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1. How the rich and poor live in same cities, different worlds

AAG SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Metro areas in the U.S. are increasingly segregated by income, education and occupation, a study has found. "It is not just that the economic divide in America has grown wider; it's that the rich and poor effectively occupy different worlds, even when they live in the same cities and metros," writes Richard Florida, one of the researchers. CityLab (02/23)

2. New images provide fresh view of U.S. coastlines

AAG SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey has provided a fresh look at about 2,000 miles worth of the country's coastlines by releasing new images and video footage. Researchers are "learning the dynamics of the seafloor and how things have changed in the last few decades," said Nadine Golden, a geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Being able to get a picture of that is extremely useful." The images could help with habitat protection and offer insight into natural disasters. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (03/20)

3. The future of western weather

AAG SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

In this interview, B. Lynn Ingram, a professor of earth and planetary science and geography, discusses the climate history of the western U.S., as well as the future of the region. Looking forward, models suggest the region will get less snow and experience more extreme periods of drought and flooding, she says. Ingram is co-author of the book "The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and other Climatic Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow." Utah Public Radio (03/17)

4. Satellite's camera will capture Earth's entire sunlit surface

AAG SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

The Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite will be able to photograph the Earth's entire sunlit surface. The camera, which is capable of spotting features such as volcanic ash and ozone, is expected to produce 10,000 images in the next two years. ExtremeTech (02/24)

5. Where is the geographic center of the U.S.?

AAG SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Conde Nast Traveler (03/2015)

6. Drought may have been a factor in Syrian unrest

AAG SmartBrief | Mar 05, 2015

A three-year drought exacerbated by climate change could have made Syria more vulnerable to unrest, a recent study suggests. Researchers say drought conditions lasting from 2006 to 2009 encouraged 1.5 million people to leave Syria's rural areas and enter its crowded cities, setting the stage for the 2011 uprising. "All of these things happened right before the uprising, so it's reasonable to assume that these were contributing factors," said Colin Kelley, a geographer with the University of California at Santa Barbara. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/02) Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (03/04)

7. Study suggests 1610 is the best start date of the Anthropocene

AAG SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

A push to set the date for the beginning of a new geologic epoch, named for humankind's influence on Earth, is gaining steam. A group of researchers suggest that the Anthropocene epoch began in 1610, when Europeans arrived in the Americas, states a study published in Nature. Meanwhile, debate continues about the concept of the Anthropocene as a whole. Nature (free content) (03/11) BBC (03/11)

8. Using desalination to manage drought

AAG SmartBrief | Mar 12, 2015

A number of California cities are mulling the potential of using desalination plants to produce drinkable water from the Pacific Ocean. The process could help to alleviate the state's drought, which has entered its fourth year, but there are potential downsides in terms of cost and energy use. This article looks at the desalination process and how it is perceived in other parts of the world. Pacific Standard magazine (03/05)

9. Do NYC cab drivers still need to know geography?

AAG SmartBrief | Mar 12, 2015

GPS devices are helping cab drivers find their way around New York City, so the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission has removed many of the geography questions from its licensing exam. The commission is working to revamp its curriculum and will direct training centers to include GPS navigation as a topic of study, a spokesman said. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/08)

10. Modern cities' growth mirrors that of ancient ones, study finds

AAG SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

There are many similarities between the growth of modern cities and ancient ones, according to archaeological data gathered by researchers, who suggest that social behaviors play a big role in developing urban spaces. Researchers used data collected on the pre-Hispanic Basin of Mexico to make their initial comparisons and hope to test their methods on other ancient sites and cultures. "It implies that some of the most robust patterns in modern urban systems derive from processes that have been part of human societies all along," said anthropologist Scott Ortman, a co-author of the study published in Science Advances. (02/20)

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