Today’s technology allows for nearly instantaneous sharing of information. Researchers and scientists, and the world at large, could benefit greatly from a new adaptation of instant, easier and translatable dating sharing. Earthcube aims to shine a light on so-called dark data.
The new U.S. National Strategy for Civil Earth Observations for 2013 focuses on the evaluation and prioritization of data gathering. The volume of data collected each day on the ocean, space, air, and soil is enormous, and the Strategy seeks to improve efficiency through organization and prioritization.
Accurately measuring evaporation is viewed as a challenging problem. But it’s the key to fully understanding the hydrologic cycle. A study by researchers at Columbia Engineering and Boston University analyzes air temperature and humidity measurements acquired from weather stations.
To promote data democracy and sharing to improve access, AfriGEOSS will encourage collaboration between academic institutions, emphasize the development of open-source software and open systems, and strengthen the understanding of individuals and institutions of technology limitations, proper dissemination methods and relevant software tools.
Copernicus aims to produce data to be used by national and local authorities in the European Union for monitoring, modeling, forecasting and reporting. The European Space Agency is developing five new missions called Sentinels specifically for the operational needs of the Copernicus program.
Scientific posters on Ecosystems, one of the Societal Benefit Areas from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, are featured here. The posters were created by high school-aged students at St. George’s School in Bogotá, Colombia, as part of a literature review project to identify an ecosystem somewhere in the world with a current problem that could be addressed through Earth observation tools and technology.
The New Generation of Digital Globes – Displaying the Global Activities of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre
In the era of 3D visualization, physical globes remain an important educational and scientific communication tool. The digital globe is the next generation – still providing the simple wonder of a spherical display, but combining it with the sophistication and power of today’s digital imagery.
Many religious leaders and spiritual writers have looked back to their traditions to contribute to the contemporary ecological dialogue. Faith communities around the world are appropriating sustainable practices and promoting environmental awareness. How can we gauge their impact?
The Statistics for Action (SfA) project provides new opportunities for engaging the community with science. The project is coordinated by TERC, a not-for-profit educational research organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in math and science learning. SfA has designed practices, materials, and resources to make data and science more accessible and relevant to communities concerned about their local environment. Two stories, detailed here, illustrate the approach.
A combined GSDI 14 and AfricaGIS 2013 conference is planned for November in Ethiopia, and a deadline for abstracts is fast approaching. The conference theme is “Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction.”
A grand prize winner and honorable mentions have been selected in the latest Virtual Poster Session (VPS) by students from NASA’s DEVELOP National Program. The winning project, “Sound the Alarm: Oregon Wildfires Take a Toll on Public Health” was a collaborative effort between six students at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
“Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places” by Bill Streever is a wide-ranging exploration of heat and its effects on a broad span of human and natural phenomena. It follows his national bestseller “Cold,” which covered the opposite end of the thermal spectrum. I have not read “Cold,” but by all accounts both books follow a similar trajectory.
Originally Published by BBC News – A “stocktake” of UK nature suggests 60% of animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years – and one in 10 could end up disappearing.
May 22nd, 2013
Originally Published by The Ecologist - Lobster fishing remains big business off the coast of Maine but even with new regulations and new gadgets can it ever be sustainable? Michael Sanders investigates the real costs of the crustacean on your plate.
Originally Published by Mother Jones – Rosy memories of mom in the kitchen might not be as common as Pollan assumes.
May 21st, 2013
May 20th, 2013
Originally Published by The NY Times – Parts of the vast High Plains Aquifer are so low that crops can’t be watered and bridges span arid stream beds.
May 20th, 2013
May 19th, 2013
Originally Published by ScienceDailly – Increasingly erratic rainfall patterns can lead to declines in southeastern frog and salamander populations, but protecting ponds can improve their plight.
May 18th, 2013
Originally Published by Island Business – One of my most cherishable memories at the University of the South Pacific is that of a visit to the journalism students’ newsroom by a small group of quaintly dressed people, some of them wearing heavy furs and thick skintight leather jackets, rugged blankets and heavy boots.
May 18th, 2013
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Originally Published by The Guardian – Claims that Julia Gillard’s unpopularity were linked to her introduction of carbon pricing in 2012 don’t stack up.
Originally Published by The Washington Post - The frozen landscape, dry valleys and active volcanoes that make up Antarctica provide a living laboratory for scientific study and a wondrous journey for those traveling to the ends of the Earth.
May 16th, 2013
Originally Published by New Scientist – We may be living through the sixth great extinction. Rather than trying to preserve individual species, should we be focusing more of our efforts on saving entire ecosystems?