Roads: An Essential Element of Development

Roads data is critical to planning and development of rural transportation in developing countries, where better transportation systems can help improve livelihoods. The Kenyan roads shown here are part of CIESIN’s new Global Roads Open Access Data Set, version 1 (gROADS v1), which was developed under the auspices of the CODATA Global Roads Data DevelopmentTask Group.

via State of the Planet.

GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week

Join CIESIN and Consilience to celebrate GIS day and Geography Awareness Week!

When: Wed, Nov 20, 11am-2pm

Where: Lerner Ramp

Test your knowledge with fun geography games, compete for prizes, and check out some of our new GIS resources!

Hosted by: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development

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NASA awards $23.95 million contract to CIESIN

NASA has awarded a $23,952,626 contract to the Center for International Earth Science Information Network of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

This is a follow-on contract for the continued development and operation of the Socioeconomic Data and Application Center or SEDAC as a Distributed Active Archive Center or DAAC for NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System.

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This 3D visualization created by CIESIN depicts the Port-à-Piment watershed in southwest Haiti. The visualization features the watershed’s topography, elevation, settlements, and flood zones.

More info at The Haiti Geoportal at CIESIN and the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program.

Did you know November 14th was GIS Day?
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The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) celebrated GIS Day yesterday!

GIS (geographic information systems) Day is a grassroots celebration of geospatial technology and its capabilities. GIS day celebrations hosted events around the world to feature a variety of creative applications, new technologies, and new ways of thinking about GIS.

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New Understanding of Soil Quality throughout Africa
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The Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) Online Map Tool is an interactive mapping application that can display more than 30 maps of soil and related environmental characteristics for the continent of Africa. The tool creates a clickable map that lets users zoom in and examine soil characteristics from existing, legacy soil maps and data as well as a new collection of soil samples gathered by AfSIS over the past four years.

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