Visualizing Priority Conservation Areas in Western North America

northamericaClimate Change-Priority Conservation Areas in Western North America is an online (use of Firefox browser recommended)  geospatial visualization tool that shows projected annual change in mean temperatures through 2094 in relation to The Nature Conservancy priority conservation areas for western North America.  Climate projections are from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) general circulation models (GCMs). The primary goal for this project was to develop standardized, cross-ecoregional spatial and tabular data that could address conservation issues and strategies across western North America. The database enables cross-jurisdictional analyses with third party data sets.

Spatial Analysis, Biogeography, and the Hunt for Osama bin Laden

The work of two geography professors and five of their students at UCLA using biogeography theory and spatial analysis tools to locate the possible whereabouts of Osama bin Laden has been all over the news (both geospatial and mainstream) over the last several weeks. Yesterday Scientific American published an interesting blog post which offers a critique of the paper; perhaps most importantly, that the authors “omitted several key details from their analysis, most notably pertinent political or historical context”.

You can find the original paper published in the MIT International Review here [PDF].