Category: Technology

Innovative components pave way for cheaper wind energy

Windmills in the ocean. Photo: Sergiy Serdyuk/iStockphoto
Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyWind turbines began cropping up across the landscapes of Spain and Germany in the 1990s’. These two countries have the highest wind energy production in the EU. But according to the Global Wind Energy Council, the global installed power capacity in Europe — which is 134,007 MW […]

Graphene light bulb set for shops

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentA light bulb made from graphene – said by its UK developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon – is to go on sale later this year.

Snffing out origins of methane: instrument identifies methane’s origins in mines, deep-sea vents, and cows

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyMethane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. The gas can originate from lakes and swamps, natural-gas pipelines, deep-sea vents, and livestock. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas […]

STEP M: Space to Effectively Prepare for Migration

Figure 6. Estimated impact of different levels of salinity ingress (Siddique et al., 2011)
Introduction Climate change will increasingly impact the Earth’s natural environment in many ways, such as more frequent natural disasters, heat waves, melting polar ice, and rising sea levels. Many of the anticipated effects of climate change also will become driving factors of human migration over short and long timescales. Climate change driven migration (CCDM) results […]

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

Imaging Earth: Utilizing Advances in Earth Observation

GRACE glacier map
Improvements in satellite and computing technology mean we can collect much more Earth observation data than ever before. Utilizing that data is a challenge we’re still working on, however.

Radar vision maps Napa Valley earthquake

Originally Published by ESA – Sentinel-1A has added yet another string to its bow. Radar images from this fledgling satellite have been used to map the rupture caused by the biggest earthquake that has shaken northern California in 25 years.

3D Mapping Data’s Future: 8 Examples

Originally Published by Information Week – Federal agencies, academia, communities, and the private sector are collaborating on advanced US mapping data as part of the 3D Elevation Program.

Oral history goes digital as Google helps map ancestral lands

Originally Published by The Globe and Mail -Traditional villages and landmarks near Ladysmith, B.C., being mapped as part of a new project

Tracking Snow: The Cryosphere in an Era of Climate Change

Matthew Sturm. Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A new generation of weather satellites is helping researchers gain insights into the complex relationship between the cryosphere – the planet’s cold regions – and the climate. With drinking water supplies dwindling around the world, understanding the cryosphere is becoming a front-burner issue.