27 October 2016

Dozens of ancient shipwrecks found accidentally during Black Sea mapping

A cool news report (and related to an earlier post) is the mapping of ship wrecks in the Black Sea.  I remember a colleague in grad school whose interest was in marine archaelology since water (and cold water in particular) helps preserve these ships for future study.  Check out the news at this link.

26 October 2016

WHO maps

Climate is the long term atmospheric conditions in a region.  Typically it is measured by precipitation and temperature averages.  Travel decisions are often based on climatic conditions.  Check out this interactive website for the air pollution.

24 October 2016

Be a Transportation Planner!

Design your own streetscape for pedestrian and biking.  Forget adding lanes to deal with your traffic jams, add a bike lane.  You too can be a transportation planner using this cool site 
Thanks to a colleague who shared this neat website.

17 October 2016

15 October 2016

Near Live Satelite Imagery

Want to track natural events over time using remote sensed imagery?  Check out this link:


You can track atmospheric events on this site.  Don't expect to see what is in you backyard.  This is a global view that can only zoom in so far.  But for vacation plans and hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and big events that can be observed from space this link rocks.

13 October 2016


the funny sounding word stands for State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreeation Plan and you can find thme for your state at this site:



11 October 2016

Volunteering is Big Business in America

About a quarter of Americans volunteered at least once in 2015.  In a recent news release from (get this) the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Most volunteers tend to be "By age, 35- to 44-year-olds and 45- to 54-year-olds were the most likely to volunteer (28.9 percent and 28.0 percent, respectively). Volunteer rates were lowest among 20- to 24-year-olds (18.4 percent). Teenagers (16- to 19-year-olds) continued to have a relatively high volunteer rate, at 26.4 percent. Over the year, the volunteer rates for 35- to 44-year-olds and 55- to 64-year-olds declined."