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U.S. Geological Survey Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Roadmap 2014

Categories: Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Provides operational procedures and lessons learned from completed missions testing the efficacy of using drones for acquiring remotely-sensed data in hard-to-access areas.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Food Access Research Atlas

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Maps/Geography,Statistics

Presents a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility and more.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Geographical Mobility: 2013 to 2014

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Statistics

About 12% of the U.S. population continues to move annually and movement continues to reflect an inner city to suburbs pattern.  Press release with links to detailed statistical tables.  From the Census Bureau


The 2013 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE): An Overview

Categories: Health Insurance,Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Statistics

Shows the number of people with and without health insurance coverage by states and each of the nation’s 3,140 counties by means of thematic maps.  From the Census Bureau


Understanding Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Implications for Management and Restoration—The EasternShore

The Eastern Shore only includes 7% of the Bay watershed  but contribute a disproportionate amount of nitrogen and phosphorus to Bay waters.  This report covers the importance of the Eastern Shore to the Bay, the major sources of nitrogen and phosphorus, and the management practices that would be most effective in mitigating the problem.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


The Changing Shape of American Cities

Categories: Maps/Geography,Statistics,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

Describes demographic changes in U.S. metropolitan areas since 1990, especially the revitalization/gentrification of inner city cores and the movement of lower income people to inner suburbs.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Landsat: Overview and Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Maps/Geography,Science/Technology

Landsat 8, launched in 2013 by NASA, is the latest in a string of earth-observing satellites going back to 1972.  This report focuses on whether there should be a Landsat 9, whether the effort should be privatized, the value of continuous earth monitoring, and the cost of such a project.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan: After a Decade of Reconstruction …

Categories: Afghanistan,Drug Trafficking,Maps/Geography

Finds that after the spending of $7 billion on counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan, opium poppy cultivation levels are at an all-time high.  From the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction


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