ICC Programming

Internet mapping topics - II

3701.2 - Mapping Air Population

Monday, July 3
4:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: Delaware A

“Air population” refers to the total number of people flying above the earth at any point in time. These people form a distinct and separate population from those still physically connected to earth. Real-time air population can be estimated by using an extensive network of ground sensors based on ADS-B (Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) that precisely locate the location of aircraft in real-time. An aircraft determines its position via GPS and broadcasts its position in real-time along with its identification, aircraft type, altitude and speed. The total number of passengers can then be estimated by multiplying the number of seats for each aircraft by the current seat occupancy rate. Using this method, the estimated air population is determined by state for the airspace over the United States. In the interactive, real-time mapping system, maps are provided to show total air population, the density of air population (air population / area of state), and the ratio of air population to ground population. The maps show that while high ground population states also have a high air population, some so-called “fly-over” areas have a higher ratio of air population to ground population.

Michael P. Peterson

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Michael P. Peterson is Professor in the Department of Geography / Geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has served as Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia, the Technical University of Vienna in Austria, the University of Applied Technology in Munich, Germany, Carleton University in Canada, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Wuhan University, in China. He chaired the Maps and the Internet commission of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) from 1999-2011 and is former chair of ICA’s Publication Committee.


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Paul Hunt

PhD Student
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Paul Hunt received his BS and MA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln while working in the Department of Geography / Geology at UNO as GIS lab coordinator. Prior to his current position at UNO he has worked in both the public and private sectors as a GIS professional.


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Konrad Weiß

Graduate student
University of Applied Sciences Mainz

Konrad is a student at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany, in the area of geoinformatics and surveying. He was an intern at the University of Nebraska - Omaha from February to August 2016.


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Rex G. Cammack

Associate Professor
University of Nebraska Omaha

Dr. Cammack is currently the Co-Chair of the ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet and serves as the Geography Program Director at University of Nebraska Omaha. He as been and active member of the ICA, AAG and NACIS for 20 years. He primary research interest are in Web Mapping and Location Based Services.


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