Barcelona, Spain: From now on, thematic maps will be more dynamic than static, according to James Masso, head of the Unit of Territorial Delimitation and Great Works, Cartographic Institute of Catalonia (ICC) at the conference, The Geo-information of the Future, held in Barcelona, within the series visions of science.
He said that the geo-portals allowed the Internet contributors to intervene in mapping database that institutions have produced. From this voluntarism useful products for the people emerge, such as maps of thermal towns in Spain or the price of gasoline in the US, the latter with different colours to distinguish areas where gasoline is more expensive or cheaper, and which is updated every 24 hours. This is geo-information.
Further, he added that the new geo-portals are useful to alert the population on how to act before a natural disaster like a tsunami or a hurricane, because the information is updated immediately, rather than every 24 hours. Therefore, geo-information can improve the overall quality of life of people.
Masso opined that Internet has opened possibilities offered by a variety of technological achievements and the network. First was the democratisation of Google Maps in February 2005 then, in June 2005 came Google Earth. This revolution was possible because NASA previously launched the project 90 SRTM (The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission). It consisted in the launch of several satellites to surround the Earth. Thanks to these it has been possible to obtain three-dimensional images of the planet with very high precision.
Source: Global Talent