Mar 12 2012

A Few Good Reads (3/12/12): Japan One Year Later

This week: The one year anniversary of the tsunami disaster in Japan, geospatial data, information or knowledge, and struggle for restoration on the San Joaquin River.

Japan Post Disaster by

Japan Post Disaster (Architectural Record)

One problem is where to rebuild. Because of the tsunami, and a threat of future tidal waves, the in situ reconstruction typical after an earthquake is risky at best and impossible where the water level has risen for good. But flat land is limited and leveling mountains is expensive, even for the government, which has allocated 18 trillion yen (about $232 billion at the time of publication) for reconstruction, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, a leading economics newspaper.

Japan’s battered coast, then and now (Washington Post)

The tsunami waves that struck Japan’s east coast on March 11, 2011, killed nearly 19,000 and displaced more than 340,000. Authorities say a full recovery will take at least a decade.

New Satellite Imagery of Japan’s Disaster Areas (Google Lat Long Blog)

The new imagery shows that the road to full recovery is still long. There are, however, signs of progress — from large trucks on the streets to newly repaired bridges and bustling ports.

Geospatial Data, Geospatial Information or Geospatial Knowledge – Which Are You? (Vector One)

My concern is that we are collecting and generating lots of data for the sake of generation alone. While there is lots of work capturing only what is needed, Big Data implies that we have knowledge about the planet and are collecting the right information for the right thing – and we do not.

San Joaquin restoration: $70 million goes down river (Fresno Bee)

The restoration ranks among the largest in the country with a cost estimate ranging from $250 million to more than $1 billion over the next dozen years. The river has not flowed naturally since Friant Dam was finished in the late 1940s and salmon runs died off.

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