King County Solid Waste uses GIS to assess equity and social justice programs

A King County policy priority is building equity and opportunity for all. King County’s pro-equity policy agenda has eight focus areas, one of which is environment and climate. Recently I worked with the King County Solid Waste Division to help develop an ArcGIS Online web application for the equity and social justice (ESJ) assessments of…

GIS and all of us

Today I find myself in a field, GIS, that was practically in its infancy when I started to learn how to make maps, but which has engulfed cartography in what has become a vastly broader spatial-knowledge and spatial-communication industry. There is no better evidence of that than the annual Esri User Conference which I and many of my King County colleagues are attending this week.

Can you hear me now? Shapefiles to the rescue?

How do you choose a cell phone service provider? This is a consumer decision that is driven by geography. Are you someone who just doesn’t travel a lot and looks forward to an annual stay-cation? Or do you have wanderlust and criss-cross the state and country as often as your budget and free time allows?…

Who’s Your Climate Twin?

I’m living in Seattle, so why does it feel like I’m in Portland? We know the climate is changing. But what exactly will the weather be like at some point in the future for where I live right now? Good question. Predictive climate models can help give us some understanding, but narrative descriptions of more…

June KCGIS User Group meeting: GIS Potpourri

Potpourri, so says Wikipedia, ‘…is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant materials, used to provide a gentle natural scent, commonly in residential settings.’ What’s that got to do with GIS? Potpourri is also a common Jeopardy category – a collection of incongruous things. Maybe that’s what’s intended by the June 2019 King County GIS…