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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Monday, March 15th, 2010
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Sunday, March 14th, 2010
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Google Massively Automates Tropical Deforestation Detection (

Friday, December 18th, 2009

[Editor's note: Perhaps Wired magazine's Google evil-meter just tipped a bit less negative? In all seriousness, this sounds like a great project!]

Republished from Dec. 11, 2009.

Land cover change analysis has been an active area of research in the remote sensing community for many years. The idea is to make computational protocols and algorithms that take a couple of digital images collected by satellites or airplanes, turn them into land­cover maps, layer them on top of each other, and pick out the places where the land cover type has changed. The best protocols are the most precise, the fastest, and which can chew on multiple images recorded under different conditions. One of the favorite applications of land cover change analysis has been deforestation detection. A particularly popular target for deforestation analysis is the tropical rain forests, which are being chain sawed down at rates which are almost as difficult to comprehend as it is to judge exactly how bad the effects of their removal will be on biological diversity, planetary ecosystem functioning and climate stability.

Google has now gotten itself into the environmental remote sensing game, but in a Google-esque way: massively, ubiquitously, computationally intensively, plausibly benignly, and with probable long-term financial benefits. They are now running a program to vacuum up satellite imagery and apply land cover change detection optomized for spotting deforestation, and for the time being targeted at the Amazon basin. The public doesn’t currently get access to the results, but presumably that access will be rolled out once Google et al are confident in the system. I have to hand it to Google: they are technically careful, but politically aggressive. Amazon deforestation is (or should still be) a very political topic.

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INTERACTIVE MAP: Impacted U.S. GM Plants (Kelso via Wash Post)

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

[Editor's note: This interactive from Tuesday shows plants set to close under G.M.'s restructuring plan in the context of all of G.M.'s manufacturing facilities. Checkboxes allow different types of facilities to be filtered and zoom presets make it easier to zoom into clusters of markers. A reset button allows the display to return to it's original state. A table below the map contains some of the same information.]

Republished from The Washington Post.

Under GM’s restructuring plan, the automakers’s manufacturing facilities will be reduced to 33 by 2012. Three distribution centers will also be eliminated.

Click on map icons for plant name, location, number of employees and more. Screenshot below.

Interact with original version at The Washington Post . . .


How Google Earth Explains the Financial Crisis (Foreign Policy)

Monday, May 18th, 2009


[Editor's note: Fascinating image / KML visually demonstrating how global shipping has dropped off, matching the economic doldrums.]

Republished from Foreign Policy.

Want to get a sense of just how bad things are? Take a spin on Google Earth.

The latest issue of International Economy, edited by FP contributor David Smick, has a clever graphic showing the depth of the economic crisis, so I thought I’d share.

The above image, pulled today from’s Google Earth file, shows container ships languishing off the Singapore coast. Welcome to the  largest parking lot on Earth. International Economy explains:

The world’s busiest port for container traffic, Singapore saw its year-over-year volume drop by 19.6 percent in January 2009, followed by a 19.8 percent drop in February. As of mid-March 2009, 11.3 percent of the world’s shipping capacity, sat idle, a record.

It’s a rough time to be an Asian tiger, or to be in the shipping business. The IMF projects that Singapore’s economy will shrink significantly in 2009. Globally, bulk shipping rates have dropped more than 80 percent in the past year on weak demand, and orders for new shipping vessels are cratering. In Busan, South Korea, the fifth-largest port in the world, empty shipping containers are piling up faster than officials can manage.

“Things have really started to get bad — laborers spend their entire day waiting for a call from the docks that they have a job,” Kim Sang Cheul, a dockworker at Busan, told Bloomberg. “People spend all day staring at their phone as if staring at it can make it ring. You’re lucky if you get a call.”

Green shoots? Not so much.

(For another view of Singapore’s port, you can check out Vesseltracker’s Microsoft Virtual Earth mashup map.)

Anticipation on a City Block (NY Times)

Monday, January 26th, 2009

[Editor's note: Nifty "city block" Flash animated story telling tool from the New York Times featuring stories leading up to Barack Obama's inauguration as 44th president of the United States.]

Republished from The New York Times. Jan. 18, 2009.

Residents of one Washington city block, where two churches for decades symbolized the nation’s racial divide, come together to open their doors to the nation on Inauguration Day.

Screenshots below. View original interactive.

Amy O’Leary, Nancy Donaldson, Monica Evanchik, Zach Wise and Graham Roberts / The New York Times

MAP: Inauguration Day Commute (Kelso via Wash Post)

Monday, January 26th, 2009

[Editor’s note: On Inauguration Day I maintained a live map plotting which parking garages were filling up, where metro trains were getting crowded, and tracking which areas of the National Mall people were flocking to or being blocked from. Information was filed both by staff reporters via a huge group email list and by tips email or texted in by readers. The map was updated around 50 times from 4 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Gene Thorp filled the afternoon shift. In a fast changing event, currency is important so we time-stamped all the data points. Next time I need a way for older entrees to fade off the map automatically.]

Republished from The Washington Post. Tuesday Jan. 20, 2009.

View real time congestion information for rail, bus, car, and walking access as reported by Washington Post staff, readers and government sources. View more inauguration maps in the Survival Guide.

Screenshot below. View original interactive version.

SOURCE: Staff reporting; INTERACTIVE by Nathaniel V. Kelso — The Washington Post

Visualizations: Obama Inauguration Speech Word Tree (ManyEyes)

Monday, January 26th, 2009

[Editor’s note: Structured tag cloud with detailed annotation of Obama’s speech that is searchable and reorderable. NY Times has the video of his inauguration speech.]

Republished from Many Eyes.

Screenshot below. View original interactive.

Inauguration Recap 2009 (Kelso)

Monday, January 26th, 2009

In case you were in outer space last week or still can’t get enough Obama Inauguration mania, The Washington Post has a new page dedicated to all our Multimedia offerings for the event. Photo galleries, videos, panoramas, time-lapse photos, and photo mosaics. Sorry, no maps or graphics :\

Here’s a selection:

Capturing History Together
January 20, 2009 – Washington, D.C.
A view of inauguration day at the Capitol as Barack Obama takes his oath of office to become the 44th president of the United States.
Witnessing Barack Obama’s Historic Inauguration
History was made as the 44th president of the United States of America was sworn into office. Here are some moments from the inaugural ceremony.
Thousands of non-ticketed visitors crowd into an overflow area on the National Mall near the Washington Monument to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office as the nation’s 44th president.
People in the U.S. and around the world mark the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.