Hello from a Geography Student
Posted 02 January 2011 - 01:57 PM
My main interests are Conservation GIS and Renewable Energy. I joined cartotalk because after being introduced to adobe illustrator and map publisher I have a new appreciation of cartography (There is so MUCH to learn!). All the forum topics are very exciting and I can't wait to contribute.
Posted 02 January 2011 - 03:08 PM
The answer is yes there is a future for it, & maybe because it seems that mankind is still in the industry to pollute & going green seems to be a slow growth industry at this time. Not to bash MAPublisher because I personally see a great benefit to this technology but it seems to me that the engineering part of GIS has a lot of ignorance towards MAPublisher & Adobe as GIS tools.
If I were you keep other options open, get another degree such as a Bachelor of Education just in case it doesn't work out. But alas with your concentration you may not have to worry about that like the individual washing dishes with a GIS education living in Pennsylvania.
"There is much beauty that we fail to see through our own eyes teeming with life forms that give us that perception of our reality. Leaves on the trees blowing gently in the wind, or scarily, the waves pounding through high surf, or lightly on a warm summer’s day; that opportunity to sit or swim in the water on a white beach. That comfort to shout, “The universal conscious do you hear me? I am alive, guide me dear logos towards the path of rightnesses.” Earned what has been kept, no longer to be absorbed into a life filled with cold damn winds and that stubborn fog clouding my vision with nothing but darkness."
Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:33 AM
Renewable energy is tied into natural resource conservation because of our current reliance on fossil fuels not being sustainable. Renewable energy will succeed as long as we develop our infrastructure like the smart grid. I agree that adobe illustrator and MAPubliser are not important in maintaining the grid but they can be utilized though in other ways like educating the public and trying to turn people's attention to this issue. If you study a temporal world map of new wind farm developments for the last ten years it will reveal that China will have the largest installed capacity very soon. China has recognized that renewable energy is the future and they now out pace every country in the development of wind farms.
This is only one type of renewable energy and I think it is important that the public have a better appreciation of renewable energy projects. I have been making renewable energy maps for my classes and have decided to keep making them outside of class and will post them on cartotalk for suggestions in how I can improve them.
Thanks again for replying
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