Well, I changed the theme for the blog! Come to the page and check it out. The tiled background is of an image taken from Google Earth of the Puget Sound area. I was trying to make the blog site more interesting to look at, so hopefully I accomplished that. Here is the full Google Earth image (which I think I’ve posted in this blog before):
I also made updates to my bio section, “About Me” with a full-sized picture of myself (which was taken last Fall in Minneapolis while visiting extended family). I also added the “Coursework” sub-page with the list of major courses included in my bachelor’s degree program. Looking at my coursework, I realize a couple of things…I’ve been in school awhile and I have gained quite a bit of variable knowledge along the way.
I received a new task at my job at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence today now that I’ve completed the digitizing of wetlands in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia via Google Earth. It’s a pretty simple task. For those not familiar with ArcGIS software, It’s actually a combination of different programs…ArcMap is the primary program for mapping and manipulation of geographic data and their non-geographic attributes. On the database management side is ArcCatalog. My task is to use ArcCatalog to look at how Landsat image files are cataloged and then write out the catalog attributes in an Excel spreadsheet. Basically, I’m trying to create an organized list of file identifiers. Each Landsat image is identified by the following: It’s north-south pass (as Landsat satellites are polar orbiters), the east-west row, which Landsat satellite took the image (Landsat 8 for example is the most recently launched), what year the image was taken and what day of the year out of 365 days the image was taken. It would be more straightforward to describe visually, but I hope you get the basic gist of it.
That project should be straightforward and fairly short. The PhD student I’m working with gave me a glimpse into a project that may come afterwards…perhaps flagging specific images which contained wetlands as well as their date and origin (image taken on this date, by this satellite, on this pass and row, etc). The more stuff for me to do the better!