STEP M: Space to Effectively Prepare for Migration

EarthzineOriginal, Technology

Countries can follow STEP M in parallel, which will provide advice on how to obtain, integrate and operate space data within their adaptation plan for climate change and possible migration. 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 … Read More

Putting the ‘Justice’ in GIS: Supporting Communities using EPA Citizen Science Tools

EarthzineCrowdsourcing Theme, Original

In response to community requests for citizen science tools, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a toolkit of Geographic Information System mapping tools to support communities with environmental justice concerns. The agency is currently developing the Community Focused Exposure Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) to bridge the gap between underserved communities and the best available science.

Tracking foodborne illness with Yelp

EarthzineHealth, Technology

Originally Published by Earth Sky -An estimated 48 million Americans (about 1 in 6) are stricken with food poisoning each year. So says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but it really is, as my italicizing implies, just an estimate. It’s difficult to say how many people get sick from meals annually because only a fraction of these cases are ever reported. Working with Yelp may provide some answers.

The latest developments in Google Ocean

Amanda LewanEarth Observation, Oceans, Technology

Originally Published by Google Earth – Google first released their 3D Ocean feature in Google Earth more than five years ago, and it’s something that has seen steady improvements over the years. Here are some of the more interesting recent developments.

Network for tracking earthquakes exposes glacier activity: Accidental find offers big potential for research on Alaska's glaciers

Amanda LewanEarth Observation

Originally Published by Science Daily – Alaska’s seismic network records thousands of quakes produced by glaciers, capturing valuable data that scientists could use to better understand their behavior, but instead their seismic signals are set aside as oddities. The current earthquake monitoring system could be ‘tweaked’ to target the dynamic movement of the state’s glaciers.