As long as there's armed conflict, there will be explosive remnants of war (ERW) that may affect civilians, and expertise will be required to develop solutions to this problem. More than 80 countries continue to be affected by landmines and other ERW.
According to Erik Shepard, for asset-intensive industries, such as energy, and asset-centric systems, such as GIS, state management is an important but often ignored topic.
Avid newshounds, addicted to the tales of financial woe emanating from the European Union, might be surprised to learn that Europeans currently are deciding how to give away €2 billion in research money. Interest in "Big Data" is back, but not in the way we would like to see; it's not very spatial.
Like many state geologic surveys, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) is continually assessing new technologies and migrating its geologic map-production techniques to take advantage of them.
Joseph Berry's latest column focuses on the nature of mapped data, an example of a grid-math/algebra application and a discussion of extended spatial-analysis operations.
In recent years, greater awareness of the intricate bonds among humans and their environment has compelled public and private organizations to survey changes and take action to protect our world from adverse effects of human activity. One of the many changes the public has a vital interest in monitoring is subsidence, or the lowering of the ground surface.
This GeoWorld issue focuses on Energy and Natural Resources, and although it covers a wide range of topics, including geology and minerals, and ground-subsidence monitoring, I wanted to make sure we covered an aspect of energy that has been dominating national discourse of late: fracking.
The density and geographical extent of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells, and their proximity to population centers in the northeast, has raised public concern about the potential for ground- and surface-water contamination. In response, state agencies have issued regulations governing the application and approval of natural-gas well permits, and GIS technology is automating the production of well-permit maps.