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Friday, July 8th, 2016

Commentary Calls for Dedicated Funding for Gulf Ocean Observing Tools in Wake of DWH Settlement

In April, a U.S. District Court approved a $20 billion civil settlement for the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Now, a new commentary in the peer-reviewed Marine Technology Society Journal is calling for some of those funds to be used to support ocean tools that will aid in the collection of real-time data in

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Dwindling Fish Populations in Eastern Pacific

Members of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) must do more to follow through on critical commitments to protect tuna and shark populations in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The IATTC, the world’s oldest regional fishery management organization (RFMO) for tuna, meets June 27 to July 1 in La Jolla, California. According to a recent Pew

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Skyline Software Systems Releases TerraExplorer for Web

Herndon, Va, July 6, 2016—Skyline Software Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of TerraExplorer for Web, a plug-in free, 3D GIS viewer that enables viewing high-resolution, stunningly realistic SkylineGlobe 3D content in a web browser. This latest addition to Skyline’s TerraExplorer product line serves as a perfect complement to Skyline’s powerful 3D GIS

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Radio Tracking Helps Hunt Burmese Pythons

When invasive Burmese pythons are breeding, radio-tracking one python can help find and capture more, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. Thus, UF/IFAS scientists say this technique can help them remove the pythons. “This is one more tool we can add to our tool box to help us combat

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Understanding Forest Fire History Can Help Keep Forests Healthy

COLUMBIA, Mo. – For nearly a century, forest fires have been viewed by scientists and the public as dangerous and environmentally damaging disasters. However, recent research has shown that forest fires are vital to maintaining healthy forests. While people in the western portions of the U.S. experience forest fires often and know of their value,

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Researchers Demonstrate Effectiveness of Single Photon LiDAR for Forest Mapping

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland and Sigma Space Corporation has shown that 3D forest structure and topography can be measured rapidly, efficiently and accurately over large areas, using an innovative laser technology called single photon lidar (SPL).

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Understanding Ice Loss in Earth’s Coldest Regions

How do ice sheets melt in places where surface conditions are too cold for melting? Glaciers in the McMurdo Dry Valley rarely are observed to be actively melting, yet runoff from these glaciers feeds streams, lakes, and associated ecosystems in the valleys, which are among the coldest and driest ecosystems on Earth. The processes generating

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Chesapeake Conservancy Featured as “Thought Leader” at Esri International User Conference

Annapolis, Md. – This week, the Chesapeake Conservancy was awarded Esri’s first-ever See, Find, Share award at the company’s International User Conference in San Diego, California. See, Find, Share is the Chesapeake Conservancy’s second international award from Esri. It spotlights years of work at the Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center to become a trailblazer in cutting-edge conservation

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

El Niño Could Drive Intense Season for Amazon Fires

Irvine, Calif., June 29, 2016 – The long-lasting effects of El Niño are projected to cause an intense fire season in the Amazon, according to the 2016 seasonal forecast from scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine. El Niño conditions in 2015 and early 2016 altered rainfall patterns around the world. In the

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Engineers to Use Cyborg Insects as Biorobotic Sensing Machines

A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is looking to capitalize on the sense of smell in locusts to create new biorobotic sensing systems that could be used in homeland security application

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