Esri Provides U.S. Flooding Public Information Map for Central U.S.

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

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Canada’s Launches a Search for the National Bird Project

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!

Canada's Launches a Search for the National Bird Project

Canada’s Launches a Search for the National Bird Project

See more and vote HERE on the Canada National Bird Project

Plume from Fukushima, Japan took 2.1 years to travel across the Pacific Ocean

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,

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F2V – A virtual platform for waterway data

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.

Spring Lake Mapping Project Enabling Exploration, Research and Conservation

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NASA Challenges Developers With The Climate Resilience Data Challenge

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. 

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The Esrigram Shark Week Shark GIS MapJournal

Trust Esri to not miss an opportunity to churn out another cool Map Journal or story map (ya, I’m still a little confused in what the diff is between a journal or story map etc…). This latest Journal shares some really cool images, maps, stories, and facts about sharks, all in the very pleasant to use Map Journal layout.  The features reveals interesting shark facts and shares stories of how gentle this giant can be as well as facts describing the threats (like overfishing) . Some fine maps showing protected areas are shared. Nice stuff – see the Shark MapJournal HERE

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Report confirms that climate change is affecting every region of the US

The Obama Administration recently released the Third National Climate Assessment for the United States. No huge surprise here as the report confirms that climate change is affecting every region of the United States and key sectors of the U.S. economy.

Obama Administration releases Third National Climate Assessment for the United States

Obama Administration releases Third National Climate Assessment for the United States

From the report… Certain types of extreme weather events with links to climate change have become more frequent and/or intense, including prolonged periods of heat, heavy downpours, and in some regions, floods and droughts.  In addition, warming is causing sea level to rise and glaciers and Arctic sea ice to melt, and oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide. These and other aspects of climate change are disrupting people’s lives and damaging some sectors of our economy.

The report, a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, is the most comprehensive and authoritative scientific report ever generated about climate changes that are happening now in the U.S. and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century.

Take Care of the Oceans – the Economy Will Appreciate It!

Some new research out of NOAA show that the sea is providing a much needed boost to the economy… perhaps such news will provide some added incentive for people to take care of the oceans and show them the respect they deserve!

NOAA reports show strong economic gains from fishing, continued improvement in fish stocks

NOAA reports show strong economic gains from fishing, continued improvement in fish stocks

This from NOAA… U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of seven percent over the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing three percent from 2011 to 2012, according to a new NOAA Fisheries economics report.

Further, two more fish stocks were rebuilt to target levels in 2013, bringing the number of rebuilt U.S. marine fish stocks to 34 since 2000, according to another NOAA Fisheries report also released today.

Taken together, the two reports, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012 and the Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013, show positive trends in the steady rebuilding of the country’s federally managed fisheries off our coasts, and the important role fisheries contribute to the United States economy.

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