In remote sensing analysis, the higher the image resolution the more valuable the asset.  In this post we cover pansharpening, the process of using high resolution panchromatic imagery to improve the resolution of coarser multispectral imagery. I’m not a big fan of all those CSI-type shows, especially when it comes to their treatment of images.  […]


Remotely sensed images are incredibly useful sources of GIS data.  In this post we begin looking at using satellite images to create useful GIS data. Without giving too much away about myself, one of my top five absolute favourite Van Morrison songs is Wavelength, from the 1978 (egads!) album of the same name.  It might […]

Deleting Smokers – Part 1

This is the first post in a series covering the development of a Python script to carry out some analysis.  We cover the idea behind the script and develop some pseudo-code used to flesh it out. For those of you having trouble sleeping, this post may be the one for you.  In several previous posts, we’ve […]

Which Way to Mecca?

Knowing the direction to Mecca is important to all Muslims.  This post goes into the best way to find it. (Updated May, 2019 to take compass variation into account.) Today is Friday and all over the world, Muslims will join together for Friday prayers, like a wave washing over the world from east to west.  […]

I Can See For Miles and Miles and Miles

Viewsheds are useful layers that allow us to model visibility of features on the surface of the earth.  In this post we look at the effect of the curvature of the earth on these raster layers With due homage to The Who, this post goes out to all those who adhere to the crazy idea […]

Paths to Good GIS: Default Workspaces

Setting default workspaces is a good data management habit to get into – it may save you lots of heartache when saving new layers. There are lots of things that contribute to doing good GIS work, and practicing good file management has to be near the top.  Anyone who has done any amount of GIS […]

Fixing Common ArcGIS Problems

This post covers some of the common problems that arise with ArcGIS, and how to fix them. There’s no getting around the fact that GIS is frustrating.  And it doesn’t get any better as you do; the problems just transmogrify into different kinds of challenges.  In this post we’ll look at the top five common […]

Lost in the Arctic

In this post we look at a challenging map situation and how some cartographic choices got in the way of a good article. While perusing the web recently, I came across an article on the lack of ice regrowth in the Arctic this year.  It’s highlighting that at this time in the northern hemisphere, sea ice should be […]

Eye Popping Details from LiDAR Data

This post covers some of the amazing detail contained in newish LiDAR-derived DEMs for Canterbury. LiDAR has popped up in many posts here – and rightfully so.  It’s not too much of an overstatement that these data are revolutionising terrain analysis.  I thought it might be enlightening to show some of that detail from a […]

A Cautionary Tale of Tahr

A simple mistake crept into a map just recently so this post is a cautionary tale about being very thorough about checking all aspects of your map before it is “done”. This post is written as a cautionary tale.  Here’s the background.  I recently got an email from Geoff Kerr, who serves on the board […]