A scene from Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan.
Maps can be an invaluable tool in a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. A pilot project trained Syrian refugees at a Jordan camp to create their own.
Dust storms in the Gulf of Alaska, captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite.
There are more satellites than ever before, orbiting Earth and collecting data that's crucial for scientists. Why do some nations choose not to share that data openly?
An aerial view, using drones, could make a big difference to mapping land across Africa.
Creating a reliable, up to date land register is important for African countries. Drones can help collect and record the necessary data.
Ten states need to move the markers.
Quirky tourists, heads up! The old way to calculate geographical centers of U.S. states is out of date. To set course for a state's true center, read up on the azimuthal equidistant projection.
Worldmapper.org / Sasi Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
Nothing is where you think it is.
More than cluster of people and buildings, urbanity is a concentration of encounters and connections.
We're still in the early days of understanding how cities work. But we do know that creative, healthy and productive cities have certain things in common – and it's all to do with their 'urban DMA'.
Some parts of Antarctica’s Totten Glacier are more stable than others.
New mapping shows how Antarctica's huge Totten Glacier has retreated far inland, raising sea levels by more than a metre. Rising temperatures could trigger it to do so again.
Route mapping apps such as Strava are popular with cyclists, but you need to protect your privacy.
If you use one of the many apps to map your walking, jogging or cycling route then you could be giving away information that could be abused by others.
Indonesia wants to restore its degraded peatlands. But first it needs to know how to map them.
Last year, fires burned 2 million hectares of peatlands in Indonesia. The country wants to restore them. But first it needs to know the extent and depth of its peatlands.
The biggest state has a brand new map.
Geologic Map of Alaska
On printed maps, piling on the detail risks obscuring the meaning. This new digital map is really more of a database from which users can create different versions that match their own interests.
Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities.
Where you live affects your health and life expectancy. This makes it possible to map health outcomes against train stations, so that you can readily see the inequalities across cities like Melbourne.
The urban landscape is complex and ever-changing in cities such as Perth, but digital aerial photography can now monitor even the smallest changes.
Constant, complex changes in cities and mine sites are hard to monitor. Drawing on digital aerial photography, it's now possible to track land-use and vegetation changes in areas as small as 10-20cm.
A geomobile revolution is coming.
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There's a global race on to harness mapping technology, delivering companies the data they need to gain a competitive advantage.
New Arctic map, with August 2015 Russian claims shown in pale yellow.
Maps depicting Russia's old and new bids to the Arctic seabed are being misinterpreted to fuel fears about the nation's expansion.
Today’s maps boast incredible detail and accuracy - but Smith’s were pretty good.
This year marks the 200th anniversary since William Smith published his life’s work, a geological map of England and Wales, in 1815. While “Strata Smith” and his map are well-known among geologists, this…
For Google, the map is not the end product.
Google has managed to map most of the world. Recently, the company offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how it’s built the Google Maps application using a combination of technology (the Google Street…
Most new roads will be built in developing nations. Here, a road-killed tapir in Peninsula Malaysia.
© WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong
“The best thing you could do for the Amazon is to blow up all the roads.” These might sound like the words of an eco-terrorist, but it’s actually a direct quote from Professor Eneas Salati, a forest climatologist…
The first complete, high resolution digital map of the Great Barrier Reef has been produced by a group of researchers from…
Marlgu Billabong in Australia’s Kimberley region, which new research nominates as a smart place to invest in conservation.
As the dust settles on the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the science of climate change, the obvious question is: what do we do next? Our research, published in Nature…
High-resolution gravity maps – such as this one showing Australia and its northern neighbours – were constructed from three billion calculations.
Hirt et al
Think back to high-school science. Do you remember what the value of acceleration due to gravity at the Earth’s surface - denoted as “g” in textbooks - is? For those whose memories may need a bit of prodding…