A collection of recommended links:
Wilder Lidar Blog
Airborne 1 LiDAR Blog
Open Energy Info – OpenEI
This site is a “…global knowledge-sharing community working together to connecting people with the latest information and data on energy resources”. The site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NERL in support of the Open Government Initiative to make energy data transparent, participatory, and collaborative.
OpenEI is set up as a “wiki” style to encourage the public to contribute data and information. It is a crowd sourced approach that has a lot of funding to support it. They currently have almost 800 energy datasets on the site. Most appear to be national scale government developed databases. The underlying map technology is from Google.
NERL has its own atlas type website where the emphasis is on renewable energy projects. It appears that the data has been mined from a number of federal database sources that in some cases may not be all that current.
This site was developed by a recent graduate of a college in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. It is an example of a very targeted, detailed use of maps to visualize the potential impacts of potential horizontal drilling efforts in the Genesse River watershed. The maps are not interactive on this site.
Gulf Response, powered by Environmental Response Management Application® (ERMA), is a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) tool designed to assist both emergency responders and environmental resource managers who deal with incidents that may adversely impact the environment. This application is currently assisting with response operations for the Deepwater Horizon spill and data regarding this incident is displayed here and updated daily. ERMA is also assisting in resource management decisions in support of Natural Resource Damage Assessment.