Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Like a bird! The world from above

 Image above: Using geotags to map various cities In Europe

The world from above
One of the incredible changes resulting from the georevolution is that the community is now seeing the world from above through all-pervasive satellite imagery, aerial photography and website based GIS platforms. Here are just some amazing sites that enable us to see the world from above vertically and obliquely.
A selection of photos from the world's premier aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
* Earth from above exhibition
In 2000, Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "Earth from Above" free exhibition was set up on numerous big posters on the gates of Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris. It then travelled worldwide from Lyon to Montreal, to 150 cities and was visited by 120 million people. "Earth From Above" is the result of the aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's five-year airborne odyssey across six continents. It's a spectacular presentation of large scale photographs of astonishing natural landscapes. Every stunning aerial photograph tells a story about our changing planet. Here is a collection of Yann Arthus-Bertrand amazing images.

Freeways in Los Angeles, USA
* 'From above' with Twitter tags
Photographer Eric Fischer turned a lot of heads last year with his Flickr set that used the site's geotags to map various cities. Recenlty he posted a new set on his Flickr stream, illustrating where in the United States, Europe, and the world people tend to use Twitter, and where they tend to use Flickr. 
* Ecology from above
A TED Talk fro Ed Asner, describing how spatial technology is used to study the ecology and geography of an area. Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: "To save our ecosystems, we need more data, gathered in new ways".
* The Earth from above with Google
Google through their Google Earth platform believe that technology can help people across the world realise the impact of their actions towards the environment and contribute to making the world a better place.

* Earth Day images
In honor of Earth Day, The Atlantic magazine website gathered a collection of scenes of the Earth from above, from vantage points we don't see in everyday life. These scenes help show the Earth as a larger system and demonstrates the extent to which human activity has affected it. 

* Britain from the air
Although not modern 'from above' technology, the 'Britain from the air' project is a great example of using aerial photography to show landscape and urban change. 

* Astronaut Chris Hadfield's amazing photos of Earth from Space



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