Physical Geography

BBC NEWS | Ancient clues to ocean currents

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BBC has an interesting article on the use of sedimentology to study ancient ocean currents by the Woods Hope Oceanographic Institute. It is amazing how many articles are coming out of the American Geophysical Union meetings from this fall. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ancient clues to ocean currents

Physical Geography

NASA’s Aura Satellite Mission

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Although Landsat is NASA’s most well-known satellite program, other missions are providing a wealth of information about our Earth. Aura, a satellite which was launched July 15, 2004, collects data that are used for studying the composition, chemistry and dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere, including ozone levels, air quality, and climate. At the recent American Geophysical […]

Physical Geography

BBC NEWS | Deforestation slowing, UN says

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This article from BBC News follows on today’s GAW topic Physical Geography. Just a month ago we referenced an article stating that we were losing portions of the rainforests at faster than expected rates. Today we find out it is slowing, if only there were a universal data set that everyone could use. BBC NEWS […]

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GAW Day 1: Physical Geography

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As I have mentioned before, I see Geography as a series of relationships and as we look back through the history of Geography we see three main areas that we can use as umbrellas for the broad aspects of Geography: cartography, human geography and physical geography. Physical Geography covers the relationships within the environment around […]

Physical Geography

European Space Agengy’s Forest Mapping project

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed a mapping service called Kyoto-Inventory which utilizes satelllite imagery to assist in annual reporting on afforestation, refforestation, and deforestation as part of the Kyoto Protocol, which is an initiative to reduce greenhouse gases. Kyoto-Inventory was a 3-year demonstration project, and will now continue as part of a larger […]