U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Could Update Manatee Habitat Map

…from the Miami Herlad

“It has been more than 30 years since federal wildlife managers formally mapped the places where endangered manatees live in Florida. On Tuesday, they acknowledged it’s probably time for an update.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would consider reassessing critical habitat for the manatee, a process that could fill some gaping holes.”

Air Pollutants From Abroad a Growing Concern: New National Research Council Report

global_air…from the National Research Council…

Harmful air pollutants can travel across oceans and continents and have negative impacts on air quality and ecosystems far from their original sources, says a new report by the National Research Council. Although degraded air quality is usually dominated by local emissions, the influence of nondomestic pollution sources may grow as emissions from developing countries increase and environmental protection standards tighten in industrialized countries.”

Redlands GIS Week 2010: Space-Time Modeling and Analysis

…from redlandsgisweek.org

“Join us for Redlands GIS Week, an annual series of events bringing together thought leaders from academia, government, and industry to advance the science and application of geospatial technologies. Events will feature keynote presentations, lightning talks, and workshops, as well as opportunities for informal brainstorming with leading geospatial thinkers and implementers.

“Redlands GIS Week is held at ESRI’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Redlands, California USA. The first event, “Space-Time Modeling and Analysis,” is co-sponsored by the University of Southern California, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), and the University of Redlands, and will be held 22-23 February 2010 bringing together key scientists working on integrating space and time. Afterwards, a publication will be produced to promote the event’s results with a larger audience.

“More information coming soon.”

New Report: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

…new report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program

“The report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. It’s also a report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

NOAA Animation: The Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

dead zone

“Hypoxic zones are areas in the ocean of such low oxygen concentration that animal life suffocates and dies, and as a result are sometimes called “dead zones.” One of the largest dead zones forms in the Gulf of Mexico every spring. This data visualization discusses the causes of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.”

[Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)]