The Guardian: ‘Ultimate gift to future generations’: plan to laser map all land on Earth. “A project to produce detailed maps of all the land on Earth through laser scanning has been revealed by researchers who say action is needed now to preserve a record of the world’s cultural, environmental and geological treasures.”
Phys .org: Online prototype could improve ocean migratory species governance. “An online mapping and knowledge platform prototype could soon offer free and easily accessible information on the migratory patterns of endangered species in the ocean. The Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system has been launched by The University of Queensland’s Dr. Daniel Dunn.”
Phys .org: New tool visualizes nature’s benefits worldwide. “Nature supports people in critical ways, often at a highly local level. Wild bees buzz through farms, pollinating vegetables as they go. Nearby, wetlands might remove chemicals from the farm’s runoff, protecting a community drinking water source. In communities all around the world, nature’s contributions are constantly flowing to people. Scientists have mapped these contributions at local levels for years, but a new Stanford-led study puts these local analyses on an interactive global map that emphasizes nature’s declining ability to protect people from water pollution, coastal storms and under-pollinated crops.”
USGS: Landslide Risks Highlighted in New Online Tool . “The U.S. Geological Survey today unveiled a new web-based interactive map that marks an important step toward mapping areas that could be at higher risk for future landslides. In collaboration with state geological surveys and other federal agencies, USGS has compiled much of the existing landslide data into a searchable, web-based interactive map called the U.S. Landslide Inventory Map.”
KSBW: PG&E creates new website to map areas that can be affected by power shutoffs. “After being plagued by technical issues and a non-responsive website, PG&E has created and released a new site for the public to see if they’ll be affected by power outages.”
Word & Way: In St. Louis, Mapping How Religion Is Lived — in Sanctuaries Holy and Profane. “[Adam] Park is a fellow with a novel project called Lived Religion in the Digital Age. The SLU project uses photos, interviews and other data to map religious happenings around the city. The idea is to capture the varieties and complexities of religious practices — some in conventional religious spaces such as churches and others at places such as Busch Stadium, a baseball park in St. Louis — to build a better understanding of the way religion is lived.”
KSL: Want to know where Utah’s waterfowl migrate to? There’s now a website for that. “Each year for more than a century, state wildlife biologists place metal bands on various ducks, geese and swans with the purpose of tracking migration patterns. Now, a new comprehensive website allows anyone to see where those birds went after they were tagged — and there are some interesting places.” Props to the bird which ended up in Hawaii. Wow.