I just figured it was about time to share a project that I've been working on called Survey Earth in a Day, which will involve members of my ning-powered site Land Surveyors United. Survey Earth in a Day event will occur at Noon on June 20th (summer solstice) in every geographic area of the earth. On June 20th, our members will not only be setting a world record and accomplishing something never-before-tried, they will also be creating a global awareness of the importance of land surveyors. Here is a more detailed background of the event.
Planet earth has never been measured with great precision- in its entirety- from thousands of points, simultaneously, during the course of a single day. On Survey Earth Day, the geospatial professionals of the world will have a chance to change that.
On the day of the summer solstice June 20 2012, geospatial professionals around the world and members of Land Surveyors United (a global support network for land surveyors) will be simultaneously recording survey grade GPS data from thousands of points around the globe, in order to gain a more accurate understanding of the earth's surface. The first annual Survey Earth in a Day event will be an ongoing annual social surveying education experiment, with a mission not only to learn more about the earth's surface but also monitor its changes over time, as a global community.Our results will change the knowledge we currently have of the shape of the earth and thus provide new information about our planet's surface for the benefit of all man-kind. Help the surveying industry and the surveyors in your region of the world by representing your area as we re-measure the entire globe in one single day!
If you are a geospatial professional with access to survey grade GPS equipment, you should consider helping us set a world's record, right from where you live and work! Only a surveyor can provide the kind of precision that will be needed to truly understand the shape of planet earth. Just imagine how much this can help our industry.
Survey Earth in a Day is hosted by Land Surveyors United network. http://surveyearth.com/
Follow Survey Earth in a Day on Twitter @surveyearth
Connect with other participants on Land Surveyors United http://landsurveyorsunited.com/
Using the Mobile Ning to Fullest Potential
The data collected by participants on Survey Earth in a Day will be submitted though a form embedded on Land Surveyors United mobileinterface (couldn't have come at a better time!). This data will be used in many ways such as correction of google earth's errors, education and most of all giving man-kind a more accurate understanding of the true surface of the earth. It will be an ongoing project and data recorded in Survey Earth days which follow will help monitor changes in the earth's surface over time.
Do YOU Know a Land Surveyor?
If you know a land surveyor or have one in your family, please tell them about Survey Earth in a Day and ask them to register on Land Surveyors United and participate in this world changing event.
Here is the Media Kit Presentation for a better understanding of the event. I invite all of you who might be into journalism or work for a publication to use this media kit to put the word out on your own site. Look for it in the New York Times (Science) and Wall Street Journal in the upcoming weeks!
nice post i will let friends know abt your network and what your trying to achieve
thanks buddy...i appreciate it!
Fantastic! I wish you much success with your project J.
Very nice, good luck with your project!
Ning should really get behind this and make an announcement of their own, as this is global exposure for their platform...
I just found the time to check this out, and also your network. So well organized. So professional. So impressive.
What sort of scientific results do you expect are possible?
Are there any specific theories you expect to possibly shed light on?
How does taking a snapshot like this offer different data than results aggregated over time?
Why choose the Summer Solstice as your reference point?
What percentage of participation out of known surveyors are you getting?
What have you discovered about the logistic challenges of organizing a global scale event like this?
What thought have you put into contingiency planning to ensure it is a success in the event there are things going wrong with systems such as server overloads, etc?
Anyways, not too long ago I watched a program about supervolcanoes. They're generally outside the scope of our recent collective consciousness, but new science is suggesting there is still activity happening under the surface- so to speak. The most important data discovered was simply unmeasurable by previous conventions. Satelite measurements, etc, are now revealing how surface pressures that you might expect to blow at singular locations may actually be spread out over hundreds of miles. You can see how, for instance, an entire region may be rising in relation to sea level whether inches or feet. It's not something perceptable to the eye, especially from an individual point of view.
Also, it looks like there's evidence of these pressures moving over time. So places where there were previous super eruptions that would appear dormant, may be proximal to areas where there is light volcanic activity, and those veigns of pressure might deserve to be taken more seriously.
Another interesting takeaway was a problem of scale, that these underground channels were so much more massive than anything previously dealt with, that conventional technologies were simply not suited to capturing useful imagery...like x-ray or sonic topography(?). Whatv they figured out to do though was calculate the density of solid vs. heated rock & how the rate of sound/ vibration varied as passed through it. Then using information about known seizemic activity and triangulation/ cross-referencing from different points were actually able to use computer simulations to draw out these massive deep structures.
So yeah...pretty cool!!! I have a bit of a theory myself. They say the earth's width away from the polls is measurably wider- kind of like you'd expect from swinging around a weighted rubberband. I bet the earth actually compresses a couple inches on the gravity facing side with the sun- like a tire compresses slightly when/ where it contacts the ground.
Sure will be interested in hearing the results! JFarrow, you are the man!