This out of Esri as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), with the assistance of the Department of Education (ED), are working with Esri to combat nutrient pollution.
An interesting read on the merits of UAV (drone) technology in the battle against wildfires. Sadly, the media often has focused on the pitfalls of UAV hobbyists grounding aerial attacks on fires, however, there’s also the upside of the industry that has joined the battle. This from KUOW… The National Park Service used a borrowed surveillance dronethis past week over the long-burning Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park. The Boeing Company’s unmanned aircraft subsidiary Insitu provided the drone and two professional pilots at no charge for a demonstration. The nearly 50-pound, catapult-launchedScanEagle plane flew on six days — both day and night.
With the International ESRIUC behind us for another year it’s now time to digest all the amazing things we saw and heard about and get busy. If you aren’t motivated enough then perhaps this awesome presentation by Sara and Lily from Hawaii will inspire you. These incredibly smart and passionate ladies are using GIS in their efforts to tackle a local environmental concern, the invasion of the mangrove on the shores of their home, Molokai, Hawaii. I’m always completely blown away each year at ESRIUC when I hear from the K-12 students, the ESRI K-12 & EDU team, and what they are doing and this year was no different. Enjoy the presentation, and if you’ve already seen them, go ahead and watch it again, I did! (Video Source: Esri)
Such a tragedy seeing the flooding and devastation in the South this week… we hope all of our readers and colleagues are staying dry and safe! To help those of you interested in tracking and/or monitoring the current situation, Esri has developed a U.S. Flooding Public Information Map which provides continuously updated information from the National Weather Service showing:
- Observed flooding locations
- Current and forecasted precipitation
- Flood warning areas
More bad news as climate change and rainforest experts warned that without drastic and immediate cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and new forest protections, the world’s most expansive stretch of temperate rainforests from Alaska to the coast redwoods will experience irreparable losses.
Wow, as a Canadian I was surprised to find out that Canada doesn’t actually have an “official” national bird! Yes indeed… like me, i bet you likely suspected it was the Canadian goose or perhaps the loon but nope, sorry!
Via Canadian Geographic, the public is invited to vote for their selection. Pick your favorite from a host of options categorized as raptors, songbirds, seabirds, game birds and more. Personally, I’m torn between the Canada Goose and the common loon – the blue heron also holds a spot close to my heart!
An interesting update from EarthSky regarding a topic of interest to those on the Pacific coast. From the article… A radiation plume from the March, 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan took about 2.1 years to travel via ocean currents and ultimately cross the waters of the Pacific Ocean to reach the shores of North America. That’s according to to a study published at the end of 2014 (December 29) by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
This is very cool from @FlyingFishViews -F2V.me (Beta) – A virtual platform for waterway data. Take a trip downstream using this StreetView-Like platform. According to the developers, F2V is a streetview like experience for rivers made possible by integrating imagery, waterway data, and other data sources. The result is an impressive, immersive experience designed ideally for resource managers and planners as well as outdoor enthusiasts.
Some cool stuff from NASA, an opportunity for developers who really want to help with a great cause! NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change.