Each week GeoDataPoint finds a selection of good reads related to hot topics in the geospatial community. This week, spend some time reading recently published research describing how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. Also of interest is a story on how the Army is using GIS technology for renewable energy planning; and an interesting piece on how Huntsville, Ala., may handle emegencies with geospatial technology.

  1. Drones unearth more details about Chaco culture: "Archaeologists can get quality images from very specific altitudes and angles at any time of day and in a range of weather using inexpensive drones and commercially available cameras that have as much as five times the resolution of those available just a few years ago."
  2. Army uses GIS technology for renewable energy planning: "The U.S. Army Environmental Command provides geospatial services for a variety of operations and organizations throughout the Army. Among those are the geospatial analyses and customized mapping support that USAEC contributes to the Energy Initiatives Task Force’s effort to meet its goal of 25 percent of all energy consumed on Army installations to be from renewable energy sources by 2025."
  3. How Geospatial Technology Could Change the Way Huntsville Handles Emergencies: The mayor of Huntsville, Ala., began looking the technology after a devastating storm in 2011.