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March 21, 2013
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  Geography in Action 
 
  • A new way to study the urban landscape
    Researchers should adopt a new approach to studying urban areas, one that moves past surface-level observations to focus on the fundamental forces that shape the development of cities, according to William Solecki, a geographer at Hunter College. "What we need is a comprehensive, integrated, system-level analysis of the city-building process," he says. Solecki and two co-authors laid out their vision for this new approach in a recent issue of Environment magazine. The Atlantic Cities (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mapping technology helps preserve Inuit culture in Canada
    Technology invented by geographer Fraser Taylor is helping the Inuit people to map areas of the Canadian territory of Nunavut to preserve their traditional place names. The technology, known as Nunaliit, enables users to work with not only text but also video, audio and pictures. "Print is totally inadequate to capture the storytelling traditions," Taylor said. He recently received a grant to improve the hardware and software used for mapping. Nunatsiaq News (Nunavut) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Research, Education and Global Change 
 
  • Census data: Sun Belt rebounds, but many U.S. counties are in decline
    Census data show that population growth has rebounded in parts of the Sun Belt -- a trend that is fueled in part by oil and gas drilling. "Even the deepest recession since the Great Depression cannot permanently disrupt the decades-long trend of growth in the South and West," said Robert Lang, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. However, the data also show a record number of counties across the country experienced "natural decrease," which happens when there are more deaths than births. USA Today (3/14), FoxNews.com/The Associated Press (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • Mapping the mania for college hoops
      
    The NCAA men's basketball tournament means big money for many, including companies with massive advertising campaigns centered on March Madness. This post maps the regions of the U.S. that are most likely to watch the tournament and details the kind of demographics marketers use to target the most avid hoops fans. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Philadelphia touts public safety as reason for 3D mapping
    Philadelphia has used light detection and ranging to map the insides of many city buildings. When combined with oblique imagery data, city officials can generate a 3D image of buildings and other areas. Public safety is a top use for the technology. "If something happened in one of the subway areas and you're sending first responders in, those first responders have transponders, you can see where they are in the model and you can help guide them," GIS Director James Querry said. Government Computer News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ethnic change and enclaves in Los Angeles
    Approximately 10 million people live in Los Angeles County, making it the largest in the U.S. It also has the region's greatest ethnic diversity living throughout various ethnic enclaves. In this article, James Allen and Eugene Turner, professors at California State University, Northridge, look at trends in the county up to 2010. They also focus on eight ethnic enclaves to provide readers with a brief introduction and taste of L.A.'s ethnic diversity and patterns. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Special sessions underscore milestones in geography education at AAG Annual Meeting
    The AAG Annual Meeting will feature four sessions on the association's contributions to K-12 geography education. The sessions will focus on AAG materials and resources related to geography education; policy initiatives and the AAG Resolution Supporting K-12 Geography Education; national geography standards; and the Roadmap for 21st Century Geography Education Project. The first session will be on Wednesday, April 10. The remaining sessions will take place on Friday, April 12. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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