Playas and Wetlands of the Southern Ogallala Aquifer Data Released

Posted Monday, 1 September 2014 by Brian
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I haven’t had a chance to explore this myself, but it looks like it might be a good data resource for those working in this region. Check it out!

Originally posted on Spatial Reserves:

A new web resource from Texas Tech University of playas and wetlands for the southern High Plains region of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico offers a wide variety of spatial data on this key resource and region.  The playa and wetlands GIS data are available for download here, including shapefile, geodatabase, and layer package formats.   The data include 64,726 wetland features, of which 21,893 are identified as playas and another 14,455 as unclassified wetlands; in other words, they appear to be a playa but have no evidence of a hydric soil.   The remaining features include impoundments, riparian features lakes, and other wetlands.

As we discuss in our book, (1) Many spatial data depositories seem to have been created without the GIS user in mind. Not this one.  Careful attention has been paid to the data analyst.  That’s good news!  (2)  Resources such as this don’t appear without…

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To Blog or Not to Blog…

Posted Monday, 1 September 2014 by Brian
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Wow, this thing is still here? I haven’t posted anything here in a long time; I’m a bit surprised that WordPress didn’t just delete it! Well, maybe that’s a good thing, as I’m thinking of giving this blogging thing a try again.

There is so much going on out there regarding climate change and the environment and urbanism, and there are moments when I think I might have something to say about it all. The challenge, as always, is finding time and energy to sit down and actually do it. My life has changed tremendously in the past few years, so the challenge is greater now than ever. But maybe if I start out small, just posting or reblogging interesting things once or twice per week, I can transition into it.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Hopefully there will be more here soon!

An Interview with DOT Secretary Ray LaHood

Posted Monday, 20 September 2010 by Brian
Categories: cars, infrastructure, public transit, sustainable transportation, transit, transportation, urban policy

This morning, The Infrastructurist posted a great interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. It is a good insight into the Obama Administration’s transportation priorities, as well as some background on the secretary himself and his bipartisan relationship with the President. I tried embedding the video here, but can’t seem to get it to cooperate, so head over to The Infrastructurist to check this out. Enjoy!

On a personal note…

Posted Thursday, 16 September 2010 by Brian
Categories: colorado, community development, gis, job hunting, planning

Starting Monday, I will be starting an internship as a Research Assistant at the Colorado Center for Community Development. I will be doing geographic information system (GIS) work, primarily consolidating geospatial data, conducting analysis, and producing maps in support of a variety of projects. The projects I will mainly be focusing on are for the center’s Learning Landscapes group.

I am looking forward to this work. I am currently taking a course on community development, so this will give me some hands on experience in this area. I am also looking forward to learning more about, and contributing too, other aspects of urban sustainability, particularly the public health aspects. Wish me luck!

Seeking Ecopolis Listed Among Top 50 Urban Policy Wonk Bloggers

Posted Wednesday, 8 September 2010 by Brian
Categories: seeking ecopolis, urban policy

Top 50 Urban Policy Wonk Bloggers.

I have no idea how it happened, but my little experiment in blogging about the search for ecopolis has been listed among 50 blogs about urban policy! This is a very humbling thing. Given my school schedule and other commitments, this is has been a very inconsistent endeavor on my part, and I really appreciate the acknowledgement.

A big thanks to the Public Servant Blog for including me in this list. I am very honored. In thanks, I am going to add them to my blogroll; please check them out!

Hm, does this now mean I need to update more often? ;)

Cars make you fat so says graffiti – Holy Kaw!

Posted Monday, 30 August 2010 by Brian
Categories: cars, cycling, lifestyles, new urbanism, planning, sustainable transportation, transportation

Cars make you fat so says graffiti – Holy Kaw!.

This came around on the Next Generation Urbanists email list this morning, and I just had to share. A bit preachy, maybe, but it so gets the point across. Enjoy!

Underwater: Negative Equity Mortgages By State : NPR

Posted Monday, 30 August 2010 by Brian
Categories: academia, gis, housing, land use, planning

Underwater: Negative Equity Mortgages By State : NPR.

NPR had an interesting map up last week showing state-by-state the percentage of people underwater on their home mortgages. I have long been a believer in the power of maps to communicate data quickly in an easy-to-understand format. This lies at the root of my interest in geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool to help analyze urban sustainability and develop plans for the future. Check this out and get a sense of just how extensive the problem is and how it compares state-by-state.


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