Here’s a nifty little free program that’s been popping up more and more lately. It’s a Windows-based “real-time” global earthquake viewing program called Earthquake 3D. It’s nothing fancy, and for me it’s much more of a toy since I can kind of build a three-dimensional picture of things by virtue of years of experience.
I thought I’d post it up though with the most recent earthquake in the Canterbury, New Zealand region in the news. [Lyttelton & Christchurch]. There are two versions. One is less robust and free; whereas, the other requires a little donation but has a little bit more capability.
The download page is located HERE.
Earthquake 3D screen capture of Oceana – www.wolton.net, 2011
I’m not going to spend a lot of time on how this program works because I think most of you can figure it out. It’s pretty intuitive and the onboard Help page is pretty easy. Again, it’s a novelty tool for those interested in looking at global earthquakes in different ways and quickly.
I do want to mention to the families of the victims of the most recent earthquakes in Canterbury: The world is there with you at least in spirit. Many . . . → Read More: Earthquake 3D Global Monitor
Looking around town ahead of some warmer weather and outdoor activities, I checked out the Wake County GIS Internet Multi Access Parcel System. A mouthful for sure. We can just call it IMAPs, or interactive maps to keep things simple here. This system is so cool for looking up places to check out geology, do some forward recon for photography, or just snooping around in general. What is it?
IMAPs is a Geographic Information Systems [GIS] interactive, web-based tool published by Wake County and Raleigh, North Carolina. I believe there may be some coordination between the municipal end and North Carolina State University and UNC Chapel Hill. What is GIS?
GIS is an approach to mapping electronic data stored in a database. It’s extremely useful because of the way things are mapped. Data are queried in a transparent fashion behind the scenes from a relational database, and then filtered, organized, and managed on individual sets of digital drawings. These drawings are referred to as layers. Think of each layer as a sheet of clear paper with one type of data drawn on it: roads for example. Another layer may have rivers. And another layer may contain land use information [wilderness, . . . → Read More: Interactive Online GIS Tool