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Methods, Sustainability »

Friday, December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

As the fate of the Earth system becomes ever more intertwined with human systems, “thinking in systems” has become more essential than ever.  I've read books on systems theory (e.g. Allen & Hoekstra 1993), but a refresher is always good, so when I came across Thinking in Systems... [More]

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Global Change, Methods »

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Acting locally: no problem.  Thinking globally: big problem!  To solve global problems, we need global understanding of local change. Yet no matter how hard we try, it remains extremely difficult to think globally.  Even in a world where Earth’s entire surface is scanned daily b... [More]

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Anthromes, Methods »

Monday, July 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Ecologists are studying the least human parts of the most human ecosystems and the most human parts of the wildest ecosystems while favoring the Temperate zone over the Tropics (Nature News Article by Zoë Corbyn: “Ecologists shun the urban jungle”).  That’s what we’... [More]

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Global Change, Land use, Methods, Sustainability »

Friday, December 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

With carbon, climate and COP 15 in the news, Google and Microsoft are now battling over carbon mindshare, introducing the latest web-based “Carbonware” designed to help combat carbon emissions and global warming.  These add to a growing list that includes the many “carbon foot... [More]

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Ecosystems, Global Change, Land use, Methods »

Monday, October 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

Will the census of the future ask homeowners how many trees they have on their property? With humanity now faced with a changing climate under even the most stringent efforts to reduce carbon emissions, carbon accounting has become a hot topic for scientists, politicians and economists.  While... [More]

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Methods »

Saturday, July 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

The real world is 3-dimensional.  And so is real ecology!  To improve our ability to observe and measure the ecology of landscapes in 3D, we are exploring a variety of new tools that almost anyone can use.  To see some examples, I've just updated our 3D landscapes page-... [More]

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Methods »

Monday, June 15, 2009 | 8 Comments

I 'm a professor of environmental science at UMBC and have been experimenting with Amazon’s Kindle DX since Friday (June 12, 2009).  When the Kindle DX was first announced in May, I was very excited by the possibility of reading journal articles and other materials in Adobe Acro... [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]