The Challenges Of Water And Climate In Asia

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cropped image of Arjun ThapanMr. Arjun Thapan is Special Senior Advisor to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) President for Infrastructure and Water. ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. In this opinion essay, he discusses Asia’s impending water crisis, exacerbated not just by the environmental consequences of economic and population growth, but now also by climate change.

The World‰Ûªs Very First Marine Research Station In Ostend (Belgium)

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Image of Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, the Belgian zoologist who developed the world's first marine station in Ostend  In the mid-1800’s Belgian biologist Pierre Joseph Van Beneden established the first marine research station. This station attracted researchers from across Europe and inspired the establishment of other scientific facilities. In this essay, the authors provide an overview of Van Beneden‰Ûªs works and the significance of his station.

EuroSITES Open Ocean Observatory Network: Monitoring Europe‰Ûªs Open Ocean

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EuroSITES Observatory InfrastructureThe recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, hurricane and tsunami disasters and ocean ‰Û÷health‰Ûª issues including ocean acidification highlight the importance of ocean observing systems. The authors provide overview current European (EuroSITES) and international (OceanSITES) initiatives and the growing need for high quality, high resolution ocean datasets to feed models and produce products and services to society.

A Web Based Toolkit for Using Remote Sensing Data

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remotesensingtoolbox_graphic_croppedThis interactive, web-based toolkit was created by the Biophysical Remote Sensing Group at the University of Queensland to enable technicians, scientists and managers to make the most appropriate selection of data and a processing approach to monitor, model and manage marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environments with data that are derived from airborne and satellite imaging systems.

Oxygen Monitoring In Aquatic Ecosystems – EU-Project HYPOX

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Image of the Hypox logoThe EU-funded project HYPOX is building an innovative integrated observing system for continuous oxygen monitoring in aquatic systems to better understand the dynamics and drivers of oxygen depletion and the impact of hypoxic (low oxygen) on aquatic ecosystems. HYPOX includes experimental and modelling studies in order to gain predictive and decision-making capabilities from the obtained monitoring data.

The Millennium Development Goals – Environmental Sustainability at Stake in Aguinda v. Chevron

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Cropped image of oil flares in the AmazonAchieving environmental sustainability, one of the United Nation‰Ûªs eight Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, requires the cooperation of the entire world – a seemingly daunting task. Currently, a $27 billion lawsuit is under litigation between Chevron and the inhabitants of the Oriente region of the Amazonian rainforest. It is a veritable David and Goliath battle. At stake is the clean up of one of Earth‰Ûªs most delicate and important ecosystems, and this lawsuit could have priceless implications on the future of the Oriente.

Education Around Earth – Andros Island, Bahamas Coral Reef Ecosystem is Living Laboratory for Students

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Cropped image of Doctor WiedmanFor over 25 years, Dr. Larry Wiedman has led teams of high school and college students in documenting changes in the land and sea environments of Andros Island in the Bahamas. They are particularly interested in studying coral reefs but are intent on not influencing the very changes they are trying to study. Dr. Wiedman is a professor in the biology department at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. David Mullins, Earthzine‘s Associate Editor for Education, interviewed Dr. Wiedman about the project and his thoughts about educating future generations of Earth observers.