Being a student of remote sensing, this story from today's London Free Press could almost quicken my heart.
The Forest City is considering using satellite images to measure the amount of tree coverage. The city's planning committee approved a staff recommendation yesterday to join a provincial program, Quick Bird, to get a more accurate measure of London's forest canopy.Joe Belanger, the Free Press reporter, is too busy a man to investigate any complicated concepts or terms in City Hall press releases that he repeats — Quickbird, one word, is a high spatial resolution (sub-meter in the panchromatic band!) multispectral satellite operated by Digital Globe, not a provincial program. Perhaps he means the OMNR's Forest Inventory Program that uses Quickbird imagery to analyze forest cover?
Images from Spaceflight Now and Lantmäteriat, respectively.
I could get excited about this — after all, there might be a cushy big-vacation-time gold-plated-retirement-package civil service job in this for me, serving your community, of course — but that niggly conscience-y part of me wonders what the wherefore and the why of purchasing expensive satellite imagery and hopefully even more expensive remote sensing analysts could possibly be.
The moves come on the heels of a Free Press report in April that showed London's estimated forest coverage of 10 per cent lags behind other Ontario cities.A government program to assuage wounded civic pride — that's just truly wonderful. And obviously necessary — Londoners can't be trusted to make judgments based on their own senses without an official statistical report contrived through esoteric specialist analysis. If only there was some way Gord Hume could contrive to entangle the pressing need for civic enthusiasm for the Creative Cities proposal with this manufactured horror of a treeless London wasteland… Wait! There he is, wading unnecessarily into an inadequate and inappropriate association of unrelated objects to the mutual satisfaction of at least himself and the desultory City Hall quote-seeking of Joe Belanger:
Controller Gord Hume, chair of the city's creative cities task force, said preserving and enhancing the city's tree cover is a major recommendation.I could suggest that a creative city may also be a free city in which people make their own judgments and decisions about what to do in their own community with their own money, but that's not the kind of social-science-parsed-through-politicians-and-community-newspapers thinking that we need these days!
Speaking of London gratifying the tireless urges of provincial programs, Londoners can soon expect to wade through their own filth to enjoy vicarious enjoyment of Gord Hume's civic pride. Also from the Free Press:
City residents soon may be counting the number of garbage bags they put at the curb. A four-bag limit could be in place by next January to encourage more recycling, a plan approved in principle last night by council's environment and transportation committee.Nothing could give me more solitary pleasure than separating my rinds from my cigarette butts with my bare-naked hands, as long as city hall and Dalton McGuinty make an explicit video of their orgiastic regulatory passions.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Wednesday, June 22, 2005