Newest 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 to act upon that information, and if you have a lot of money to invest… Well, THAT would be some pretty valuable information. Those three “ifs” represent three factors that help determine t

Elevation, General


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

Elevation, General

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

Elevation, General


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



There’s a Pixel in My Pocket!

by Monday, March 2, 2015 @

The following is a remote sensing scientist's geeky birthday tribute to Dr. Suess, who taught us all that "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive…who is you-er than you!" Happy Birthday Dr. Suess...And happy Read Across America Day!   There's A Pixel in My Pocket! I’m a GeoZone geek And I’m happy to say “There’s a pixel in my pocket

Economics, General


The Ocean Economy: We Thought It Was Big—Turns Out, It’s Bigger

by Monday, February 23, 2015 @

But before we get to that, here are a few random thoughts placed here to grab your attention. Let’s say a company is in the menhaden business. Menhaden are awful-tasting little fish that are harvested in large numbers and processed in factories to produce stuff that is used in other factories to make dietary supplements (fish oils rich in omega 3 fatty acids), animal feed, and a lot of other

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