EarthObserver – global exploration via iphone


Apparently I am on an iPhone roll here… Another rich set of GIS data from the Center of International Earth Science Information Network and others is available on your iphone from an app built by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. This one will require a network connection to browse through over 30 global layers of geology, geologic history (eg. ocean floor crustal age, etc), land cover and surface (eg. primary productivity of SE Asia, etc), human impact (eg. population density, human footprint index, etc) and more. As far as I can tell, it’s the same research grade collection as available on the main CIESIN website, so a fun way to preview on your mobile device what you can access in your GIS. Seems like a worthwhile $3!


GIS in your pocket – CA Geology

Mapping Data

Integrity Logic’s opening statement says it all: “What if you could hold all of California in the palm of your hand?” They have packed a lot of GIS datasets into an iphone app so you can explore California’s geology, geologic features, hydrology and much more with the usual iphone accessibility to GPS, screen capture etc. Because all the data is locally stored on your device, you are free from the wi-fi or cellular network tether and can use it in the field. The company has similar datasets in separate iphone apps for other states, such as Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Georgia, Colorado, Minnesota and more.

Thanks, Pascal, for sharing this info!

iNaturalist- Explore, Record & Share your Observations

Mapping Data

iNaturalist.orgIf you are not familiar with iNaturalist, go check it out! There is a lot of functionality here with a smooth interface that sets it apart from other citizen science websites. iNaturalist satisfies the naturalist in all of us and allows you to share and communicate with a growing community of observant nature lovers around the world.

Recently an iphone app for iNaturalist has been released so you can make your observations on the go, and post your info when you are back in wi-fi or cellular range.

A class at SFSU will start to use it to record their observations on their fieldtrips to the Angelo Reserve in northern California.

The Places feature is a great way to start cataloging observations for specific protected area and building a way to inventory and monitor species. If you don’t see a checklist for your local park, you can easily start to build it yourself.

The future of mobilized biodiversity data is here and will be exciting to see how this and other efforts to capitalize on collection data housed in natural history collections worldwide.