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App Helps Visualize Climate Change Impacts

by Matt Ball on April 19, 2012

Red Hill Studios has developed an iPad application called Painting with Time: Climate Change that lets you explore how the world is changing. Dragging your finger across the screen peels back the layers of time to reveal how our world is changing. Gary Braasch, creator and photographer of the World View of Global Warming , […]


Cal-Adapt is a data clearinghouse and visualization portal that consolidates details related to climate change and impacts for the state of California, bringing global issues down to the local level. The website provides details to the general public, to local planners, and to researchers (with access to raw data). The site includes more than 150 […]


Surging Seas Maps Sea Level Rise in Coastal U.S.

by Matt Ball on March 15, 2012

A new online site called Surging Seas from Climate Central maps the impact of climate change and sea level rise in coastal areas of the United States. The online and interactive map displays the potential impacts of 2 to 7 more feet of sea level rise that is possible this century, which will impact the […]


EU Targets Land Use in Emissions Accounting

by Matt Ball on March 12, 2012

Today the European Commission published a draft law that would expand monitoring of greenhouse emissions to both farm land and forestry. Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) has so far been excluded from the EU’s set of fixed targets to try to curb climate change, and would require a whole new monitoring and […]


The Robert S. Strauss Center has developed an online map-based analysis of the areas in Africa most susceptible to damage from climate change. The tool provides insight into areas of vulnerability, conflict and aid, and where they intersect. The aim is to guide researchers and policy makers to improve stability and economic vitality. The online […]


Geologists Map Forests of Dinosaur Times

by Matt Ball on February 28, 2012

In this month’s journal Geology, there is a feature that recounts the efforts of scientists to map the forests during the Cretaceous period. The map and database of more than two thousand fossilised forest sites during this time of dinosaur abundance recount a broad reach of humid tropics, with forests that extended close to both […]


UBC’s Decision Theatre Visualizes Climate Change

by Matt Ball on February 15, 2012

The Decision Theatre at the University of British Columbia’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) pulls together information to package potential futures. The theater displays computer-generated visualizations that are grounded in scientific data, to help communities and policymakers understand the local impacts of climate change and visualize the results of different strategies. According to professor […]


Allenby Explores Complexity and the Role of GIS

by Matt Ball on January 11, 2012

Braden Allenby gave a keynote at last week’s GeoDesign Summit, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with him for an interview. I’ve been an Allenby fan for some time, having read and re-read Reconstructing Earth and just recently having read The Techno-Human Condition. Allenby is a big-picture thinker, an engineer that trains students […]


Earth Networks, the company behind WeatherBug, is working with Berkeley Labs, UC San Diego, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for a statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions monitoring system for California. The network will collect data on concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) in a large-scale sensing framework that builds on the […]


The UK-based risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft has just released their fourth Climate Change Vulnerability Index that takes a look at climate impacts and a country’s ability to adapt. There are 193 countries profiles in the study, with a look at population concentration, development, natural resources, agricultural productivity, and conflict. There are 30 countries […]