Tune in for inspiring stories from thought leaders and GIS users across business, government and education in Canada. Get practical tips for applying geospatial thinking to tackle challenges -- from simple ones encountered in everyday life to the most complex issues our world faces today.
Measuring a website’s carbon footprint
Developers Samuel Larsen-Disney and Yannis Panagis won first prize at an Esri Hackathon with DigitalFootprint.earth. It’s a web application that estimates how much carbon dioxide is produced each time you access a website. They told Guan about quantifying the cost of surfing the web and using a 3D globe to visualize that.
Whales, Drones and Maps
Marine biologist Dr. Vanessa Pirotta and location intelligence expert Brett Dixon discuss their collaboration to study humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean using drones and geospatial visualization.
The future of drone delivery
Michael Healander, CEO of Airspace Link, talks about drone delivery technology and how robotic flight is improving efficiency in the logistics industry and how drones can complement existing industries in an environmentally positive way.
Geographical Thinking Caps: Reach for the Top Five
Esri Canada’s funcast podcast is back, and this journey to geo-glory will be taken five responses at a time. David Kossowsky and Jasmine Sohal battle each other to find the top five answers to geographic questions. What are the five fastest growing cities in Canada? Which five countries consume the most wine? Where are the five smallest U.S. states? Join us as we tackle these brain teasers and many more as the drive for five goes full throttle. Survey says – FUN!
Drone project in Matawa First Nations
Matawa is a tribal council that looks after 9 First Nation communities in northern Ontario. Their land covers an area more than twice the size of New Brunswick and is difficult to navigate. But they need to study the land to make informed decisions about its’ future use. So they taught themselves drone technology and mapped all their communities at 1cm accuracy, in six months. It’s an extraordinary feat and Sarah Cockerton, manager of the Four Rivers Environmental Group explains how they did it.
A Coroner's Map
There are 180 cases of unidentified human remains in BC. These are cases that have been cold for years, some for decades. Ian Charlton, a spatial analyst with BC Coroner's Services at the time, thought by putting the information about the remains on an interactive map he might engage the public and spark some new leads. The success of the map was beyond Ian's expectation. He talked to Guan about the journey and how GIS helped solve a missing person case.