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Explore old maps of US cities

Explore old maps of US cities | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

"This cool new historic mapping app from the folks at esri and the U.S. Geological Survey is worth exploring.  What it does is take 100 years of USGS maps and lets you overlay them for just about any location in the nation. That allows users to see how a city – say Harrisburg – developed between 1895 and today.  The library behind the project includes more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006."


Via Seth Dixon
PIRatE Lab's insight:

For more ESRI maps that let you explore urban environmental change, the 'spyglass' feature gives these gorgeous vintage maps a modern facelift (but not available for as many places). The cities that are in this set of interactive maps are: 

 

Chicago (1868)Denver (1879) Los Angeles (1880)Washington D.C.(1851)New York City (1836)San Francisco (1859)
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 5, 2014 12:20 PM

For more ESRI maps that let you explore urban environmental change, the 'spyglass' feature gives these gorgeous vintage maps a modern facelift (but not available for as many places). The cities that are in this set of interactive maps are: 



Tags: cartography, mapping, visualization, urban, historical.

Hongsheng Li's curator insight, August 14, 2014 12:40 AM
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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California and Louisiana.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Coastal Restoration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While I am interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you will find postings here that reflect my deep, continuing interest in:

 

- coastal riparian restoration

- coastal wetland restoration

- subtidal reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Managment poilcies and proceedures 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports and harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- marine ecology

- natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality and ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historic persepctives on our coast our our relationship to our world ocean

 

 

 

If you find my posts here of interest, you might also be interested in some of my other research, teaching, and updates elsewhere via my:

 

- iTunesU Coastal Management podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-462-coastal-marine-management/id415880772?mt=10

- iTunesU Restoration Ecology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-352-theory-practice-ecological/id415881064?mt=10

- iTunesU Conservation Biology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-313-conservation-biology/id415881094?mt=10

- Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user8078769

- lab's home page: http://faculty.csuci.edu/sean.anderson/Sean_Andersons_Home_Page/Welcome.html

- RestoringNOLA twiter feed (emphasizing Coastal Management in California and Louisiana): https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA

 

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of help.

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Cement ship shifting at Seacliff Beach

Cement ship shifting at Seacliff Beach | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Battering El Nino waves have shifted the ship and caused community concern about its welfare.
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Crack, rattle and roll!

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Beijing says U.S. Warship Violated Chinese

China's foreign ministry said on Saturday a U.S. warship that sailed near an artificial island claimed by Beijing and several other nations has violated Chinese law by entering its territorial waters.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade is shipped every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims.

"The American warship has violated relevant Chinese laws by entering Chinese territorial waters without prior permission, and the Chinese side has taken relevant measures including monitoring and admonishments," China's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said earlier that no ships from China's military were in the vicinity of the USS Curtis Wilbur when it passed near Triton Island in the Paracel Islands.

PIRatE Lab's insight:

And so it goes.  This was a reaction to this:

 

http://www.marinelink.com/news/claimed-island-sails404351.aspx

 

which was of course a reaction to the Chinese synthesizing and island in the middle of the ocean and claiming it as their "land."

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Top trends conservationists should be paying attention to — but aren’t

Top trends conservationists should be paying attention to — but aren’t | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence, testosterone and ship tracking technology probably aren’t on many conservation organizations’ “top things to think about” lists…
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Ummmm...ship tracking, arctic fishing, artificial islands are all on our radar.

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Feds Scrap Grand Vision To Expand A Marine Sanctuary In Hawaii

Feds Scrap Grand Vision To Expand A Marine Sanctuary In Hawaii | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
After six years of planning, NOAA failed to secure necessary state support.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Turf battles...it so often gets down to turf battles.

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Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining

Nature Communications | doi:10.1038/ncomms10244
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Old Nuclear Fallout Proves Useful for Sea Turtle Clues

Old Nuclear Fallout Proves Useful for Sea Turtle Clues | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Researchers are relying on radiocarbon from bomb tests decades ago to learn more about endangered hawksbill turtles in the Hawaiian Islands.
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Reconstructing how changed ecosystems have become via a key member of coral reef and pelagic ecosystems.

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After the Spill: Oil & Coastal Wetland Loss

After the Spill: Oil & Coastal Wetland Loss | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Recovery in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon has been something of a slow recovery when it comes to the most impacted communities (mid- and deepwater).  More readily-viewable areas have seen mixed…
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Oregon refuge occupation: 'It's getting dark, and it is freezing'

Oregon refuge occupation: 'It's getting dark, and it is freezing' | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The activists occupying a federal wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon remain in good spirits despite the frigid weather, according to a Washington state woman who said she has been communicating with them.
“Their morale has been up for most of the day, but it’s getting dark and it is freezing,”...
PIRatE Lab's insight:

These #VanillaISIS idiots need to get a life.  I love how they barge into other communities and claim to represent "local control."

 

See: https://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/01/04/armed-group-oregon-federal-land

 

 

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Designing sustainable infrastructure to meet the water demand of future generations | Better World Solutions - The Netherlands

Designing sustainable infrastructure to meet the water demand of future generations | Better World Solutions - The Netherlands | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
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U.S. tuna fishing fleet to be shut out of vast area of Pacific Ocean in fee dispute

U.S. tuna fishing fleet to be shut out of vast area of Pacific Ocean in fee dispute | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The U.S. tuna fishing fleet, which helps feed San Diego's storied tuna industry, is fighting for business survival thousands of miles from home.
By New Year's Day, the entire fleet of 37 boats will effectively be cut out of a vast area of the Pacific Ocean — source of 60% of the nation's canned...
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Another situation in which American vessels catch less when our overall demand for seafood in the U.S. is increasing.  This translates into our seafood coming from more international sources with much more stringent rules and regulations on harvest.

 

Ultimately, sustainability loses when this happens.  

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Ocean-friendly Seabin sucks up surrounding sea trash

Ocean-friendly Seabin sucks up surrounding sea trash | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Dreamt up by two Australian surfers who had grown tired of taking to the local waters amid floating plastic and rubbish, the Seabin is a water filtering system designed for contained environments like yacht clubs, marinas and ports.

PIRatE Lab's insight:

Probably of limited application, but it could have an incremental impact in contained marinas, harbors, or very small embayments.

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As Brazil mine spill reaches ocean, its catastrophic extent becomes clear

As Brazil mine spill reaches ocean, its catastrophic extent becomes clear | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Since millions of gallons of mining waste burst from an inland iron ore mine a month ago, 300 miles of the Rio Doce stretching to the Atlantic Ocean has turned a Martian shade of bright orange, and the deadly consequences for residents and wildlife are just beginning to emerge.
At least 13 people...
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What will it take to get plastics out of the ocean?

What will it take to get plastics out of the ocean? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
From drones to filters to artificial islands, innovators are working to reduce the threat thousands of tons of trash pose to marine ecosystems.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

We need all of it!

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Vulture captured in Lebanon suspected of spying for Israel

Vulture captured in Lebanon suspected of spying for Israel | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A vulture from an Israeli nature reserve has been captured in southern Lebanon by locals who claimed it was spying. The bird was spotted in the Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, several miles from a nature reserve in Israel's Golan Heights. People who captured...
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Again with the crazy Middle Eastern fears.  I last remember this with one of our projects in Turkey: banded/tagged birds being mistaken for some type of "drone."

 

Idiots.  There is a thing called Google you know...

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Study finds toxic pollutants in fish across the world's oceans

Study finds toxic pollutants in fish across the world's oceans | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world's oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego also uncovered some good news?concentrations of these pollutants have been consistently dropping over the last 30 years.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Declining is good.  But I would also note that they folks looked at one category of pollutants.  Heavy metals like mercury, emerging contaminants (like drugs, hormones, etc.) were not the focus.

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NFI panel: Global squid supplies stable, El Nino affecting California supply

NFI panel: Global squid supplies stable, El Nino affecting California supply | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Of the four main commercial squids — jumbo squid, Japanese flying squid, Argentine short-fin squid and California market squid — catches of the last two species are down significantly as a severe El Nino disrupts normal fishing patterns.

Jumbo landings caught by China, the largest global producer which brings in nearly 29% of the global catch volume, are somewhat offsetting the declines in the other species.

However, US squid catches are down. Way down. US landings from 2012 to 2014 hovered around 120,000t annually. But in 2015, US producers caught slightly more than 50,000t.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

El Nino always tanks our squid fishery, but this has been somewhat ameliorated by Humboldt squid who have established year-round populations in California thanks to warming oceans.

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El Niño Storms Put Pacifica Cliff Apartments at Risk

El Niño Storms Put Pacifica Cliff Apartments at Risk | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Officials in the city near San Francisco have declared an emergency and condemned apartments that might fall into the sea.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This is the norm now along much of California's coasts.

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In Napa Valley, Future Landscapes Are Viewed in the Past

In Napa Valley, Future Landscapes Are Viewed in the Past | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Ecologists restoring parts of San Francisco Bay are guided by tattered maps, old snapshots, even paintings of a vanished world.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

A great example of the classic mantra of using historic maps and historic conditions to guide restoration plans.

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El Niño rains get L.A. River roaring to life

El Niño rains get L.A. River roaring to life | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles River awakened. The sheer breadth and speed of the water was disorienting, enough to make you lose your balance glancing back to solid land.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

A great story on the once great (and hopefully great again one day) Los Angeles River.

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Renewables: Prudential invests 1billion pond in Tidal Wave Power

Renewables: Prudential invests 1billion pond in Tidal Wave Power | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Tidal energy gets a boost from the insurance giant Prudential. The company of CEO, John Strangfeld invests £1 billion in Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Project.
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Mega ships bring benefits and challenges to ports of L.A. and Long Beach

Mega ships bring benefits and challenges to ports of L.A. and Long Beach | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The largest container ship ever to unload in North America arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on Dec. 22. Four days later, an even bigger one showed up: the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, a ship just about as long as the Empire State Building is tall.
The advent of the two mega ships — capable of carrying...
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Health warning lifted for Dungeness crab from areas of state

Health warning lifted for Dungeness crab from areas of state | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A health advisory on the Dungeness and rock crab has been lifted along parts of the California coast in time for the new year, allowing some residents to feast on the crustaceans without fear of poisoning, state Public Health Department officials said Thursday. California Department of Public Health officials continued to monitor crabs along those waters. Crabs south of the specified latitude are safe, but officials warned people to avoid eating the internal organs and not to use cooking water for preparing other dishes. Poisoning symptoms can arrive anywhere from 30 minutes to one day after eating the crabs, and include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness in mild cases. Officials said the most severe cases can result in trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short-term memory, coma or death.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Dungeness crabs from San Luis Obispo south are now deemed safe to eat and so our section of the state has resumed crabbing for the first time this season.

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'Biodegradable' plastics are not so great for the oceans, says UN

'Biodegradable' plastics are not so great for the oceans, says UN | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

It doesn't actually biodegrade in most ocean conditions, and it probably shouldn't be recycled with other plastics.

PIRatE Lab's insight:

This is a common issue with many of our "degradable" plastics.  They are typically degrade by direct UV exposure and not when buried, subsurface, etc.

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Leadbetter Classic: Surf & Pollution Ed

Leadbetter Classic: Surf & Pollution Ed | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Lakey Peterson Bowl: Today part our our sandy beach team trekked up to Santa Barbara’s Leadbetter Beach for the second annual Lakey Peterson Keiki Bowl/Leadbetter Classic.  This mix bet…

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