Ricardo's Blog

by Ricardo Morin

New project, new tools! Yay!

New Project

I am really excited about a new project that I am starting for Provita. Provita is an environmental Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Venezuela which has been working hard for decades for the conservation of endangered species and their habitats in my country of birth. I am honored to have been accepted as a volunteer in this great organization, and I am looking forward to contributing my efforts to the mission.

As soon as I have some results to show, I will be posting the details here. For the time being, I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the requirements of the project and how I went about selecting the development tools that I chose.


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Logging visualization update: mo' data

Visualization now includes BLM, private and state lands data


The logging visualization site now includes data from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which expands the scope to cover nearly all federal public lands in Oregon. Where official records are incomplete, we include clearcuts on federal lands using data gathered by Oregon Wild using a combination of public records and aerial imaging assessments.

In addition to public records from federal agencies, we have added clearcuts on private and state lands for the 2001-2017 time period using forest loss gleaned from Landsat satellite images thanks to the excellent Global Forest Change project.


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New HOWL Project: Logging Visualization

Visualization and time-based animation of logging activities in Oregon


The latest HOWL project is about raising awareness of logging activities in Oregon.

We are starting the project with the visualization of logging activities in National Forests. Later on, we will add logging activities in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. And finally, we will attempt to include logging activities in private lands as well.


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New HOWL Spotlight: Recent Wildfire Perimeters

3D time-based animation of recent (and current) wildfires in Oregon


I am pleased to announce that today I released a new HOWL ‘spotlight’ that maps recent (and current) wildfires in Oregon. This ‘spotlight’ displays wildfire data for the current and two past years from the GeoMAC database of fire perimeters.


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Pick location (lat/long) when updating content

It is now possible to pick a location when updating content


Adding a new item to the Threats ‘spotlight’ grabs the latitude and longitude of the double click position on the map, so the values do not need to be explicitly known. However, sometimes the location of an item needs to be updated, but entering latitude and longitude directly on the form is not very friendly when the coordinates are not known in advance.

Now, latitude and longitude can be picked from the map when updating an item. Simply click on the marker icon displayed on the form.


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New HOWL feature - ability to update content

It is now possible to update HOWL selected content directly from the application


Up until now, the data behind HOWL ‘spotlights’ has been pre-processed off-line and loaded onto static files. This means that any data changes must be performed by a HOWL developer and deployed to the web site like a new application release.


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