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AGU Needs Editor in Chief for JGR‐Biogeosciences Journal

AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief for this exciting journal.

The Editor-in-Chief is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in his/her discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:

- Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community.
- Set the strategy for the journal.
- Lead the editor selection process.
- Assign and balance review work load.
- Decisions of ethics.
- Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports.
- Conduct and attend meetings.

Journal Scope
JGR-Biogeosciences focuses on biogeosciences of the Earth system in the past, present, and future and the extension of this research to planetary studies. The emerging field of biogeosciences spans the intellectual interface between biology and the geosciences and attempts to understand the functions of the Earth system across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Studies in biogeosciences may use multiple lines of evidence drawn from diverse fields to gain a holistic understanding of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems and extreme environments. Specific topics within the scope of the section include process-based theoretical, experimental, and field studies of biogeochemistry, biogeophysics, atmosphere-, land-, and ocean-ecosystem interactions, biomineralization, life in extreme environments, astrobiology, microbial processes, geomicrobiology, and evolutionary geobiology.

If you would like to be considered for the Editor in Chief position of JGR‐Biogeosciences, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to pubmatters@agu.org. If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please make sure that you specify JGR‐Biogeosciences, in the subject line of the email.

Deadline for applications is 15 April 2014.

Free LiDAR Data From Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS)

The Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS) is providing free LiDAR data products!

Background
The Missouri Spatial Data Information Service (MSDIS) is the State of Missouri’s designated National Spatial Data Inventory (NSDI) clearinghouse node. In order to better serve Missouri’s geospatial data users, MSDIS is encouraging node partnerships with other interested distributers of geospatial data in the state. These associations will expand existing partnerships and encourage future collaborations with these partners. MSDIS is also looking to encourage other state academic institutions to partner to expand and leverage MSDIS’s relational network for further research, service and educational opportunities.

Through these efforts MSDIS hopes to build stronger affiliations and further relationships with many groups and entities wherein we can achieve more regionalized data inventory, integration, and warehousing for Missouri. This will also help to achieve further continuity of operations for the MSDIS.

In discussions dating to early 2008, Washington University in St. Louis, expressed an interest in working with MSDIS to further the geospatial goals of Missouri. MSDIS has identified an opportunity in the form of a significant increase in LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging) data being collected in the state. Almost 20% of the state has been collected – representing a total repository of approximately 1TB of data – with rapid growth in these acquisitions occurring in the near future.

LiDAR data products such as derived Digital Elevation Models are in increasing demand across Missouri. Washington University has performed a similar role in their support of NASA projects and associated terrain and image data warehousing. Washington University has the requisite personnel, expertise, data storage space, and server technologies to serve this data to the geospatial community. Under the auspices of MSDIS – and as its first State Clearinghouse Partnership Node, Washington University will act as a central repository for all of the State’s LiDAR raw and derived data products. They will serve the data as received – and provide associated links for inclusion within the MSDIS clearinghouse.

Go to LiDAR LAS Download Tool  (opens in new window)
Go to LiDAR DEM Download Tool  (opens in new window)

An increasing number of LiDAR data products have been made available to the public by various federal, state and local government entities. Hosting is provided in partnership with our state clearinghouse partnership node at Washington University, St. Louis.

LiDAR data products are here: ftp://lidar.wustl.edu/

SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing 2014 - Abstracts Due 14 April

Present and publish your research on sensing technologies for environmental monitoring.

The 2014 SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium in Beijing, China will focus on remote sensing for Earth system science and environmental health monitoring. Submit your abstract and participate in this important event.

Where: Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China
When: 13 - 17 October 2014

Abstracts due 14 April. Submit the abstracts here.

Conference Topics

• Remote sensing of the atmosphere, clouds, and precipitation
• Land surface remote sensing
• Remote sensing of the ocean environment
• Lidar remote sensing for environmental monitoring
• Multispectral, hyperspectral, and ultraspectral remote sensing technology, techniques, and applications
• Earth-observing missions and sensors: development, implementation, and characterization
• Remote sensing and modeling of the atmosphere, oceans, and interactions

Important Dates

Abstracts Date: 14 April 2014
Author Notification: 13 June 2014
Manuscripts Due: 15 September 2014

Earth Science and Climate Change: Earth Science-2014 Conference

Join the 3rd International Conference on Earth Science and Climate Change (Earth Science-2014) on July 28-30, 2014 in San Francisco, USA.

This conference will focus on a number of disciplines and areas of research, and will provide a forum for scientists, postgraduate & graduate students, and representatives from the private sector to discuss recent research and developments in Earth Science & Climate Change Research. The main theme of the conference is: An Insight into the Recent Advancements in Geosciences and Climate Change Control, which is highlighted by the following sessions:

Track 1: Geosciences and Geology
Track 2: Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences
Track 3: Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Track 4: Technologies and Applications of Earth Science
Track 5: Global Warming and Environmental Change
Track 6: Environmental and Marine Sciences
Track 7: Environmental Calamity and Hazards
Track 8: Environmental Management
Track 9: Current Approaches in Environmental Studies
Track 10: Effect of Climate Change on Ecosystem

Please submit your abstract on/before April 20th, 2014.

For more details about the event and abstract submission please click this link: http://www.omicsgroup.com/earth-science-climate-change-conference-2014/cfa.php

New U.S. Census Bureau International Population Data and Maps

The Census Bureau has added to and updated the online collection of subnational population data linked to maps (shapefiles) that are available at the Spatial Data Repository. The Repository contains a variety of data and maps primarily for countries that receive assistance via the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

http://spatialdata.measuredhs.com/

To access the maps, start at the web page above and:

1. Click on Data in the ribbon below the title
2. Under the Select Countries tab at the left, click on Single Country
3. Choose a country in the dropdown menu immediately below the Single Country tab to see available data sets. Census Bureau population data and maps are available for the countries listed below.

- Africa: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- Americas: Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti
- Asia/Europe: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand

In the near future, the Census Bureau will release a seamless global map containing population estimates for tens of thousands of subnational administrative areas globally.

The website below contains links to other Census Bureau international data and map products, including gridded data sets containing population estimates for 100-meter cells for several countries. These are ideal for obtaining neighborhood-level population estimates.

http://www.census.gov/population/international/data/mapping/

Please forward these links to anyone who may have use for detailed international population data and maps. All information on both websites is freely available to the public. We would appreciate hearing about how the data and maps are used, and any other feedback.

List of Fastest Growing ZIP Codes From Maponics

Maponics published this week a list of the top 10 fastest growing ZIP codes in the US for 2013.

Lists of the fastest growing ZIP Codes are usually compiled using population data. But accurate population data is only available from the US Census, and the most recent measured results are from 2010. For a more current understanding of which ZIP Codes are growing, Maponics used quarterly residential delivery counts, which are part of their ZIP Code Boundaries product.

By analyzing residential delivery count information for 2013, Maponics was able to determine which ZIP Codes had the highest increase in residential addresses – a reliable indicator of increased population and real estate growth. 

For further illumination, Maponics appended their Context™ Real Estate Sales and Context™ Real Estate Inventory product data, which provided a snapshot of real estate activity in those ZIPs.

Top 10 Fastest Growing ZIP Codes in the US for 2013:

 #1.    77494 – Katy, TX

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 861
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 93%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $271,875

#2.     77433 – Cypress, TX

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 544
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 99%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $198,786

#3.    92620 – Irvine, CA

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 430
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 99%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $811,000

#4.    79938 – El Paso, TX

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 421
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 98%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $124,031

#5.    95134 – San Jose, CA

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 374
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 95%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $720,000

#6.    78245 – San Antonio, TX

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 346
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 99%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $149,072

#7.    75034 – Frisco, TX

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 341
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 96%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $302,000

#8.    75070 – McKinney, TX

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 332
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 99%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $234,531

#9.    77449 – Katy, TX  (another Katy, TX ZIP code makes the list)

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 332
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 99%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $132,075

#10.  75056 – The Colony, TX

    Median for new residential delivery addresses per quarter in 2013: 314
    Percentage of properties that are single-family homes: 99%
    Median sale price for single-family homes in 2013: $187,188

About Maponics Products

Every quarter, Maponics releases high-quality nationwide postal GIS products – so trusted that USPS.com refers customers looking for ZIP Code map data directly to Maponics.  In fact, Maponics is the only postal map data provider listed on USPS.com as a resource for postal data, ZIP Code maps, carrier route reports, and other postal maps and reports. 

Maponics GIS postal products include ZIP Code Boundaries, Carrier Route Boundaries, and ZIP+4 centroids.

Visit  maponics.com or call 1-800-762-5158 to learn more about our postal and other Maponics products, as well as how to integrate themwith  Context™, Maponics' suite of lifestyle and behavioral analytics.

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The Penn State Public Broadcasting launched the Geospatial Revolution Project, an integrated public media and outreach initiative about the impact of digital mapping. Watch two of the four high-definition video episodes that have already been released. You can visit the project via: geospatialrevolution.psu.edu.

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