Tracking ice loss in Glacier National Park | Many US metros are becoming less dense, data show | Studies reveal cities' wage, productivity gaps
May 25, 2017
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Tracking ice loss in Glacier National Park
Scientists studying 39 named glaciers in and around Montana's Glacier National Park have found that they shrank by more than one-third between 1966 and 2015. Grinnell, which draws the most visitors, lost 45% of its footprint over that time.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/24) 
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Many US metros are becoming less dense, data show
Many US metros are becoming less dense, data show
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Forty-one of the 51 metro areas that contain more than 1 million people became less dense between 2010 and 2016, data show. Seattle saw the greatest gain in density, while San Antonio and Austin, Texas, saw the largest losses in density.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/22) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
How Trump's budget would affect science funding
President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for cuts to a range of scientific programs, including a $776 million reduction in funding for the National Science Foundation.
The Hill (5/23),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/23),  Science online (5/23) 
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Monitoring the Earth's biological patterns
Biologists, geographers and earth scientists are working together to study the rhythmic biological events that take place across the planet as part of a discipline known as phenology. Scientists are drawing on a number of sources for insight, including "PhenoCams" -- stationary cameras that capture multiple images over time -- and the observations of writer Henry David Thoreau.
Undark (5/22) 
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Study: Tornado intensity key predictor of casualties
Study: Tornado intensity key predictor of casualties
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The extent of the casualties associated with a tornado is more closely related to the intensity of the storm than it is to the number of people who live in the area, researchers have found. The study, led by Florida State University geographer Tyler Fricker, analyzed 872 casualty-causing tornadoes that occurred between 2007 and 2015.
Eos (5/18) 
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Technology and Applications
Private companies look to develop satellite systems
Some private companies are looking to enter the market with advanced satellite radar systems to attract scientists and compete with government-offered tools. However, some observers caution that the costs could raise barriers to data access.
Nature (free content) (5/23) 
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Upcoming Award Deadlines
The AAG is accepting nominations and applications for AAG Honors, the Media Achievement Award, the AAG Publication Award, and the AAG Fellows Program. All entries must be submitted by June 30, 2017, for consideration. Learn more about AAG awards.
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Feature Your Department in the AAG Guide to Geography Programs
Don't miss the chance to promote your geography department to prospective students. Tell them about your program and highlight your faculty in the 2017 edition of the AAG Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas. Act soon because the deadline to submit your listing is June 2. All departments listed in the Guide will also be included in Guide to Geography Programs Interactive Map. The Guide serves as a complete and invaluable reference for faculty, prospective students, government agencies, and private firms in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world. Learn more or view the current edition at this website.
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