Saturday, 29 March 2014

List of Remote Sensing and GIS links

Here is a list of Remote Sensing and GIS links that may be useful and/or interesting:

Remote Sensing and GIS software, tutorials etc. - Dan Clewley's blog on open-source remote sensing software. - Online access to ArcGIS Help. - Opticks - free open source image analysis software. - QGIS project page where you can find the free and open source QGIS software.  - A self-paced course on QGIS from the Free and Open Source Software 4 Geo Academy. There are two modules currently, an introduction and cartography (June 2014) with more coming soon. - QGIS blog by QGIS developer and data visualisation specialist Anita Graser. - A GIS blog containing tips and tutorials on QGIS.  Blog by Luca Congedo, the author of the Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin for QGIS that allows for supervised Land Cover classifications. Carleton University Open Source GIS tutorials. - Viking: a free and open source program to manage GPS data. This can import data from a GPS device and add map layers from OpenStreetMap and digital elevation model data. GIS information portal. Online converter in Javascript from Lat/Long to OSGB grid references and vice versa. Downloadable Grid Inquest software to convert between Lat/long and OSGB grid references. An online batch converter is also available.
Tutorial for WebGL. WebGL is an in-browser 3D renderer based on OpenGL, which lets you display your 3D content directly into an HTML5 page.

Python: - The official Python website with online documentation and tutorials. - Remote Sensing and GIS library: a collection of tools for processing remote sensing and GIS datasets, used via a Python library or XML bindings. - ARCSI atmospheric correction software (Python). - Py6S (Second Simulation of the Satellite Signal in the Solar Spectrum) - a Python library implementing atmospheric correction models. - video lecture on matplotlib (plotting library for Python) by one of its developers (dates from 2008).

a few links from astronomers - some of which may be applicable to remote sensing: - Joel Lawhead's Geospatial Python blog. - Python Shapefile library. geopy - geocoding for python

Online Mapping OpenStreetMap - a free and user-editable online map. Website of OSM developer Andy Allan. OSM data with topography of UK and Ireland exported for Garmin GPS units. A Javascript tool to export directions as a GPX file from Google Maps. Draw the elevation profile of your bicycle routes. Soviet military topographic maps.

Downloadable GIS data UK Ordnance Survey Open Data. Various raster and vector layers are available. - A categorised list of freely available GIS data compiled by Robin Wilson.

Cartography and Data Visualisation Advice - Colour Palettes, including selecting palettes to reproduce effectively in print, and for colour-blind viewers. for data scientists. Generate and refine palettes of optimally distinct colors.  Freelance data visualisation consultant Jason Davies' page. NASA blog on data visualisation. Data visualisation online community and blog. An example of rendering a large terrain in 3D using WebGL. Ideas and Techniques about Relief Presentation on Maps. Includes a cleaned of artifacts topographic and bathymetric dataset for cartographic purposes.

GIS Data visualisation examples The DataShine mapping platform from the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. Shows a selection of data from the 2011 England and Wales and Cornwall census. The visualisation clips the output polygons to where there are buildings according to OS Opendata vector maps.

General Mapping Fun - how to use Google Fusion tables to make a visualisation of data on a customized Google Map. - an example that I did much of the coding for. - a lot of interesting things done with maps (warning - procrastination alert!). - Strange Maps (warning - procrastination alert!)

Travel time maps - find areas within a certain travel time by public transport to a location. This assumes you can walk on water similar, allows using different kinds of transport

Remote Sensing data and information on sensors: US geological survey Earth Explorer interface for accessing Landsat (and other) satellite data. Landsat home page. NASA Landsat Science page. ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) homepage. ASTER is an imaging instrument onboard Terra, the flagship satellite of NASA's Earth Observing System(EOS) information on TERRASAR-X (Synthetic aperture radar satellite)  SPOT 1 to 7 (optical high-resolution multispectral commercially operated satellites).  The Copernicus programme (previously known as the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme (GMES)), including the current and upcoming Sentinel series of earth observation satellites. Website of Satellite Imaging Corporation - including information on Worldview series of satellites.

Earth-based Applications - The Atlas of UK Marine Renewable Energy Resources. - Quantarctica - A collection of datasets focused on Antarctica for use with QGIS.  Arctic Sea-Ice Monitor, by the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) in corporation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) . A map of (modelled from urbanization) night sky light pollution across Europe. A map of Great Britain can be viewed at  SahulTime is an ongoing project to create a visual, interactive representation of the Earth's history. Observe the geography of Australasia over the last 120,000 years. Visualization of weather data. The program can download NOAA  (GFS Model) weather forecasts for 8 days ahead for anywhere in the world. - A data visualization project for "Making sense of climate change responsibility and vulnerability", created by Kiln (website with other examples).

Planetary Science Applications NASA Planetary Data System.  PDS Geosciences Node Orbital Data Explorer, covering Mars, the Moon, Mercury and Venus. Main NASA Mars page. JMARS is an acronym that stands for Java Mission-planning and Analysis for Remote Sensing. It is a geospatial information system (GIS) developed by ASU's Mars Space Flight Facility to provide mission planning and data-analysis tools to NASA's orbiters, instrument team members, students of all ages, and the general public. HiView is a downloadable software tool, the best way to explore HiRISE (the high resolution imaging instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) images of the Martian surface at the full resolution of the imagery.  Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin web interface to the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera image archive. information on Chang'e 3 Chinese lunar mission. information on Chang'e 3 Chinese lunar mission. Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter homepage. NASA Cassini Orbiter page. CICLOPS (Cassini Imaging Central Laboratry for Operations) i.e. optical and near infrared imaging. Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer website.

LaTeX (Document processing)  Getting to Grips with LaTeX by Andrew Roberts.

Games - Geoguessr - Google Street View guess the location game. - similar - this one has a time limit. - Urban Jungle Street View.