What sea-level rise means for home values | How GIS can broaden opportunities for refugees | Study: Climate change can affect weather perceptions
May 24, 2018
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What sea-level rise means for home values
What sea-level rise means for home values
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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.
Pacific Magazine (5/21) 
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How GIS can broaden opportunities for refugees
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.
The Conversation (US) (5/18) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
Study: Climate change can affect weather perceptions
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.
Utah Public Radio (5/21) 
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How some cities are protecting their urban forests
Urban areas are losing tree cover every year, states a recent study from the US Forest Service. This article highlights efforts to address the issue in Pittsburgh, New York City and Tallahassee, Fla.
Next City (5/23) 
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Technology and Applications
Digital surveillance tools change how wildlife is studied
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.
Engadget (5/21) 
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Lidar finds ancient roads that could be jeopardized by drilling
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.
Science (free content) (5/16) 
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