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Precision Agriculture: Innovations Driving India’s Farming Future

Precision Agriculture What if farming, one of the oldest professions, got an update? In India, geospatial innovations are being utilized to enhance agricultural yields and efficiencies. Precision agriculture is farming that uses technology, such as GIS, GPS, satellite imagery, automation, and more, rather than solely traditional farming methods. By doing this, precision farming enhances sustainability …

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Geo-Ethics of Indigenous Community Mapping 

The Power of Maps Maps have historically played a role in the colonial acquisition of land and are still used today to justify the appropriation of Indigenous territories. Originally crafted for exploring new lands in search of raw material to exploit, maps are now being used by Indigenous communities in an attempt to safeguard the …

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Counter-Cartography: GIS and Anti-Eviction Resistance

Narratives of Displacement and Resistance mural, painted in the Mission’s Clarion Alley in collaboration with Clarion Alley Mural Project.  I. Eviction Crisis As the effects of pandemic-era eviction memoranda fade, the United States finds itself in the throes of an eviction crisis. While evictions are common across OECD member countries, the eviction crisis is by …

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Water is found all over the world—in our oceans, glaciers, rivers, lakes, and underground reservoirs. It has helped grow civilizations, who in turn have harnessed it for better and for worse. The supply of water, whether it is collected through rainfall, snow, or floods, is taken for granted. The syncretism of populations and cultures have …

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Artificial Intelligence and the Smart City

More than half of the world’s population, some 4 billion people, live in cities. By 2050, this proportion will be closer to two-thirds. Like it or not, humanity is increasingly an urban species. Cities and most 21st century problems, from climate change to the global housing crisis, are at least partially urban at their core. …

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The Current State of GeoAI

GeoAI, or Geographic Information System Artificial Intelligence, involves the integration of geospatial information, such as maps, satellite imagery, GPS data, and other location-based data, with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to extract meaningful insights, make predictions, and automate decision-making processes. The integration of machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) with GIS enhances the ability to …

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Geodata at the Intersection of Disease Control and Border Securitization

11/26/2023: The busiest day ever at airports in the US. 2,884,783 people were screened, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted, as well as disrupted, the drastic inequalities around the world, within and between countries’ healthcare, transportation, and agricultural sectors. It has helped provide a fresh perspective on how interconnected the …

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How Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women- GIS and Ecofeminism

Of the many uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), one of the newest is in the study of gender and development. Alongside this emerging discipline exist critiques of GIS and its inherent biases. One such critique by John Pickles points out that GIS users do not acknowledge social context within which GIS operates. This, of …

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Emergency Management, GIS, & Data Privacy

In the wake of disasters, it is critical that emergency response is timely and accurate in order to deal with mitigating, responding, and recovering from these events. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized the way technology and data-driven maps are used to deal with the preliminary as well as the current and lasting impacts of …

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Threads Tied Up in Knots Over Privacy Concerns

Since the launch of Meta’s new app Threads, over 150 million people have registered an account. Released to be a competitor to Twitter, the app is still in its infancy with further development to come. However, even in this early stage, the app has raised serious concerns over privacy violations. Threads has not launched in …

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