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Accuracy in Inventories and Nightlights Part II

October 16, 2010
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Accuracy in Inventories and Nightlights Part II

In part 1 we discussed UHI in a general way and introduced NASA’s use of nightlights to identify Rural, periurban and Urban stations. Very simply, the latitude and longitude data in the station inventory is used to look up at radiance value in the nightlights file. If that value is  10 or less, the site

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Nightlights: First Principles

October 15, 2010
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Nightlights: First Principles

With the publication of Hansen2010 forthcoming it is critical to examine the subject afresh. The global temperature index product from NASA is known as GISSTEMP .GISSTEMP, like the temperature index from Hadley/CRU and NCDC attempts to estimate the average temperature of the globe using historical data archived in the GHCN ( Global Climate Historical Network)

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Nightlights: cool data, bad geocoding

October 14, 2010
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Nightlights: cool data, bad geocoding

A global source of population density has been on my low-priority wish list for some time, so I was very excited when I found Steve Mosher’s work with the Nighlights data set. “Nightlights” refers to the artificial lights seen from space at night. Astronomers call it “light pollution” which is pretty accurate since it’s decidedly

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Nightlights, Contours, and Rgooglemap

October 14, 2010
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Nightlights, Contours, and Rgooglemap

I am continuing the investigation of nightlights using some additional packages from Cran. Here we add Rgooglemaps to the mix. Rgooglemaps is a neat tool that gives you a simple ( needs better docs) interface to the static map server. Perhaps, I’ll modify the code to my likeing, so For now I use it as

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Nightlights in China

October 10, 2010
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Nightlights in China

Update: Some are not aware that GISS has switched to using Nightlights in the ROW. According to their updates they have moved to nightlights for the ROW. The station inventories can be found here The station I examine below is listed  like this in the new giss inventory 20551495001 TURPAN 42.92 91.00 24 384R -9MVDEno-9x-9HOT

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Mapping BioStar users onto the world map

October 9, 2010
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Mapping BioStar users onto the world map

Neil is my new bioinformatics hero! (Sorry Pierre :)BioStar is a Q&A website for bioinformatics, just like the Blue Obelisk eXchange. Neil and Pierre have an ongoing struggle to gain the most karma, requiring Pierre to put in a formal complaint aga...

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BioStar users (of the world, unite)

October 9, 2010
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BioStar users (of the world, unite)

Egon writes: Can someone please plot the BioStar users on a Google Map? Sounds like a challenge. Let’s go. 1. Harvesting user IP addresses BioStar user profiles (here’s mine) include a location field. It’s free text and optional, which means that location is missing or inaccurate for many users. However, if you’re logged into BioStar

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V3 Station mash up

October 3, 2010
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V3 Station mash up

Hmm, lets see how a fusion table works with map maker. The process works like this. We read in the GHCN inventory file into R. ( see code below ) We then clean it up ( the names fields and missing values) and we output it to a  *csv  file. Then open the csv in

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Plotting Time Series data using ggplot2

September 30, 2010
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Plotting Time Series data using ggplot2

There are various ways to plot data that is represented by a time series in R. The ggplot2 package has scales that can handle dates reasonably easily. Fast Tube by Casper As an example consider a data set on the number of views of the you tube channel ramstatvid. A short snippet of the data is shown

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Cooling stations. A UHI Hint

September 29, 2010
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Cooling stations. A UHI Hint

Update: google earth files in the box: Personally I like to look at things backwards. Why are cool sites cool? So download the kml or kmz file and you can tour 62 sites: All with 90 years of data or more. All with a cooling trend. And all “supposedly” urban. what do you see at

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