• The Role of Desalination on a Thirsty Planet

    As global aridification increases, technological advances in desalination can play a crucial role in ensuring access to potable water for billions of people. As Israel’s water program shows, using water wisely and efficiently needs to be part of the solution. Read More +
  • Heavy Weather: JT Reager and Gravity-Based Flood Prediction

    Award-winning NASA scientist J.T. Reager studies water resources using satellites that monitor the Earth’s gravitational field. Read More +
  • A New Kind of Drought: U.S. Record Low Windiness in 2015

    Widespread calming of the wind sapped U.S. wind energy power output in 2015, driven by the same weather patterns responsible for California’s severe drought. Read More +
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  • How an Instagram Feed, Next Generation Satellite Imagery and Open-Access Data Are Changing the Way We See the Planet

    Daily Overview creator Ben Grant, using images from DigitalGlobe, hopes to foster a sense of stewardship for the planet. 

    The Bento Rodrigues community and surrounding area prior to the tailings dam failure in September 2015. Image Credit: Daily Overview/DigitalGlobe

    The Bento Rodrigues community and surrounding area after the tailings dam failure in November 2015. Image Credit: Daily Overview/DigitalGlobe

    The Bento Rodrigues community and surrounding area after the tailings dam failure in November 2015. Image Credit: Daily Overview/DigitalGlobe

    The Bento Rodrigues community and surrounding area prior to the tailings dam failure in November 2015. Image Credit: Daily Overview/DigitalGlobe

    Even the most casual Instagram viewer scrolling through images is likely to stop when a Daily Overview appears on the screen. Daily Overview images beg examination, a second look to determine what exactly is happening in the photo. That second look is exactly what Daily Overview creator Ben Grant wants his audience to do. Take for example the juxtaposed before-and-after imagesRead More +
  • Learning About the Environment and Making Smarter Decisions Using Web-Based Mapping Tools

    By Joseph Kerski, Ph.D. Education Manager, Esri Instructor, University of Denver Because environmental issues take place in specific locations and often exhibit specific spatial patterns, they can be better understood through maps. Map-based analysis can help planners, analysts, and the general public better understand relationships and trends between variables, scales, and regions. Map-based analysis helps people question, visualize, assess, and interpret data to understand our complex and ever-changing world. Mapping technologies have evolved over the past half century to today’s platform that includes mobile, web, and desktop tools. Mapping technologies are tied to powerful cloud-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases and spatial statistical tools. These technologies are supported by increasingly rich map and data content contributed to by international to local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private industry, and even ordinary citizens through crowdsourcing initiatives. Despite the ever-increasing capabilities of GIS, the maps created from GIS are increasingly easy to access and use. They can be used online and on mobile devices. Maps are being used to understand the major issues of our time, illustrated by the citizen science-based Mapping impacts of Global… Read More +
  • Call for Papers: Women in STEM

    Earthzine, an IEEE online scientific publication, is soliciting articles of 800 to 3,000 words for its third 2016 quarterly theme, Women in STEM.

    A group of eighth grade girls were invited to participate in events during the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne mentors are pictured observing a trial run of race cars built by the students. Image Credit: George Joch/Argonne National Laboratory

    A group of eighth grade girls were invited to participate in events during the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne mentors are pictured observing a trial run of race cars built by the students. Image Credit: George Joch/Argonne National Laboratory

    2016 Quarterly Theme, Issue 3 July 19-Sept. 21, 2016

    Download the PDF here Earthzine, an IEEE online scientific publication, is soliciting articles of 800 to 3,000 words for its third 2016 quarterly theme. Recent years have seen an increased emphasis on promoting diversity in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Earthzine has selected Women in STEM as its third quarterly theme to acknowledge the critical roles women play in… Read More +
  • NOAA’s Fifth Ocean Acidification Cruise Sets Sail

    A five-week research cruise along the West Coast of the United States hopes to expand our understanding of ocean acidification and the health of coastal waters.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ronald H. Brown research vessel. Image Credit: NOAA

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ronald H. Brown research vessel. Image Credit: NOAA

    Loaded with scientists and gear, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Research Vessel Ronald H. Brown left the San Diego Naval Base on May 6 for a five-week West Coast Ocean Acidification cruise. The crew will travel from Baja, California, to British Columbia collecting physical and biogeochemical measurements to further an understanding of the complex processes at play in coastal waters as a result of ocean acidification. Once a little-understood process, researchers now know that excess carbon dioxide is absorbed into the ocean creating corrosive waters that affect myriad species and habitats – from the pterapods that many ocean critters eat to the coral reefs that… Read More +
  • A Connected Ocean (ACO) Conference Planned for October in France

    Aco1 ACO 2016 is planned for Oct. 11-13, 2016, in Brest, France. ACO stands for “A Connected Ocean,” and the conference will focus on new approaches, technologies and challenges in relation to ocean processes. The event is endorsed by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). AOC 2016 organizers note that the ocean plays a major role in the Earth’s climate, storing heat and carbon dioxide. Human activities put marine ecosystems under growing pressures from ocean acidification and deoxygenation resulting from greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, pollution and fishing. They add that more accurate, complete and integrated ocean observing systems are necessary to build scenarios for the future and better manage our oceans. Five sessions are planned for the conference. You can click on each link below for more information:
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