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GFPLAIN250m, a global high-resolution dataset of Earth’s floodplains

GFPLAIN250m, a global high-resolution dataset of Earth’s floodplains | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Identifying floodplain boundaries is of paramount importance for earth, environmental and socioeconomic studies addressing riverine risk and resource management. However, to date, a global floodplain delineation using a homogeneous procedure has not been constructed. In this paper, we present the first, comprehensive, high-resolution, gridded dataset of Earth’s floodplains at 250-m resolution (GFPLAIN250m).

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Satellites see the world as a bunch of pixels.  In this recent article in the journal Nature, the authors used a global set of satellite images to create the first global layer of floodplains.  This data is now publicly accessible as a free download (one you can put into ArcGIS after the files are extracted and zipped).     

 

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Know your rivers  | Riverspace

Know your rivers  | Riverspace | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
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Another great resource for those studying freshwater environments - Riverine environments  / Wetlands etc. 

If you cam e to my Professional Learning events with GTANSW and GTAV Annual Conferences or Centre for Professional Learning day in Newcastle this fits perfectly with the material presented on the day.

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From ownership to stewardship: how Te Ao Māori is changing water management in New Zealand

From ownership to stewardship: how Te Ao Māori is changing water management in New Zealand | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Growing up next to Tāngonge, a wetland in the far north of New Zealand, has given stormwater engineer Troy Brockbank a lifelong passion for water and a desire to bring a Te ao Māori (Indigenous Māori worldview) to helping protect it.
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World's rivers 'awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics' | Society | The Guardian

World's rivers 'awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics' | Society | The Guardian | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Largest global study finds the drugs in two-thirds of test sites in 72 countries
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Beavers and Wildfire: a stop-motion story by Emily Fairfax

Beaver dams build climate resiliency by slowing water down and storing it in their ponds and the surrounding riparian area. Their wetlands are uniquel
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A natural experiment reveals the impact of hydroelectric dams on the estuaries of tropical rivers

A natural experiment reveals the impact of hydroelectric dams on the estuaries of tropical rivers | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
We tested how sediment trapping by hydroelectric dams affects tropical estuaries by comparing two dammed and two undammed rivers on Mexico’s Pacific coast. We found that dams demonstrably affected the stability and productivity of the estuaries. The two rivers dammed for hydroelectricity had a rapid coastal recession (between 7.9 and 21.5 ha year−1) in what should otherwise be an accretional coastline. The economic consequences of this dam-induced coastal erosion include loss of habitat for fisheries, loss of coastal protection, release of carbon sequestered in coastal sediments, loss of biodiversity, and the decline of estuarine livelihoods. We estimate that the cost of the environmental damages a dam can cause in the lower part of basin almost doubles the purported benefits of emission reductions from hydroelectric generation.
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We used to have deep rivers and expansive wetlands – now we’ve got a water crisis

We used to have deep rivers and expansive wetlands – now we’ve got a water crisis | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Water has been a topic at the top of mind all summer, but beyond the headlines are some issues that cut to the crux of how we live in this country.
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Toxic algal bloom prevention 'too expensive' for dairy farmers to do on their own - ABC Rural - ABC News

Toxic algal bloom prevention 'too expensive' for dairy farmers to do on their own - ABC Rural - ABC News | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
In a tough financial climate, dairy farmers in WA struggle to afford the necessary upgrades to reduce effluent run-off.
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'Beautiful and frightening': Australia's rivers under threat – in pictures | Australia news | The Guardian

'Beautiful and frightening': Australia's rivers under threat – in pictures | Australia news | The Guardian | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Photographic artist Paul Harmon visits the drought-stricken Murray-Darling catchment to showcase the preciousness of water and attempts to harness it
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What caused the death of a million fish in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin? – video The Guardian

What caused the death of a million fish in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin? – video The Guardian | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Up to a million fish, including 100-year-old Murray cod, have died in one of the biggest environmental catastrophes to hit the river.
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90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from just 10 rivers

90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from just 10 rivers | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
The world has become increasingly alarmed at the amount of plastic in its oceans. But where does all this plastic waste come from?
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Private conservation group spends $55m to protect Murray-Darling swamp | Australia news | The Guardian

Private conservation group spends $55m to protect Murray-Darling swamp | Australia news | The Guardian | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Combined with neighbouring Yanga national park and government-owned Gayini-Nimmie Caira, more than 200,000 hectares are under protection
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Cooks River Stories: Reviving our river

Jennifer Newman, Wiradjuri woman and member of the Cooks River Valley Association, shares her hopes for the Cooks River and describes the steps we can al
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The NSW government is investigating the... - The Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW government is investigating the... - The Sydney Morning Herald | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
The NSW government is investigating the cause of 'shocking' algal bloom events that may have killed a million or more fish.
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Selling swimmability to spark urban river clean ups

Selling swimmability to spark urban river clean ups | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Not all rivers are suitable for swimming – there are sharks and other flesh eating animals to contend with in some places – but the benefits of a healthy river range much further with improvements to the ecology, heat island effect and recreational opportunities.
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Only a third of world’s great rivers remain free flowing, analysis finds | Environment | The Guardian

Only a third of world’s great rivers remain free flowing, analysis finds | Environment | The Guardian | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Dams, levees, hydropower and habitat degradation behind fragmentation on huge scale, finds global assessment
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GFPLAIN250m, a global high-resolution dataset of Earth’s floodplains

GFPLAIN250m, a global high-resolution dataset of Earth’s floodplains | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Identifying floodplain boundaries is of paramount importance for earth, environmental and socioeconomic studies addressing riverine risk and resource management. However, to date, a global floodplain delineation using a homogeneous procedure has not been constructed. In this paper, we present the first, comprehensive, high-resolution, gridded dataset of Earth’s floodplains at 250-m resolution (GFPLAIN250m).

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Floodplains 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, 14 March, 19:08

Satellites see the world as a bunch of pixels.  In this recent article in the journal Nature, the authors used a global set of satellite images to create the first global layer of floodplains.  This data is now publicly accessible as a free download (one you can put into ArcGIS after the files are extracted and zipped).     

 

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Detoxing the river: toward a swimmable Yarra

Detoxing the river: toward a swimmable Yarra | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
New approaches to ecology, indigenous knowledge and design aim for swimmable city playground
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New factsheets offer strategies for restoring urban waterways

New factsheets offer strategies for restoring urban waterways | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
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A guide to what’s happened in the Murray-Darling Basin so far

A guide to what’s happened in the Murray-Darling Basin so far | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
The Murray-Darling Basin has been in the headlines all summer, with mass fish deaths sparking debate about the management of this vital resource. Here's refresher on everything that’s happened in the Basin recently.
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Mashable - These underwater lawnmowers are making rivers cleaner and healthier

Mashable - These underwater lawnmowers are making rivers cleaner and healthier | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
These underwater lawnmowers are making rivers cleaner and healthier.
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Victoria’s Ovens River is one of two... - Australian River Restoration Centre

Victoria’s Ovens River is one of two... - Australian River Restoration Centre | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
Victoria’s Ovens River is one of two significant rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin that remains unregulated, as well as being the only major floodplain in the southern Basin with a natura
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The Darling River is simply not supposed to dry out, even in drought

The Darling River is simply not supposed to dry out, even in drought | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it

Mass fish deaths are a blaring warning sign for the heath of the Murray Darling Basin, but just as worrying is the sight of dry areas in the Darling.

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So long, fish, and thanks for nothing, Murray Darling planners

So long, fish, and thanks for nothing, Murray Darling planners | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it
The emptiness of the "historic" pledge by state and federal governments to save the Murray Darling Basin is now laid bare.
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BBC Earth - The world's largest freshwater dolphins 

BBC Earth - The world's largest freshwater dolphins  | Lorraine's Riverine Environments Stage 5 Option | Scoop.it

The world's largest freshwater dolphins are pink!

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