Category: Earth Observation

Cold snap: massive iceberg just off coast draws Canadians eager for close-up

150ft iceberg, which dwarfs nearby town of Ferryland, becomes tourist attraction as number of icebergs moving into North Atlantic shipping lanes spikes

When Rising Seas Transform Risk Into Certainty

Along parts of the East Coast, the entire system of insuring coastal property is beginning to break down.

Evaluating cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos

A new method has been devised for assessing the cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos shared on a social-networking service.

The ocean enterprise

New geospatial tools are not only helping to observe and preserve marine life, they are creating industries and revenues around the world.

Cool roofs: beating the midday sun with a slap of white paint

Reflecting the sun saves a building’s energy but it can also affect surrounding temperatures and offset carbon emissions

Saved: the endangered species back from the brink of extinction

Human activity has put wildlife around the world at risk, but many creatures are now thriving thanks to conservationists

Stalagmites store paleoclimate data

The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is the dominant atmospheric pressure mode over the North Atlantic that plays a significant role in determining the winter climate in Europe. Depending on the prevailing state of the NAO, Europe experiences mild or very cold winters and even strong storms.

Research shows global photosynthesis on the rise

Researchers found a global historic record by analyzing gases trapped in Antarctic snow to see the rapid rise in photosynthesis over the past 200 years.

Study reveals 10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North America

A study of the DNA in ancient skeletal remains adds to the evidence that indigenous groups living today in southern Alaska and the western coast of British Columbia are descendants of the first humans to make their home in northwest North America more than 10,000 years ago.

The genetic basis for timing of reproduction in the Atlantic herring revealed

Animals need to breed at the time of year when their progeny have the best chance of survival.