Heat dangers of bounce houses

Posted 1 year 6 months ago
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A nearly ubiquitous sight on the suburban landscape, inflatable bounce houses mark the fun and frivolity at children’s parties and other events practically year round. But a new study from Andrew Grundstein and Marshall Shepherd in geography examines the heat safety issues that can put children in danger amid all the innocent play:

Expanding on the concept of microclimates like those in parked vehicles that cause serious injuries to children, the study investigated potential heat-related risks associated with bounce houses, which create a microclimate environment similar to...

Citizen science smartphone app: Cyanotracker

Posted 1 year 7 months ago
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A new citizen science smartphone app called “CyanoTRACKER” for water quality monitoring is now available. The app was developed as a part of the NSF-funded CyberSEES project from computer scoience and geography faculty for early detection of blue-green algae (aka Cyanobacteria) blooms in lakes, ponds, lagoons, estuaries, coasts:

In August 2014, dangerous levels of a toxin produced by harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie compromised the water supply in Toledo, Ohio, as well as many other smaller cities and towns. The bloom, spawned by large concentrations of cyanobacteria that occur...

Greenland ice melting and arctic amplification

Posted 1 year 8 months ago

Last week, Nature Communications published a study by a collaborative group of researchers that showed a connection between the Greenland ice melt in the summer of 2015 and a phenomenon known as 'arctic amplification.' Our very own Thomas Mote, a professor in the department of geography, was part of this study and has contributed to countless climate change related studies in the past. 

The Greenland ice sheet, Earth's second largest after Antarctica, holds enough ice that if it were to melt entirely, it would raise average global sea level by about 7 meters, or almost 23 feet....

Dawn Of the DAWGSat program

Posted 1 year 9 months ago
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The time when UGA did not have a space program is soon to be ending, thanks to some truly ambitious and imaginative undergraduate students and an interdisciplinary faculty team:

A University of Georgia project led by a team of undergraduate students and including faculty from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering was recently selected for funding by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

The UGA proposal, "CubeSat for GA Water Resources," to NASA's Undergraduate Student Instrument Project will receive $200,000 in funding to prepare for a launch...

Tracking the Greenland meltwater

Posted 1 year 9 months ago
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Very interesting work in the context of a significant increase in the melting of glacial land ice on the island of Greenland due to atmospheric warming:

a team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia has discovered the fate of much of the freshwater that pours into the surrounding oceans as the Greenland ice sheet melts every summer. They published their findings today in the journal Nature Geoscience.

"Understanding the fate of meltwater is important, because research has shown that it can carry a variety of nutrients, which may impact biological...