Category: 2016 Monthly Focus Topics

The Writer and the Scientist: Finding Inspiration

Earthzine’s Senior Science Writer Elise Mulder Osenga finds hope through her work in interviews with scientists.

Just Waiting to be Discovered – Finding Hope in Earthbound Mysteries

We’ve investigated less than 5 percent of the world’s oceans. This op-ed looks at media framing and engaging the public in ocean exploration.

Sea Turtles Look Ahead to 2017

Sea turtles are swimming pretty in Belize, demonstrating the importance of marine protected areas.

Dispatches from Oceans ‘16: The Future of Oceans

New technologies, tackling big data and fully exploring the mysteries in the ocean seems to be a real possibility.

Dispatches from Oceans ‘16: Tech Startup Pushing Boundaries and Supporting Citizen Science

The OpenROV project, a tech startup that began in a garage in Cupertino in 2012, focuses on citizen science as a path to enhancing ocean observations.

Dispatches from Oceans ’16: Understanding Oceans in the Face of Climate Change

Increasing understanding of the oceans as the climate changes will require attention to robotics, prediction, security and innovation. Monterey, California – At the plenary session on Sept. 21, 2016, speakers Marcia McNutt and Jon White called on the assembled scientists and engineers to step up public understanding of oceans and involvement in policy agenda setting. […]

Dispatches from Oceans ’16: Exploring Other Oceans

How the field of AUV research is growing rapidly and breaking through barriers posed by ocean research. Monterey, California – How autonomous underwater vehicles are fundamentally changing the way humans are exploring the ocean was the focus of the first plenary session at Oceans ’16. “For most of us our view of the ocean has […]

Following the C: A Quick Introduction to Tracking Ocean Carbon

With the rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon’s role in ocean chemistry and biology is being augmented. New tracking and modeling techniques help to reveal how a changing atmosphere may impact the oceans. Carbon plays a leading role in ocean chemistry and biology, a role currently augmented by rising atmospheric concentrations of […]

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 […]

Recharging California’s Diminishing Aquifers

With increasing attention on methods of recharging depleted aquifers, groundwater moves to the frontlines of drought mitigation in California For the better part of a decade California has experienced a drought that has significantly depleted water reserves throughout the state. Surface water has long been the focus of California’s water supply planning, but a new […]