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December 13, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
  • Fires may have accelerated ice melt in Greenland, research shows
    Arctic wildfires produced smoke and soot particles that may have contributed to the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, according to research using satellite imagery. Soot can contribute to melting by making ice less reflective. "Soot is a very powerful absorber," said Jason Box, a geographer at Ohio State University. "Very small increases in soot content have big increases in solar absorption." The Guardian (London) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Invasive grass found to be contributing to fires in the West
    An invasive species of grass known as cheatgrass has been linked to many of the largest forest fires in states such as Nevada, California and Oregon, according to research by Jennifer Balch, an assistant professor of geography at Penn State University. "What's happening is that cheatgrass is creating a novel grass-fire cycle that makes future fires more likely," she said. "Fire promotes cheatgrass, and cheatgrass promotes fires." Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers create a map of the London Blitz
    U.K. geographers have mapped where German bombs fell throughout London during the eight-month Blitz in World War II. About 20,000 people were killed in the city and some 20,000 others died elsewhere in Britain during the German bombing campaign, which took place in 1940 and 1941. "It seems astonishing that London survived the onslaught," said Kate Jones, a geographer at the University of Portsmouth. United Press International (12/8), (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Why study-abroad programs should be rigorous
    Students sometimes expect academic requirements to be relaxed when they participate in study-abroad programs, but rigor is necessary to help them make the most of the experience, according to William G. Moseley, professor of geography at Macalester College. "If you are a faculty member looking to take a group of students overseas, get the necessary training and make sure you have the place-relevant research background to be a competent study-abroad instructor," he writes in this blog post. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content)/WorldWise blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • U.K. housing group using GIS to plan new developments
    GIS is helping GreenSquare, which manages 10,000 homes in the U.K., to more efficiently research its development decisions. The housing group had relied on site visits to choose new locations, but now, thanks to Esri software, the company can overlay geographic information on maps for more efficient planning. "We can see property types, access routes, who owns what land and all the other local factors we need to consider in an initial investigation," said GreenSquare's Dawn Francis. (U.K.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AAG announces top honors
    The AAG will confer the highest awards it has to offer to nine individuals for their outstanding contributions to the advancement or welfare of geography. Each year, the AAG invites nominations from the membership, which are then presented to the AAG Honors Committee for consideration. The AAG Honors will be presented at the upcoming AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles during a special awards luncheon on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAG Annual Meeting field trips available to explore Los Angeles
    Explore the rich physical and cultural geography of Los Angeles through informative field trips to Mt. Hollywood, Chinatown, the Arroyo Seco and other locations -- all led by geographers or other experts. Field trips are also an excellent way to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues and friends. Visit the AAG site for a full list of field trips. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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