Web Presence of Academic Geographers: A Generational Divide?

The Professional GeographerThe Professional Geographer, Accepted 14 April 2012

Matthew W. Wilson and Sarah Starkweather

“The pervasiveness of the Internet in society has brought about changes in academia and shifts in the day-to-day practices of many academics. Here, the web practices of academic geographers are specifically examined through an Internet-based survey, to better understand how these geographers both present themselves through the Internet and perceive the importance of such practices around web presence. Situated within this increasing importance of the Internet as part of professional practice and the neoliberalization of the university, the changes in the teaching and research of academics are overviewed. We then discuss our findings, which indicate a relationship between generation and web practices, and which further reinforce the need for a more central discussion of the importance of web presence within the context of a knowledge economy.”

Economic Vulnerability of Timber Resources to Forest Fires

Journal of Environmental ManagementJournal of Environmental Management, 100 (2012) pp. 16-21

Francisco Rodríguez y Silva, Juan Ramón Molina, Armando González-Cabán, and Miguel Ángel Herrera Machuca

“The temporalespatial planning of activities for a territorial fire management program requires knowing the value of forest ecosystems. In this paper we extend to and apply the economic valuation principle to the concept of economic vulnerability and present a methodology for the economic valuation of the forest production ecosystems. The forest vulnerability is analyzed from criteria intrinsically associated to the forest characterization, and to the potential behavior of surface fires.

Timber resources vulnerability for the Córdoba Province.

Timber resources vulnerability for the Córdoba Province.

“Integrating a mapping process of fire potential and analytical valuation algorithms facilitates the implementation of fire prevention planning. The availability of cartography of economic vulnerability of the forest ecosystems is fundamental for budget optimization, and to help in the decision making process.”