Geospatial Podcasts 2021

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With in-person events canceled, Zoom fatigue making online events less appealing, and social media full of bad vibes, podcasts have become one of the best ways to stay abreast of geo industry trends. 

Whether it’s to get up to speed on the latest geospatial technology, discuss industry developments, or just a way to “hang out” with a friendly voice chatting geo, podcasts have become an essential part of the geo scene.  

Unfortunately, time has taken its toll on the list of geospatial podcasts published here on Geoawesomeness back in 2019 (link). Many have stopped publishing on any sort of consistent basis, so we thought it would be a good idea to refresh the list for 2021.

Here are the top 5 geospatial podcasts of 2021:

Geomob

https://thegeomob.com/podcast/

I’m obviously a bit biased because I co-host the Geomob podcast together with Steven Feldman. On a weekly basis we discuss themes from the geo industry, interview Geomob speakers, and provide regular updates about our own projects. Don’t miss episode 16 where I chat with Geoawesomeness’ very own Muthukumar Kumar.

MapScaping

Daniel O’Donohue interviews technologists from all across the geospatial world. MapScaping helps the listener learn more about GIS, geospatial, remote sensing and earth observation.

https://mapscaping.com/blogs/the-mapscaping-podcast

 

 

Scene from Above

https://scenefromabove.podbean.com

Now in its third year, Scene from Above is the podcast for all things remote sensing and Earth Observation. A broad mix of industry news, commentary, and interviews. 

 

VerySpatial

https://veryspatial.com/

The longest-running geospatial podcast Hosted by Jesse Rouse, Sue Bergeron, and Frank Lafone, VerySpatial features regular discussions on geography and geospatial technologies.

 

Cagey James & GeoBabbler

https://cng.fireside.fm/

A low-key monthly chat between James Fee and Bill Dollins about geospatial technologies old and new. 

 

Bonus podcast: Extremities Podcast

https://anchor.fm/extremities

It’s not geospatial tech, and unfortunately doesn’t seem to be updating anymore (no doubt due to travel restrictions), but the first 3 seasons of Extremities are a delight for anyone who got into geo because they liked looking at maps of remote places. The series goes deep on “Why and how people live in earth’s most isolated and extreme settlements” visiting Pitcairn, Svalbard, and St. Helena. A lockdown treat. 

Make 2021 the year you add some geospatial to your regular listening. 

Ed Freyfogle is co-founder of geocoding API OpenCage, and long-time organizer of Geomob, a regular geo innovation meetup. He co-hosts the Geomob podcast.

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