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Global Change, Sustainability »

Saturday, March 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Finally some good news about global change: globalization is making us cooperate!  This is no minor discovery.  Poverty, global warming, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss- all of these will only be solved when all of the people of all nations collaborate sustainably in doing ... [More]

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Methods »

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 1 Comments

Now you can be your own remote sensing platform on the cheap - in 3D!  Microsoft’s Photosynth application (installs in your browser) allows anyone to combine pictures taken from any angle from the ground or kite, balloon or radio-controlled airplane- what have you- and make a geometricall... [More]

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Anthromes, Ecosystems, Land use »

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 1 Comments

Here is an open question to the group and readers:Is there a typical human habitat, and if so, what does it look like?More than likely, there is a distribution of different habitat types that humans occupy at a global, regional, and even local levels, but perhaps there are some common patterns. ...; [More]

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Ecosystems »

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 3 Comments

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has recently released the first comprehensive digital map of wetlands across China, based on remote sensing imagery.  The effort was led by PengGong, of CAS Institute of Remote Sensing Applications in Beijing and University of California, Berkeley.  We... [More]

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Global Change, Land use »

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

When we change our landscapes, we change the clouds above and thereby climate - this from new evidence just published by Jingfeng Wang (Wang et al., 2009) and a team of researchers in Rafael Bras’s climate lab at MIT.  By observing cloud patterns and other climate parameters in defor... [More]

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Ecosystems, Global Change »

Sunday, March 1, 2009 | 2 Comments

While you are driving to work, plume of carbon drifting lazily into the sky, do you ever wonder where all of your carbon will end up?  Now, work by Simon Lewis and a large team of collaborators (Lewis et al 2009) have shown that about 1/6th of the carbon emitted annually to the atmosphere ... [More]