air miles south of Interstate 80 has grown to 14,765 acres.

Some resources:

Incident Report:

We will keep you posted.

For more on the SNAMP project see:

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Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5:53 PM
Tags: fire (13), remote sensing (38), snamp (9)

Fall 2013 GIF Workshops Scheduled - ANR welcome

The Fall 2013 schedule of workshops has been posted! Check them out at:

Workshops include:

  • Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Environmental Science Focus
  • Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Social Science Focus
  • Intro to Global Positioning Systems (GPS): Working with Garmin receivers
  • Intro to Remote Sensing: Understanding digital imagery
  • Intro to Remote Sensing: Pixel-based analysis
  • Intro to Remote Sensing: Land cover change analysis
  • Intro to Remote Sensing: Object-based image analysis (OBIA)
  • Intro to Open Source GIS: Working with Quantum GIS (QGIS)
  • Intro to species distribution modeling
  • Creating your own web maps

ANR members are invited to attend. GIF workshops offer hands-on applications oriented training in a variety of geospatial topics. Workshop fees are available at a subsidized rate of $84 for all UC students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff. Workshop fees are $224 for all non-UC affiliates.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:35 AM
Tags: training (12)

IGIS Retreat 2013

We just concluded our first IGIS Program all-hands-on-deck retreat. We evaluated our program components and made huge progress on planning for the future.  Key in our discussion was GIS Training for ANR, and linkages with the ANR Research and Extension Centers (RECs). The IGIS Program components include:

  • GIS Services Center: If you are in ANR and need help with your GIS Project, check out the ANR Services Center!
  • Training: We are developing a curriculum of GIS training.  Stay tuned! The first session ("Intro to WebGIS for ANR" involving Google and ESRI products) will be scheduled by the end of 2013.
  • ANR InfoBase: We are developing a database of REC related data and research project information.  These data will be made available through an online webGIS portal that is linked to other similar and complementary efforts statewide (including HOLOS).  
  • ANR EON: Eddy covariance towers and climate sensors will be placed at each ANR RECs. All sensor data will be available to ANR and other researchers. Check out Todd's post on setting up one of these towers.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:49 AM
Tags: igis (58)

ANR Eddy Flux Deployment - Hansen REC

Eddy Covariance Flux tower deployment was completed August 2nd, capturing a wealth of ecoinformatics data for researchers.  This is the 3rd of a 9 tower network scheduled for full deployment by this fall.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM
  • Author: Todd Perez
Tags: ANR EON (1)

Workshop wrap up: Google Earth Higher Education Summit 2013

For three days in late July 2013 Kevin Koy, Executive Director of the GIF and I spent time at Google with 50+ other academics and staff to learn about Google Earth's mapping and outreach tools that leverage cloud computing. The meeting was called Google Earth for Higher Education Summit, and it was jam packed with great information and hands-on workshops. Former Kellylabber Karin Tuxen-Bettman was at the helm, with other very helpful staff (including David Thau - who gave the keynote at last year's ASPRS conference). Google Earth Outreach has been targeting non-profits and K-12 education, and are now increasingly working with higher education, hence the summit. We learned about a number of valuable tools for use in classrooms and workshops, a short summary is here.  

Google Mapping Tools - the familiar and the new

  • Google Earth Pro. You all know about this tool, increasing ability to plan, measure and visualize a site, and to make movies and maps and export data.
  • Google Maps Engine Lite. This is a free, lite mapping platform to import, style and embed data. Designed to work with small (100 row) spreadsheets. 
  • Google Maps Engine Platform. The scaleable and secure mapping platform for geographic data hosting, data sharing and map making. streamlines the import of GIS data: you can import shapefiles and imagery.
  • Google Earth Engine. Data (40 years of global satellite imagery - Landsat, MODIS, etc.) + methods to analyze (Google's and yours, using python and javascript) + the Cloud make for a fast analytical platform to study a changing earth.
  • TimeLapse. A new tool showcasing 29 years of Landsat imagery, allows you to script a tour through a part of the earth to highlight change. Features Landsat 4, 5 7 at 30m, with clouds removed, colors normalized with MODIS.
  • Field Mobile Data Collection. GME goes mobile, using Open Data Kit (ODK) - a way to capture structured data and locate it and analyze after home.
  • Google Maps APIs. The way to have more hands-on in map styling and publishing.
  • Street View. They have a car in 32 countries, on 7 continents, and are moving into national parks and protected areas. SV is not just for roads anymore. They use trikes, boats, snowmobiles, trolleys; they go underwater and caves, backpacks. 

Here are a couple of my first-cuts: 

  • Timelapse
  • Google Maps Engine:
Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM
Tags: Google (2), IGIS (58)

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