Brace yourselves, East Coasters....
Thinking spatially, it's important to remember that not all places will be impacted equally. Even among coasts, not all spots would receive equal sea level rises when the ocean's systems are dynamic.
Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
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Jeff Larson has seen just about everything wash up on the shores of Santa Cruz: bottles, toys, shotgun shells, busted surfboards and fishing floats that looked like they had bobbed across the Pacific.
This is just another long-term 'after-shock' of the tsunami that devasted Japan over 1 year ago.
Indonesia has the largest share of the world's mangroves — coastal forests that have adapted to saltwater environments. They play important environmental and ecological roles.
Mangroves play a key role of acting as an ecological buffer in coastal region that provide the area with resilience against tsunamis, hurricanes and other forms of coastal flooding. Their role in carbon sequestration is also vital as energy emissions globally continue to rise. So let's jump scales: how are global issues locally important? How is the local deeply global? How can stakeholders at either scale find common ground with the other?
Environmental degradation, seasonally high rainfall, a low elevation profile and climate change combine in a very bad way for Bangladesh. Flooding, given these geographic characteristics, is essentially a regular occurence. For a more in-depth look at these issues from the same media outlet, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj0iZiivYJc&feature=player_embedded#!
"Even before the earthquake Haiti's environment teetered on the brink of disaster. Brent and Craig Renaud report on the country's deforestation problems."
What about a disaster is 'natural' and what about the disaster is attributable to how people live on the land? This video highlights the poverty, architectural and environmental factors that exacerbated the problems in the Haitian Earthquake of 2010. This is a merging of both the physical geography and human geography.
Reports, publications, and data dealing with US weather and climate disasterous events.
NOAA notes that in the last 31 years there were 99 weather-related natural disasters that casued $1 billion worth of damage. So that is a roughly 3 per year (with dollars adjusted for inflation). In 2011, there were 14 natural disasters in the United States that caused over $1 billion in damage.
Is this primarily due to climate change? Are all of components of these natural disaters 'natural?' What does this information say about the human-environmental interactions that we see today?
After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010.
The 'Water Canary' is a device to quickly and affordably test if a water supply is contaminated or not. By geocoding the data, when can map out medical outbreaks of malaria and contain the spread of diseases. This seems simple, but it can be revolutionary in how humanitarian aid and emergency relief work is done.
Do you use Google Earth in the classroom? This video, still images and downloadable KML files are available at the Google Earth Blog: http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2012/01/satellite_imagery_of_the_cruise_shi.html
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Find out how hurricanes can be so destructive.
Not only will you learn about hurricanes but you can also watch videos about lighting, tornadoes, volcanoes, and overall everything about the weather. These are great videos to use in class when teaching units about natural disasters. These videos are full of great engaging facts.
Experts and aid officials discuss ongoing challenges and lessons learnt on the ground in Haiti...
Development and humanitarian aid projects must always take local geographic factors into consideration when devising any plan for the future. Political uncertainty, poor transportation infrastructure, disease and not enough locally based programs are but a few of the issues that continue to plague the communities in Haiti.
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano has spewed a burst of ash 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air after breaking through a dome of lava. Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center says Sunday’s explosion continues a series of moderate eruptions from the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of the Mexican capital.
In my regional geography course I use Mexico City as a case study to discuss urban ecology, overtaxing the hinterland for resources and the sustainability of population growth. This is but one small wrinkle in that tenuous environmental situation.
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The Thai capital, built on swampland, is slowly sinking and the floods in Bangkok could be merely a foretaste of a grim future as climate change makes its...
If 'natural' disasters are becoming more fierce and impacting human societies more, we need to ask ourselves: are the physical geographic systems shifting independently or is it human society that is causing the changes? Is it the force of the hurricanes, earthquakes, floods etc. that have intensified or is the way within which humans live on the land that make us more susceptible and vulnerable to the effects of these disasters?
Flood Map shows the map of the area which could get flooded if the water level rises to a particular elevation.
Still in work in progress, but in essence this is a GIS layer showing which areas are at risk for flooding. You can set the elevation level to monitor where the threat is greatest and where it will infrequently occur as well.
Compare before and after satellite images of tornado damage in Alabama.
This is an older image from the Tuscaloosa tornado (April 2011) but still a powerful representation of natural disasters and their impact of both the environment as well as urban systems. Using current geospatial technologies in the classroom helps to solidify the idea that geography is much more than "just capitals and landforms" in a student's mind.
Flood waters inundating Thailand north of Bangkok since July have made the journey south and reached the capital. The disaster is responsible for 400 deaths in Thailand and neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam.
Too much of a good thing (water) can literally be disastrous.
Documented by an aid worker, millions of spiders took to the trees to spin their webs after heavy floods inundated Pakistan in 2010.
Besides being an aesthetic wonder, this image is a great way to start a discussion about so many distinct issues. The floods of 2010 devastated the human population, killing over 2,000. These same floods also altered the ecosystem as spiders have needed to adapt to their new inundated landscape as well. For the human population, this has had the shocking benefit of lowering the incidents of malaria since the spiders have more effectively limited the mosquito population. Interconnections...geographic information are a spider web of interconnections between nature and humanity.
Bangkokians must do their part, now The Nation There is one painful fact at this stage of the flood disaster: The waters need to pass through Bangkok as fast as possible to ease the suffering of...
This is a fantastic geographic issue (horrible for people, but intensely spatial). Should the primate city be spared because of its overwhelming national prominence? Should the flooded regional provinces suffer more to spare the economic, financial and political center of the country? The urban hierarchy impacts many national decisions. For some elevation/flooding maps, click here.
Pakistan’s monsoon floods have devastated millions of lives, but one month on, the international response remains sluggish, raising fears of a worsening humanitarian situation.
With the strong concentration of the population living in floodplains, the seasonal monsoons will always be a major struggle for South Asia.
Water is essential to life but in such places as India, Pakistan, China, and Thailand deluges have once again caused misery. Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines earlier this week on its way to south China.
I've linked to the Boston Globe's "The Big Picture before...it consistently is one of the best sources for geographic images around the world. This particular photo essay focuses on water-related natural disasters, and seeing the damaging is a poignant moment to get students to reflect on the human and environmental interactions, how we build and where we build.
This week, a committee of six scientists (including Dr Enzo Boschi, formerly president of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology) and one government official, whose role was to advise…...
To what degree to we rely on science? This trial has the potential to set a very harmful precedent should scientist not be able to mitigate disasters...science itself appears to be on trial.
Nearly a week after Hurricane Irene drenched New England with rainfall in late August 2011, the Connecticut River was spewing muddy sediment into Long Island Sound and wrecking the region's farmland just before harvest.
The effects of the flooding in Vermont and New Hampshire graphically manifested on the downstream parts of the watershed. Good image for showing fluvial deposition and stream load.