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March 14, 2013
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  Geography in Action 
  • Researchers use social media to monitor tornado debris
    After tornadoes struck the U.S. in 2011, University of Georgia students and geography professor John Knox used Facebook to track the distance that debris was carried by the storms. One piece of debris traveled 220 miles; multiple other items were carried more than 100 miles each. The study could have important implications if a future tornado were to pick up nuclear waste or some other hazardous material. "[S]omeday we may be worried about material falling from the skies that could cause harm," Knox said. "And we want to know in advance, where in the past these sorts of objects have landed." Georgia Public Broadcasting (3/11), Athens Banner-Herald (Ga.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tracking the relationship between weather and flu outbreaks
    Researchers have studied the link between weather patterns and influenza outbreaks. In temperate zones, flu outbreaks tend to coincide with times when temperatures drop and the air gets drier. In warmer areas, however, flu outbreaks tend to correlate with periods when the air is wet. "Nobody has a really good theory for what's going on in the tropics," said geographer James Tamerius, a postdoctoral student at Columbia University. (3/11), National Public Radio/Shots blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boosting crop diversity in Malawi
    Researchers from Western University in Canada are part of a five-year project aimed at increasing food security in Malawi by helping farmers grow a more diverse array of crops. "We hope they'll see the yields and start to experiment on their own farms," said Isaac Luginaah, a geography professor at the university. "We don't want to impose any crops on them; we want to show them they can experiment." The London Free Press (Ontario) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • Esri leverages unique space at SXSW for mapping gurus
    This year's South by Southwest Interactive Festival is as much about interactive media and technology as it is about music. Software firm Esri commandeered a unique venue in Austin, Texas, to connect developers, hackers, entrepreneurs and executives with its geographic information systems mapping solutions. "GIS has been used for a long time in natural resources and government ... But commercial companies are starting to use it more and more, for things like: Where's the best place to locate a store? What are the trends in demographics so that we can project where we need to be building and buying land? Even things like, 'Where should we open flu-shot clinics?'" explains Esri Chief Marketing Officer Linda Hecht. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. Navy goes global and local to conserve energy
    When the U.S. Navy decided to reduce its energy costs and become more environmentally friendly, it developed the Navy Shore Geospatial Energy Program. The system uses GIS software to track energy consumption on a global scale and at individual facilities. "Geospatial capabilities are changing the way that we all do business," said Sandrine Schultz, energy program manager at Naval Facilities Engineering Command. "We turned data into decisions." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Early registration discount for AAG Annual Meeting ends Friday
    Register by Friday, March 15, 2013, to receive the discounted rate for the AAG Annual Meeting. All members and nonmembers, including students and spouses, who register by the deadline are eligible for a reduced rate. Visit to register today and beat the last-minute rush. Call 202-234-1450 for help with your registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diamond, Mann to discuss their books at AAG Annual Meeting
    Jared Diamond and Charles Mann will speak on their most recent books in a special session at the AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013. This session is hosted by the AAG and its new publication, The AAG Review of Books. Both authors will be available to answer audience questions and sign books following their presentations. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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