USGS EROS Releases New GloVis

Congratulations to Innovate Senior Software Engineer, Jo Wahle, who played a key role in the successful overhaul of the GloVis tool.   EROS recently released the next-generation USGS tool for quick browse visualization and download of remote sensing data. The USGS Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis) has long been considered one of the best options for rapid search and access to remote sensing data. The redesigned GloVis continues the spirit of the previus “Classic” version by providing a simple, interactive method to locate imagery. It also includes many new features, including browse image visualization at up to full resolution, co-discovery of multiple datasets, improved browser support, and enhanced viewer capabilities. Ms. Wahle maintains and supports GloVis by performing all phases of software development, such as planning, designing, testing, and implementing new software.

Innovate’s Matthew Schauer: Contributing Author to Article in Remote Sensing of Environment

Innovate proudly congratulates our team member, Matthew Schauer, for his recent contribution to Remote Sensing of Environment, an interdisciplinary journal that serves the remote sensing community with the publication of results on theory, science, applications and technology of remote sensing of Earth resources and environment.

Mr. Schauer participated in a team working within Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) to analyze Satellite-based water use dynamics using historical Landsat data (1984–2014) in the southwestern United States. This study demonstrates a useful application of “Big Data” science, where large volumes of historical Landsat and weather datasets were used to quantify and understand the relative importance of water management and climate variability in crop water use dynamics. Their findings helped to identify linkages among water management decisions, hydrologic processes, and economic transactions. In addition, their research validates that similar studies conducted in other parts of the world could help policy and decision makers understand and quantify various aspects of water resources management.

This article is available on Science Direct.

Matt Schauer is a GIS Analyst and scientist with Innovate!, Inc. at the U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center and lives in Sioux Falls, SD.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Urban Geography and a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research uses remote sensing to analyze historical water use patterns.

Innovate COO, Phill Thomas, Joins the AFCEA Bethesda Board as VP of Small Business

In alignment with Innovate’s passion to connect innovation and technology, Phill Thomas (COO) has joined the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Bethesda Board as Vice President of Small Business. Mr. Thomas is excited by this opportunity to help those who serve as well as contribute to AFCEA’s mission.

AFCEA is a professional association and non-profit group that connects innovative people, great ideas and vital solutions to advance global security. They develop networking and educational opportunities and provide them in an ethical forum. This enables military, government, industry and academia to align technology and strategy to meet the needs of those who serve.

AFCEA Bethesda is the premier civilian chapter of AFCEA International. On average, they connect with more than 250 senior government executives who participate as speakers for our widely-attended annual events, to include monthly breakfasts, full day conferences, symposia and executive dinners.

Innovate! Celebrates Earth Day

Innovate feels a strong sense of stewardship for the environment and invests in green initiatives that will positively impact our planet and our future. We strive to be a leader in sustainability, from our telecommuting model to reduce green-house gas emissions to our Green IT practices. We care about our planet and working toward a bright future.

Being a remote-based organization does not impair our ability to support this shared mission – it only strengthens our bond! This Earth Day, our team went outside and celebrated across the Nation – from planting a tree in Idaho, to picking up litter in Virginia, to cleaning our waterways in South Dakota!

From all us here at Innovate,

Happy Earth Day!

EROS Scientists Extend Crop-Type Map Archive for CONUS by 8 Years

From 2008-2013, the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) archive only provided conterminous U.S. crop-type maps. Earth Resources and Observation Science (EROS) scientists Aaron Friesz (Innovate), Bruce Wylie, and Danny Howard wanted to document actual crop distribution going farther back in time to better assess whether crop areas were carbon sinks or carbon sources.

The team formulated a method to extend the NASS conterminous Cropland Data Layer archive back 8 additional years using carbon flux models. They conducted a feasibility assessment on crop typing in the Greater Platte River Valley and Great Plains for mapping crop types with primarily the phenological signal of weekly MODIS Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data. Howard presented their findings at an annual American Geophysical Union conference. The response was promising: “he [Howard] said [that] there were lots of people very excited about it who wanted it for the wider conterminous U.S.,” said Wylie. Hydrologists wanted it to help estimate regional water use among different crops while others saw value in knowing how crop type may affect regional pesticide impacts and determining whether specific crops were long-term regional carbon sources or carbon sinks.

Using more than 11 million records, the scientists trained a classification tree algorithm and developed a crop classification model that extended the NASS CDL archive back 8 years from 2008, producing a consistent time series of major crop-type maps for the CONUS at 250-meter spatial resolution for 2000 to 2013. Their research suggests that it is possible to produce these annual crop-type maps by September 2017. This modeling analysis will provide annual updates of crop types, crop water use, and carbon flux. “Our long-time series also allows the assessment of historic impacts of policy and economics,” Wylie said.

Join us for Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Webinar Feb. 23rd

Frank Roberts, from Esri Partner, Innovate! Inc., will be presenting a webinar on:
“Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS – The next frontier in web and mobile mapping”
This presentation will focus on a number of real world implementations of the new Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.

February 23rd 2015 8:00 A.M. Central

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Mentor Protégé Agreement

Innovate kicked off our Mentor Protégé Agreement with SGT on January 21, 2015.  Innovate and SGT leadership commented on the value this partnership will create for each company. Team members had the opportunity to meet one another and begin knowledge sharing. 

North Idaho GIS Group

The North Idaho Annual GIS winter event occurred in Spirit Lake, Idaho on the January 18th.  The gathering was hosted by Frank Roberts of Innovate!, Inc. There was great attendance, with over 30 people joining in the festivities.  Representatives from Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, City of Hayden, City of Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Bonner County, Kootenai County were in attendance.  The group plans to meet again this summer.

2 Great New Apps!

Innovate added 2 great apps to the ArcGIS Marketplace in 2014. The first is an Innovate ArcGIS Online Jumpstart offering which includes an exclusive suite of Innovate widgets and applications which add functionality to web maps and help manage map services.  The Innovate Server Monitor was also added which is a configurable hosted ArcGIS Server solution that lets you monitor system resources, ArcGIS Server services, and security tokens.  In the event of a failure, the Innovate Server Monitor will alert you or text message.
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