Blog Archives

Whitebox GAT Usage

Check out Prof. John Lindsay’s open-access GIS project – Whitebox GAT. It is an outstanding GIS software package with a lot of advanced geoprocessing tools!
http://www.uoguelph.ca/~hydrogeo/Whitebox/

Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools

It is difficult to get reliable information about the usage of open-source software like Whitebox GAT. With the recent release of Whitebox 3.4 ‘Montreal’, I decided to undertake an analytical exercise to try and figure out where Whitebox GAT is being used based on some download information that I had accumulating in my inbox. This work updates a previous survey that I carried out a number of years back, shortly after the 1.0 release. Examining nearly 21,000 downloads of the software, I discovered the following:

  • Whitebox GAT has been downloaded in at least 178 counties worldwide, with the top 10 countries, in terms of number of downloads, being the United States, Canada, India, Italy, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Australia, and Spain.
  • Whitebox GAT has been downloaded in 5149 cities around the globe. The map below shows each city in which Whitebox GAT was downloaded at least one time over the…

View original post 151 more words

Advertisements

LiDAR Training

Source: U.S. Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center

Lidar Training

Lidar Supporting Documentation

Esri Releases Drone2Map for ArcGIS

Drone2Map for ArcGIS, released on February 24 by Esri, is a stand-alone desktop app for processing imagery collected by drones. Check out the Drone2Map FAQ and an interesting presentation (Working With Drone Data In ArcGIS) by Tony Mason of Esri. Interested users can visit esri.com/drone2map for more information.

Q: Is Drone2Map for ArcGIS going to be an ArcGIS Extension?
A: No. It is a stand-alone 64-bit Windows desktop app that will run alongside ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro.

Q: What does Drone2Map for ArcGIS do?
A: Drone2Map for ArcGIS is a desktop app that turns raw still imagery from drones into  stunning information products in ArcGIS. Now, with drone hardware becoming more accessible, you can create 2D and 3D maps of features and areas.

Q: Can Drone2Map for ArcGIS be used to make 3D models?
A: Yes, Drone2Map for ArcGIS will produce 3D colorized point clouds in LAS format as well as 3D textured meshes for use in ArcGIS Desktop and Web Apps.

Q: Does the Drone2Map for ArcGIS work only with a specific type of drone?
A: Drone2Map for ArcGIS is designed to be generic for all drones. What is important is that the drone collects certain types of metadata. At a very minimum, this metadata needs to include Latitude, Longitude, and Altitude. The addition of orientation, focal length and pixel size of the sensor will greatly improve results. Many commercially available drones have this capability and automatically add this information to the image metadata.

Snap3

Snap4

ArcGIS 3D LiDAR Toolset

ESRI has released a new version of 3D LiDAR toolset, which was designed to extend the LiDAR capabilities of ArcGIS Desktop. It can be downloaded from : http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=fe221371b77940749ff96e90f2de3d10

cwduyyhweaau4fdFunctionalities of the LiDAR toolset:
  • Classify ground*, building, vegetation, and noise points
  • Extract building footprint approximations
  • Clip LAS files*
  • Improve QA/QC processes with lidar data:
    • Evaluate LAS files for errors through the CheckLAS utility
    • Export LAS file header information
    • Define the spatial reference of LAS files with missing/incorrect information*
    • Project LAS files to desired coordinate systems*
    • Evaluate coverage of overlaps in lidar scans
    • Rearrange LAS files to optimize data access I/O*
  • Optimize lidar data for operational use and rapid access through the compressed ZLAS format
  • Evaluate Z statistics with advanced height metrics*
  • Analyze the proximity of LAS points to 3D features**
  • Convert lidar data between various data formats
  • Create tiled raster derivatives
Analysis & Data Management of 3D Features & Surfaces
  • Correct the Z value of a multipatch model so that it “sits” on the ground
  • Create a point skymap of sun positions for visualization and solar analysis workflows
  • Simplify dense, 3D breaklines to support scalability in TIN-based surface modeling*
  • Integrate a design surface, such as one created using the Grading tool, into a base TIN
  • Export a TIN to LandXML for use in 3rd party applications
  • Cross sections of a multipatch can be used with the Intersect 3D tool to:
    • Generate contours in 3D space that capture cliff overhangs
    • Determine a 3D model’s footprint at different heights
    • Generate sightlines for visibility analysis

Analyzing 1.1 Billion NYC Taxi and Uber Trips

I just came across an interesting article: Analyzing 1.1 Billion NYC Taxi and Uber Trips, with a Vengeance. – An open-source exploration of the city’s neighborhoods, nightlife, airport traffic, and more, through the lens of publicly available taxi and Uber data.

Quoted from the author Todd W. Schneider :

“The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has released a staggeringly detailed historical dataset covering over 1.1 billion individual taxi trips in the city from January 2009 through June 2015. Taken as a whole, the detailed trip-level data is more than just a vast list of taxi pickup and drop off coordinates: it’s a story of New York. How bad is the rush hour traffic from Midtown to JFK? Where does the Bridge and Tunnel crowd hang out on Saturday nights? What time do investment bankers get to work? How has Uber changed the landscape for taxis? And could Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson have made it from 72nd and Broadway to Wall Street in less than 30 minutes? The dataset addresses all of these questions and many more.

I mapped the coordinates of every trip to local census tracts and neighborhoods, then set about in an attempt to extract stories and meaning from the data. This post covers a lot, but for those who want to pursue more analysis on their own: everything in this post—the data, software, and code—is freely available. Full instructions to download and analyze the data for yourself are available on GitHub.”

taxi_pickups_map

taxi_dropoffs_map

 

FREE GIS Software for Mapping

Whitebox GAT (Geospatial Analysis Toolbox) is my favorite open source, free GIS software!  Come join the Listserv and follow the Whitebox GAT blog by Dr. John Lindsay.  Happy Geoprocessing!

Source: http://gisgeography.com/free-gis-software/

You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to map the world.

With a shoestring budget of 0$, you can do it all with free GIS software.

As you’re about to see, there’s a bucket load of free GIS software packages available with the capability to:

  • Perform hundreds of advanced GIS processing tasks.
  • Generate stunning cartography and mapping products.
  • Manage your company’s geospatial assets efficiently.

The best part is:

These free GIS software mapping options give you enough firepower to get the job done as if you’re working with commercial GIS software.

I personally tested 13 of the top free mapping software packages online.

Read this jam-packed guide to open source GIS:

1. QGIS – Formerly Quantum GIS

QGIS (Quantum GIS)

With striking similarities and even upgrades to ArcGIS in certain areas, QGIS is undoubtedly the #1 free GIS software package.

QGIS is jam-packed with hidden gems at your fingertips. Automate map production, process geospatial data, and generate drool-worthy cartographic figures.

There’s no other free maping software on this list that lets you map like a rock star than QGIS.

QGIS Plugins boost this mapping software into a state of epicness. If the tool doesn’t exist, search for plugin developed by the QGIS community.

Volunteer effort is key to its success. The QGIS Stack Exchangesupport is impressively great.

You’d be insane not to download the free GIS software QGIS.

Read More: 27 Differences Between ArcGIS and QGIS – The Most Epic GIS Software Battle in GIS History

2. Whitebox GAT

WhiteBox GAT

Yes, Whitebox GAT (Geospatial Analysis Toolbox) is #2 on my list of open source, free GIS software.

Unbelievably, Whitebox GAT has only been around since 2009 because it feels so fine-tuned when you see it in action.

There’s a hydrology theme around Whitebox GAT. It actually replaced Terrain Analysis System (TAS) – a tool for hydro-geomorphic applications.

Whitebox GAT is really a full-blown open-access GIS and remote sensing software package.

Where it shines is LIDAR!

With no barriers, Whitebox GAT is the swiss-army knife of LiDAR processing.

The LiDAR toolbox is a life-saver. LAS to shapefile is an insanely useful tool. You may need a Java update to go in full throttle though.

The cartographic mapping software tools are primitive compared to QGIS.

But overall Whitebox GAT is solid with over 410 tools to clip, convert, analyze, manage, buffer and extract geospatial information.

I find it amazing this free GIS software almost goes unheard of in the GIS industry.

Get more useful knowledge from the Whitebox GAT Open Source Blog.

3. GRASS GIS

GRASS GIS Desktop

GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) was developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a tool for land management and environmental planning.

It has evolved into a free GIS software option for different areas of study.

Academia, environment consultants and government agencies (NASA, NOAA, USDA and USGS) use GRASS GIS because of its intuitive GUI and its reliability.

It has over 350 rock-solid vector and raster manipulation tools.

Not awfully useful in cartographic design, GRASS GIS excels primarily as a free GIS software option for analysis, image processing, digital terrain manipulation and statistics.

4. SAGA GIS

SAGA GIS

SAGA GIS (System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses) is one of the classics in the world of free GIS software.

It started out primarily for terrain analysis such as hillshading, watershed extraction and visibility analysis.

Now, SAGA GIS is a powerhouse because it delivers a fast growing set of geoscientific methods to the geoscientific community.

Enable multiple windows to lay out all your analysis (map, histograms, scatter plots, attributes, etc). It provides both a user-friendly GUI and API.

It’s not particularly useful in cartography. The lack of scale bars, north arrows symbology and grids are telltale signs of this.

Overall, it’s quick, reliable and accurate. Consider SAGA GIS a prime choice for environmental modeling and other applications.

Read more at http://gisgeography.com/free-gis-software/

Ten free GIS data websites

Check out the links below for 10 very useful websites for downloading GIS data free of charge:

2015 Journal Impact Factor Released

The 2015 Journal Impact Factor has been released. You can download the complete list here.

I sorted out some journals related to Remote Sensing, Geography, and  Hydrology. You can download my sorted list here.

It appears that the impact factors of several remote sensing journals have increased from 2.x to 3.x, such as International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Remote Sensing.  Note that this journal impact factor ranking is slightly different from the Google Scholar Journal Ranking.

Keep in mind that journal impact factor is just one metrics, so don’t take it too seriously!

Remote Sensing Journals Total Cites  Impact Factor
Remote Sensing of Environment 34609 6.393
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 25780 3.514
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 2,600 3.470
International Journal of Digital Earth 603 3.291
Remote Sensing 3061 3.180
ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 4120 3.132
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 2331 3.026
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 4502 2.095
GIScience & Remote Sensing 461 1.770
Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 1,651 1.727
International Journal of Remote Sensing 16435 1.652
Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 5926 1.608
Remote Sensing Letters 516 1.573
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 990 1.183

Remote Sensing Journals Google Scholar Ranking

Geography Journals Total Cites  Impact Factor
Landscape and Urban Planning 7409 3.037
Progress in Physical Geography 2,749 2.612
Applied Geography 2,656 2.494
Annals of the Association of American Geographers 3,776 2.291
Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 1,413 2.119
The Geographical Journal 1,298 1.926
International Journal of Geographical Information Science 3,193 1.655
Geographical Analysis 1,627 1.543
The Professional Geographer 1,419 1.500
Transactions in GIS 746 1.398
Journal of Geographical Sciences 938 1.344

Geography Journal Google Scholar Ranking

Hydrology Journals Total Cites  Impact Factor
Journal of Hydrometeorology 6,182 3.645
Water Resources Research 38,033 3.549
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 8855 3.535
Advances in Water Resources 6,998 3.417
Journal of Hydrology 33300 3.053
Hydrological Processes 15,618 2.677
Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 3,491 2.676
Water Resources Management 5,225 2.600
Ecohydrology 1,234 2.426
Groundwater 5,318 2.307
Hydrogeology Journal 3,895 1.966
Vadose Zone Journal 3,020 1.778
Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 3,054 1.583
Hydrological Sciences Journal 3,849 1.549
JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association 4,275 1.348

Hydrology Journals Google Scholar Ranking

Wetlands Journals Total Cites  Impact Factor
ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE 7249 4.420
LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY 6,054 3.500
ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS 5,651 3.444
WETLANDS 3439 1.572
WETLANDS ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 1275 1.274

Online GIS Courses

Found some great online courses.  Enjoy!

 GIS Programming and Automation

https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog485/node/16

 GPS and GNSS for Geospatial Professionals

https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog862/

 LiDAR Technology and Applications

https://www.e-education.psu.edu/lidar/resources/l4.html

 Many other online GIS courses

https://gis.e-education.psu.edu/programs/class_calendar

Two new online GIS courses availabe on Lynda.com

 

Two new GIS online courses available on Lynda.com. Good resource for GIS beginners.

  •  Up and Running with ArcGIS

http://www.lynda.com/ArcGIS-tutorials/Up-Running-ArcGIS/147014-2.html

  •  Real-World GIS

http://www.lynda.com/ArcGIS-tutorials/Real-World-GIS/162135-2.html

Alex Tereshenkov

Programming and managing GIS

REDD+ for the Guiana Shield

Technical Cooperation Project

LidarBlog.com

Dr. Qiusheng Wu @ SUNY Binghamton

Writing Science

How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded

GIS In Ecology

Providing Training, Advice And Consultation On The Use Of GIS In Ecology

metrhispanic

On cities, land, ...

GeoAcademy

Open GIS: No Bounds

Scientia Plus Conscientia

Thoughts on Science and Nature

r4hydrology

Learning hydrology with R

Karl Hennermann

GIS at the University of Manchester

GIS and Science

Applications of geospatial technology for scientific research and understanding.

GISblog.com

GIS, Mapping, Remote Sensing, Geodata, Geospatial news

Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools

Open-source GIS development and spatial analysis with Whitebox GAT

TopoToolbox

MATLAB-based software for topographic analysis

Anything Geospatial – AnyGeo

Dr. Qiusheng Wu @ SUNY Binghamton

GeospatialPython.com

Dr. Qiusheng Wu @ SUNY Binghamton

Another GIS Blog

Dr. Qiusheng Wu @ SUNY Binghamton