Elon Musk's idea of building a private mass transportation system under Los Angeles highlights some of the issues involved in underground planning, including the question of who owns the land. In this commentary, Bradley Garrett describes underground building projects in cities such as London and Melbourne, Australia, and discusses what the future may hold for underground mapping and spatial privacy.
While hurricane names come from a set list, the names of fires are decided by dispatchers or the first firefighters to arrive at the scene. They are often named for nearby geography or landmarks, but sometimes they come out of nowhere, like the 2015 Idaho fire called "Not Creative," which came during a very busy fire season at a location with no nearby landmarks.
A study by the US Geological Survey states that the Southern California coast faces a severe land-erosion problem as the sea level rises, putting thousands of homes at risk. The study, which predicts that erosion rates seen between 1930 and 2010 will eventually double, states that 41 meters (135 feet) of coastal land may disappear by the end of the century.
Restrictions on storing water in additional areas south of Florida's Lake Okeechobee may be lifted under a state of emergency declared over toxic green algae blooms caused by water discharge from the lake. Gov. Rick Scott has also ordered more water testing and called for a grant program to help local governments pay for cleanup services.
Nitrogen from seabird droppings help coral reefs thrive, but invasive rats can interfere with that system by preying on the birds and their chicks, a study published in Nature suggests. Researchers examined reefs around three islands in the Chagos Archipelago and found the reefs around islands without rats were healthier and more productive.
Archaeologists have used aerial photography and maps made with lidar to study how World War I affected western Belgium's landscape. "Now that the generation who actually witnessed the war has passed away, our only way to get in touch with the war is through the landscape," said archaeologist Birger Stichelbaut.
AAG Seeks New Editor for "The Professional Geographer" Journal
The American Association of Geographers seeks applications for the position of editor of "The Professional Geographer." The new editor, whose responsibilities include overseeing the solicitation, review, and publication of scholarly articles for the journal, will be appointed for a four-year editorial term beginning July 1, 2019. Learn more.
#aagDC Registration Opening Soon
AAG is working hard to prepare to open registration for its 2019 annual meeting. The conference will be held April 3-7 in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham hotels. AAG has secured a block of rooms at reduced rates, which will ensure attendees have a place to stay during the time of year when millions of visitors flock to the area for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Check out the AAG annual meeting website often for developing details on registration fees, hotel and travel discounts, featured themes and special sessions and speakers as they become available. Learn more.