Newest The Ocean Economy: It’s Still Big and Growing!

by Monday, June 8, 2015 @ .

In his previous blog post on the ocean economy, my colleague, Jeff Adkins, promised a second part to his blog post. If you knew him like I know him, you wouldn’t be holding your breath. Jeff’s gone fishing...   So let’s put an end to your suspense, letting me pick up the baton. The U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy is a large, complex, and highly productive part of our nation’s economy. It’s six ocean-dependent sectors support our lives, lifestyle, and livelihoods. And it is growing! In 2012, the ocean and Great Lakes economy employed almost 3 million persons, up

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DAV: Un Manual de Usario (con Fotos)

by Thursday, May 28, 2015 @

DAV: Operating Manual (with Photos) Recently, the Digital Coast data team received a request for Data Access Viewer (DAV) instructions from a Spanish-speaking, Peruvian user. She was looking for free lidar to use for educational purposes.  It's odd to have received such an inquiry since DAV was built for downloading lidar, imagery, and land cover in an intuitive way, or so it was thought. On a



The One Percent Solution, or the Value of Information Quandary

by Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @

Assume for the moment that through some completely legal means I know with certainty the price of Apple stock at the NASDAQ closing bell. How much would you pay for that information? Well, it depends. If the information refers to yesterday’s closing price, the value of that information is very low. But if: the information refers to tomorrow’s closing price, and if you trust me enough

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Mistakes People Make—Common Data Access Viewer Errors

by Monday, April 27, 2015 @

A lot of the geospatial data hosted on the Digital Coast is made available through the Data Access Viewer (aka DAV). The DAV lets you customize a lot of things about your data, particularly the lidar data. Sometimes it gives you enough rope to hang yourself. Today I'm going to cover a few of the common errors we see with lidar data requests. Contours: Single Versus Interval [caption id="attachme

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Bursting Your Bubble

by Monday, April 13, 2015 @

Don’t get upset, I am not bursting YOUR bubble, but rather remote sensing wants to burst surf zone bubbles. Although it may be fun for recreational activities like surfing, fishing, and boogie boarding, the surf zone is an area that makes remote sensing professionals cringe. Why? Because it is difficult to collect relevant and useful data. It would be great if we could just ignore this thin st

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WGS84 Versus NAD83—What about the Vertical?

by Friday, March 27, 2015 @

I am not a geodesist. I work for an agency that has some geodesists, but I don’t even play one on TV. That's my disclaimer and I’m sticking to it. I do, however, have occasion to work with various horizontal and vertical datums in my day job (if the term datum is new to you, you might want to check out this tutorial on datums). One of the things I frequently come across is a confusion regardin



by Friday, March 20, 2015 @

If you read this title as “pound Coastal Resiliency” or thought “there really should be a space between those words” I think you might be out of the loop when it comes to modern society. #Hashtags and social media are already dominating most aspects of daily life and there are no signs of it slowing. Here are some statistics to enlighten you regarding only one source of social media: Twit

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