geography

Solar eclipse of 2017

Posted 9 months 5 days ago

Today is the day. Beginning about 1 p.m. and peaking at approximately 2:38 p.m., the Moon will pass between the Sun and the Earth. Professor of geography John Knox, who led the organization of a massive viewing opportunity at Stanford Stadum, explains.

 

 

Go to the stadium, or just get outside somewhere this afternoon for this very rare event. Some reminders:

-Viewing the eclipse directly without protective glasses may result in serious eye damage.  -Please be sure to take proper precautions when viewing the eclipse. The American Astronomical Society’s...

Noted and Quoted, summer 2017

Posted 9 months 1 week ago
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Algal blooms, Waffle House eclipse-viewing, food insecurity, Planet of the Apes, work-life conflicts and many more stories, Franklin College faculty kept a full schedule in media across the globe this summer. Here's a sampling:

Assistant professor of geography Jerry Shannon creates map of Waffle House restaurants to watch the solar eclipse from – AJC, R&B, WSB, Q & A in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Science says: Trump team garbles climate science (Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor Marshall Shepherd) – WTOP

Trump’s tax plan a reminder of...

Joye, Shepherd receive major career awards

Posted 9 months 2 weeks ago
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Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Arts and Sciences Samantha Joye and Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor Marshall Shepherd recently received career-defining professional awards:

Professor of marine sciences and director of the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf research consortium, Joye has been elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. An international nonprofit scientific association with 60,000 members in 137 countries, the AGU is a worldwide scientific community, promoting discovery in Earth and space science for the...

Solar eclipse - teachable afternoon about the sun and climate

Posted 9 months 3 weeks ago
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The University of Georgia will host a viewing party of the solar eclipse on August 21. Professor Marshall Shepherd uses his Forbes column to underscore a crucial point about the rare event:

Intuitively, I think most people understand that we have seasons because the Earth is tilted on its axis as it rotates around the sun. We are currently in northern (southern) hemisphere summer (winter) because that hemisphere is tilting toward the sun and receiving more direct energy. I often cringe during the winter when someone tweets, "it's snowing so what do they mean global warming."

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The science of rain delays

Posted 10 months 1 week ago
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Professor Marshall Shepherd and UNC colleagues published a study on urban rainfall patterns around Atlanta that found that the new home of the Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park, sits “in the maximum region” for cloudbursts:

 The pattern of rainfall anomalies is most evident in the early evening hours of the day and is hypothesized to be related to the evolution of the skin or surface urban heat island (UHI), rather than the canopy layer UHI. The study formally proposes the term “flow regime dependent” downwind anomaly regions Spatio-temporal rainfall patterns around Atlanta, Georgia and...

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