This week from AGU: Dubai, 'Blue Marble', #OSM16 press conferences & Arctic monitoring


Dubai construction alters local climate

The climate of Dubai is quickly growing less hospitable, according to authors of a new study.

How the VIIRS "Blue Marble" image came about

Norman Kuring created the 2012 'Blue Marble' image, an incredibly detailed, true-color image of Earth that's featured in a new series of U.S. Postal Service space-themed stamps. Here, he describes the creation of this composite image taken with a number of swaths of the Earth's surface on January 4, 2012.

Press conferences from the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting:

Forecasting Fisheries

More than 80 percent of the world's fish stocks are exploited or over-exploited due to expansion of commercial fishing over the past several decades. Many fish stocks can recover, however, when fisheries implement sustainable management practices. Here, experts present new ways that ocean science data can be used to make commercial fisheries more efficient and sustainable as well as new data on how climate affects fisheries worldwide.

Combating coastal land loss

About 500 million people around the world live on deltas, making coastal land loss one of the biggest social and environmental challenges globally. Perhaps nowhere is the issue more apparent than in Louisiana, which loses about a football field of wetlands every hour. Leading experts in coastal geology, ecology and engineering present new information about coastal land loss in Louisiana and around the world, and report on new research to potentially address this global problem.

Marshes in Louisiana: 5 years after Deepwater Horizon

Much of the research following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill focused on offshore, deep-water ecosystems, but a group of scientists have been looking at the effects the spill had on coastal marshes – wetlands that have a long history of oil exploration, high rates of erosion and tropical storm activity. A panel of experts presents new information about how salt marshes in coastal Louisiana have responded to the spill.

Unmanned Platforms Monitor the Arctic Atmosphere

In the Arctic, drones and tethered balloons can make crucial atmospheric measurements to provide a unique perspective on an environment particularly vulnerable to climate change.


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