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Demographers Discover The Fundamental Law Governing the Growth of Cities Discovered

Demographers Discover The Fundamental Law Governing the Growth of Cities Discovered | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
The discovery of a law governing the growth of cities means that future urban populations can now be forecast in advance

Via Sakis Koukouvis
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Based on Hernando, A., Hernando, R. and Plastono, A. (2013) Space-time correlation in urban sprawl. Available at: arXiv:1306.3656  

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"... a city’s growth also depends on the growth of cities nearby. So cities somehow influence each other. Hernando and co say this effect is most pronounced over distances up to 80 kilometres and then drops of as 1/r^2." 

faridf's comment, August 22, 2013 1:47 AM
i learned a lot. thanks
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New lot of maps for georeferencing - British Library

New lot of maps for georeferencing - British Library | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

Help the British Library identify the locations of historic maps by participating in the largest release yet of BL Georeferencer. Over 3,100 maps, previously hidden within the pages of 17th, 18th, and 19th century books, are now available to georeference and overlay on modern mapping at http://www.bl.uk/maps/.

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Since this announcement was placed, more than 30 percent of the maps were placed.  - See more at: 

http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/magnificentmaps/2014/07/maps-in-nineteenth-century-books.html ;

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EDINA Geoforum 2014 Summary

EDINA Geoforum 2014 Summary | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
EDINA's Geoforum 2014 was a great success with an audience of around 80 delegates and EDINA staff all enjoying an informative and entertaining programme. Keynote - Peter Gibbs, BBC and Met Office Broadcast Meteorologist: Flood Forecasting Data Usage - Darius Bazazi: Using EDINA Datasets in a Hydrology Project Support - Carol Blackwood: Geoservices Support, what's …
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Londonmapper

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A Social Atlas of London. This website aims to provide comprehensive insights into the state of poverty and inequality in the capital. It is a work in progress and we are just at the start of what will be a growing repository of a wide range of maps, visualisations and analyses on London.
Use the topics on the right or the main categories in the top navigation bar to explore this website, or check the news section to see the latest updates.

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You'll not only find cartograms and reference maps on  Poverty and Wealth, Population, Identity, Housing, Education, Work, Health, Environment and Travel and Social Harm comparing London boroughs but their accompanying data sets for download. All maps are covered by a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0) and free of charge for non-commercial purposes. 

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Drones offer 360° vision for oil-hunting geologists

Drones offer 360° vision for oil-hunting geologists | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
Drones offer 360° vision for oil-hunting geologists The Conversation John Howell, Aberdeen's chair of geology and petroleum geology, explained that while two boreholes drilled a mile apart can provide rock samples to examine, the nature of the rock...

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YEC Geo's curator insight, January 15, 5:30 AM

The article concludes:

 

"So will SAFARI become a complete Google Earth for geologists? “Perhaps – but not the whole Earth,” Howell said, “to geologists, most of it isn’t that interesting.”

 

I beg to differ!  Probably speaks to the difference between economic and academic geologists.

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London in 1927 & 2013

"During the 1920s, cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene travelled across the UK with his new colour film camera. His trip ended in London, with some of his most stunning images, and these were recently revived and restored by the BFI, and shared across social media and video websites.

Since February Simon Smith has attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses. This has been a personal study, that has revealed how little London has changed."

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New Indoor Navigation Technologies Work Where GPS Can’t

New Indoor Navigation Technologies Work Where GPS Can’t | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
GPS doesn’t work indoors, but other radiolocation methods are coming to a smartphone near you
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This article briefly summarises GPS history and introduce new indoor locating technology Skyhook based on Wi-Fi signals. The last paragraph links to another IEEE Spektrum article describing how this technology can be applied to emergency management. 

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Deep-Sea Internet Could Send Tsunami Warnings to Smartphones - IEEE Spectrum

Deep-Sea Internet Could Send Tsunami Warnings to Smartphones - IEEE Spectrum | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

An undersea Internet could transmit tsunami warnings and other underwater info to mobile devices. Electrical Engineering Graduate Students Hovannes Kulhandjian and Zahed Hossain conduct a wireless network field test aboard University of Buffalo professor Tommaso Melodia’s floating WINES Research Lab. Ocean sensors designed to detect tsunamis, spot drug-running submarines and monitor pollution could soon transmit their warnings to mobile devices through a deep-sea version of the Internet. The U.S. National Science Foundation is backing an effort to make a shared standard for wireless underwater communication that can link far-flung networks of existing ocean sensors.

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How AI, Twitter and digital volunteers are transforming humanitarian disaster response

How AI, Twitter and digital volunteers are transforming humanitarian disaster response | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

Wired.co.uk investigates how those involved in humanitarian disaster response have had to adjust to deal with big crisis data in emergencies following the Haiti earthquake in 2010. 

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This article explores social media and new tools employed during the recent earthquake in Pakistan and the Libya crises. The article links out to other websites and highlights TED talks relating to Humanitarian Response Systems. 

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How Did the Pakistan Earthquake Create a Mud Island?

How Did the Pakistan Earthquake Create a Mud Island? | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
A mud volcano is thought to be behind a new landmass that recently rose off the coast of Gwadar, Pakistan.
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Thinking Green in Pittsburgh

Thinking Green in Pittsburgh | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

"Pittsburgh, called 'hell with the lid taken off' in the 19th century because of its industrial filth, is now an academic leader in the green movement."


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Bri Coins's comment, September 12, 2013 4:16 PM
This is awesome! A city coming together to make it a green and better place? Why arent all cities doing this? I remember learning Pittsburgh being one of the dirtiest and industrial based cities, and now to read that its a better place. I think more cities need to come together as they said and stop competing with each other over money and make cities better for the citizens.
Drake Peterson's comment, September 12, 2013 5:06 PM
I think this is an outstanding article. Pittsburgh especially being known for their production of steel and coal, which is very harmful to the atmosphere. But now the city is taking their image and turning it into something green. Which is good for them and good for the world
harish magan's comment, September 14, 2013 1:25 AM
If this city and its governing body can do it any other metro city can also follow suit.Only thing is to take action and act on it. people can ask their respective city council to initiate efforts in this regard . If their citizen also take interest and raise their voice for this concept lot can happen soon.
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What are the competing claims over Gibraltar?

What are the competing claims over Gibraltar? | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

"Three hundred years after Spain ceded Gibraltar to Great Britain, tensions between the two countries have resurfaced in a dispute apparently over an artificial reef and onerous border searches. The UK has always insisted Gibraltar is rightfully British. The Spanish government maintains the territory should pass back. But what are the details of each side's legal, historical and geographical claims for sovereignty?"

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University Groups - Geology for Global Development

University Groups - Geology for Global Development | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

Geology for Global Development exists to raise the profile of international development within the geosciences community, focusing on students and recent graduates. 

At Geology for Global Development we are currently working to establish groups in universities across the UK. If you are based in a UK university and are interested in establishing a group, or would like more information then do get in contact with us. We are currently developing a University Group Information Pack to support GfGD Ambassadors (students leading the GfGD group) working to pioneer groups, with ideas and suggestions for things you can do."

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Quiz: how much do you know about energy?

Quiz: how much do you know about energy? | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
How many lightbulbs does the average home use, and how much do we spend on keeping food and drink cold? Test your knowledge in our energy quiz
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A truly tricky quiz that shows how ignorant most of us are in respect of energy use. Have a go and see if you can do better than the average score of 3 correct answers

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EnviroAtlas | US Environmental Protection Agency

EnviroAtlas | US Environmental Protection Agency | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

EnviroAtlas is a collaborative project developed by EPA, in cooperation with the US Geological Survey (USGS), the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Forest Service, and Landscope America. It is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:

A multi-scaled Interactive Map with broad scale data for the lower 48 states and fine scale data for selected communitiesThe Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which shows the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human healthEcosystem services information, GIS and analysis tools, and written resources
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THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH ATLAS FOR ENGLAND AND WALES

THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH ATLAS FOR ENGLAND AND WALES | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

A collection of maps illustrating geographical distributions of disease risk and environmental agents. The atlas provides interactive maps of geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a neighbourhood (small-area) scale in England and Wales.

These maps have been developed as a resource for the public, researchers and anyone working in public health and policy to better understand the geographic distribution of environmental agents and health conditions in England and Wales. The health condition maps show the relative risk so there must always be some wards above average and some wards below average. It is important to note that direct causal links between the mapped environmental agents and health conditions are not made by these maps. They provide information about risks and concentrations for areas, but risks and exposures for individuals living in those areas may differ. 

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The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales is a new online, interactive map. You can enter any postcode and see if that area is above or below average in terms of any one of 14 health conditions. The atlas was created by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit at Imperial College London, funded by the Medical Research Council and Public Health England. Go to http://www.envhealthatlas.co.uk/homepage/faq.html for further information explaining how the atlas was developed and what the atlas can and can’t show.

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UK defeats European bid for fracking regulations

UK defeats European bid for fracking regulations | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

Leaked documents show successful opposition to attempts to safeguard the environment with a legally binding directive. The UK has defeated European Union attempts to set legally binding environmental regulations for the continent's fledgling shale gas industry, the Guardian has learned.

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Cave holds stunning tsunami clues

Cave holds stunning tsunami clues | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra (near  Banda Aceh) holds  records of 7 tsunamis in the Indian Ocean stretching back up to 7500 years. 

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Holly Davis's curator insight, March 24, 1:46 PM

This is really interesting because this particular cave is allowing scientists to study tsunamis that occurred thousands of years ago and determining the frequency of tsunamis.

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Q&A: Green taxes

Q&A: Green taxes | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
The prime minister has announced a review into so-called green levies or taxes. But what exactly are they and how do they affect our bills?
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Shell Exec Says Oil Companies Might Become Carbon Capture Ones | MIT Technology Review

Shell Exec Says Oil Companies Might Become Carbon Capture Ones | MIT Technology Review | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
An expert from Shell says that oil companies, with their deep knowledge of geophysics, are well-suited to pioneer carbon capture and storage technology.
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Dirk Smit, vice president of exploration technology at Royal Dutch Shell, responded to the IPCC Climate Change Report at EmTech yesterday explaining how oil companies can be instrumental in limiting carbon emissions. 

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Does "Global Warming Pause" Debate Miss Big Picture?

Does "Global Warming Pause" Debate Miss Big Picture? | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

As the IPCC prepares to release its next report on climate change, scientists and skeptics debate the impact of a recent pause in global warming. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, this week to iron out the final details of a widely anticipated report on the current state of global warming science. There has been much speculation about how the report will address an apparent decrease in the rate of warming over the past few years, dubbed a "global warming pause."

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Interested to read up on their assessments in 2001 and 2007? Search for "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" in iCat and find out what you is available in the LRC and online.

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Picture quiz – do you know your world cities?

Picture quiz – do you know your world cities? | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
Some city skylines are so iconic they are instantly recognisable. Leaving out the most obvious contenders, we've put together this gallery of cities around the world – see how many you can guess
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Demographers Discover The Fundamental Law Governing the Growth of Cities Discovered

Demographers Discover The Fundamental Law Governing the Growth of Cities Discovered | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it
The discovery of a law governing the growth of cities means that future urban populations can now be forecast in advance

Via Sakis Koukouvis
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Based on Hernando, A., Hernando, R. and Plastono, A. (2013) Space-time correlation in urban sprawl. Available at: arXiv:1306.3656  

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Maurice Politis's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:30 AM

"... a city’s growth also depends on the growth of cities nearby. So cities somehow influence each other. Hernando and co say this effect is most pronounced over distances up to 80 kilometres and then drops of as 1/r^2." 

faridf's comment, August 22, 2013 1:47 AM
i learned a lot. thanks
What is sustainability?'s curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:00 AM

Nice to know...

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Fraxinus crowdsources scientific research on Facebook

Fraxinus crowdsources scientific research on Facebook | Scoops GGE | Scoop.it

"Flash game developer Team Cooper has partnered with The Sainsbury Laboratory to create a new Facebook game with a greater purpose than just having fun. The game is called Fraxinus, and it uses Facebook gamers to crowdsource scientific research for the Open Ash Die Back project."

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