geography

Noted and Quoted, March 2016

Posted 1 year 10 months ago
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Franklin faculty expertise continues to gain influence in the media on a wide variety of crucial issues affecting American society and the world. A sample from the month of March:

The Washington Post files an editorial written by professors Marshall Shepherd and John Knox. The post is about “the unfortunate demise of the National Achievement Scholarship Program.”

U.S. News map: What going viral looked like 120 years ago. An interactive map, produced by University of Georgia’s eHistory initiative and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, uses the Library of Congress’ database...

Study predicts impacts of sea level rise

Posted 1 year 11 months ago
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Assessing the risk from rising seas using year 2100 population forecasts for all 319 coastal counties in the continental U.S., a new UGA study predicts that more than 13 million American homes will be threatened by rising sea levels by the end of the century:

The study is based on analyses by Mathew Hauer for his doctoral work with the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Deepak Mishra of the UGA department of geography; and Jason Evans, a former UGA faculty member now with Stetson University. It was published March 14 in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Leaplings

Posted 1 year 11 months ago

Faculty members Marshall Shepherd, Danny Krashen and Kevin Moore, along with a few UGA students, explain why today is Leap Day:

 

New method for calculating Urban Heat Island intensity

Posted 2 years 5 months ago
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The urban heat island effect describes how the spatial configuration of cities, the materials in them (such as asphalt), lack of vegetation and waste heat can modify temperature. A new study from reseachers in the department of geography using a new method for calculating urban heat island intensities clarifies the conflict on whether urban density or sprawl amplify these effects more:

It also provides a ranking of the top urban heat island cities among the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas.

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The study, published in the journal Computers, Environment...

NASA Research on Sea Level Rise in Greenland

Posted 2 years 5 months ago
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A NASA Interdisciplinary sciences project by UGA faculty lead by Thomas Mote and including Patricia Yager and Renato Castelao collected data this summer at the top of the world:

On Greenland’s ice sheet, a vast icy landscape crisscrossed by turquoise rivers and dotted with melt water lakes, a small cluster of orange camping tents popped up in late July. The camp, home for a week to a team of researchers, sat by a large, fast-flowing river. Just a kilometer downstream, the river dropped into a seemingly bottomless moulin, or sinkhole in the ice. The low rumble of the waters,...

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