climate change

LESSONS & WORKSHEETS: Climate Migrants via ESRI Storymaps

January 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

The ESRI storymap on climate refugees does a phenomenal job sampling locations in the world that experience migration effects as a result of climate change. Though many times, there are other causes of migration shifts, it is an important cog in the gear. Attached is a guided worksheet that accompanies the ESRI Climate Migrant Storymap. Students can complete for homework or be used as guided discussion questions. Climate Migrant Worksheet Here is the site for the Esri Storymap which they also allow to copy and paste code into a personal website as seen [...]

NEWS via FCW.com: Why Maps Matter

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why maps matter By Frank Konkel Mar 17, 2014 People used to use maps so they wouldn’t get lost. But in recent years, access to the Global Positioning System and the proliferation of mobile technology have made paper-based maps almost irrelevant. Unless you’re in uncharted territory, it’s hard to get lost anymore. Basic geography is as easy as inputting an address and letting your mobile phone tell you how to get there. And as mapping technology advances, it allows for far more than foolproof directions. Federal agencies now use geospatial data, geo-analytics and multi-layered maps for myriad purposes, including gathering intelligence, predicting disease outbreaks and sharing data pools with the public. The allure of mapping lies in its intuitiveness. Even simple “dots on a map can be a powerful way to see trends in data,” said Josh Campbell, geographic information system architect for the Humanitarian Information Unit at the State Department. “Maps [...]

NEWS via PRI.com: Will climate change Kill the Winter Olympics?

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Will climate change kill the winter Olympics? Reporter Peter Thomson January 30, 2014 · 5:45 PM EST Credit: Wongm/Wikimedia commons- Snow making is underway at Mount Hotham in, Victoria, Australia, in 2007. The organizers of the games in Sochi, Russia, promise that there will be snow for the winter Olympics that start there next Friday. They’re hoping it’s mostly real snow, but they’ve also got hundreds of artificial snow makers at the ready, not to mention mountains of snow stored from last winter. But snow isn’t enough. You also need a venue that can handle an influx of tens of thousands of people, and a location where the facilities will still be useful after all those people disappear. That’s been a tough equation, even in the relatively stable climate since the first winter Olympics were held in 1924. But global warming will only make it worse. How much worse? A group of researchers led by Daniel Scott, a professor of Global Change and Tourism at [...]
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