Flood risks could cause home values in US coastal areas to decline over the next 20 years, states a recent paper by two economists. Home prices along the coast could fall as much as 16%, the researchers report, noting that some coastal residents underestimate the effect of sea-level rise.
Maps can be powerful tools during humanitarian crises, and training refugees in geographic information systems can give them valuable job skills, writes Brian Tomaszewski of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He explains how his team trained 10 Syrian refugees on mapping concepts in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
People's climate change beliefs can shape their views on seasonal weather patterns, per a recent study from Utah State University. Researchers "found a pretty strong relationship between what people thought about global climate change more broadly and what they said they had experienced in terms of the weather at the local level," said assistant professor of geography Peter Howe.
Networks of digital cameras, activity trackers, biometric sensors and drones are changing how people study wildlife, and experts disagree on whether technology will enhance or undermine conservation efforts.
A lidar analysis of areas around Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico revealed previously undocumented road segments connecting Puebloan sites. A federal judge issued a ruling in April that says the Bureau of Land Management only has to survey the immediate area where a well will be drilled, but Richard Friedman, Chaco expert and instructor at San Juan College, says the BLM ground surveys could miss signs of ancient roads.
If you missed or want to review the high-profile sessions from AAG 2018 New Orleans, you can now watch the videos of the Opening Session with welcoming remarks from Executive Director Doug Richardson and Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell followed by Derek Alderman's Presidential Plenary. Also available are Glen MacDonald's Past President's Address and Honorary Geographer Robert Bullard's talk. Visit the AAG YouTube Channel.