Category Archives: Technology

How to Help the Texas Coast Using GIS

Millions of people have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, and many more are looking for some way to help. Information is needed on the effects of the damage so that officials can move forward with coordinating recovery efforts. Organizations such as GISCorps, … Continue reading

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Innovations in Geography – Understanding Communities through GIS

During the 2016 Texas GIS Forum hosted by TNRIS, Dr. Nazgol Bagheri made history as the first female keynote.  Dr. Bagheri is a trained architect and urban planner currently serving as an Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science and … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from Banks Environmental Data

In honor of a holiday best known for turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes we decided to bring a bit of history to the table. The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 – almost four centuries ago. During this time, explorers were … Continue reading

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The Global Positioning System (GPS)

As most of us are aware by now, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is the omnipresent force that allows our smartphones and other devices to know where we are located on the globe. It is used in navigation, ecology, advertising, … Continue reading

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Wind energy competes for the spotlight

Happy 2016! For those of us in the environmental industry, 2016 has already been a year full of headlines. Some of the more positive headlines however, happened just before the end of 2015. In late December, Texas set a new … Continue reading

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RI Offshore Wind Project Underway

On Monday, July 27, Deepwater Wind took the first steps toward building North America’s first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind will install the first five offshore North American turbines over the next year off the coast of Rhode Island. This … Continue reading

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How to map points from Excel in Google Earth Pro

Environmental professionals often use Google Earth as an inexpensive way to view and analyze data. In February, we wrote about the relaunch of Google Earth Pro as a FREE program available to anybody with a computer. One of the key advantages … Continue reading

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The Vortex: A New Take on Wind Turbines

Find the idea of wind energy appealing? I certainly do. How about the idea of wind energy without the massive blades that currently allow a wind turbine to collect that energy? Sounds like something out of a science fiction novel … Continue reading

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Flying drones down to the farm

In the United States, roughly 40% of the land, or 915 million acres, is dedicated to farming. That land provides an estimated 32% of the corn, 50% of the soybeans, and 30% of the cotton for the planet, according to … Continue reading

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The benefits of solar power

Fossil fuels emit large amounts of carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, the main human activity that emits CO2 is the combustion of oil, coal, and natural gases for energy and transportation. Alternative energy sources such as solar power do … Continue reading

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Google Earth Pro is now free

Google Earth is a useful tool that allows you to explore any location in the world. You can view different imagery layers and even overlay a few historical aerials. The search features allow you to zoom anywhere in the world … Continue reading

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New historical research platform: Google Earth Engine

Google has done it again. They’ve found another way to use technology to improve lives. With the help of Imazon, a non-profit research institution that promotes sustainable development in the Amazon through research, Google has developed Google Earth Engine.

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America’s changing energy landscape

Commercial energy production in the United States has in recent years been a mixture of coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, and wind. Due to advancements in technology and the abundance of natural gas, traditional coal powered plants and nuclear reactors … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in measuring atmospheric aerosols

Scientists from University of Leiden in the Netherlands have created a low-cost, mass producible device that would allow everyday citizens to aid scientists in measuring atmospheric aerosols. Over the course of three days, 8,000 Dutch citizens lifted their smartphones to … Continue reading

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Natural disaster planning with new technologies

Since we are once again in hurricane season, it seems like a good time to address how geospatial data and new data collection systems are shaping the way that we now interact with forces of nature. Although we have not … Continue reading

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