31 August 2010

Earl update

You can download GIS data for Earl from http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at2.shtml?5-daynl

For us in the New England, (as opposed to Old England) we are expecting three more days of hot 90 degree F days. Then by the weekend, it will drop twenty degrees after Earl passes on the way to the North Atlantic.

30 August 2010

My name is Earl

Always a good thing to check out the weather in the Caribbean this time of the year. See http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ for the current excitement. The high pressure in the northeast should keep Earl away....but what about Fiona? The NC coast may be in for some breezy winds.

29 August 2010

Sinabung Volcano Erupts

Just in time for my Physical Geography class, and any geography class for that matter. Not that I want to exploit the local residents, but natural disasters like this, occur almost every day.

And it gives us geographers current events to show our students. I just Googled Earth to see where it is.

It might even eclipse, momentarily, the five year anniversary of Katrina. I mean, there is a world outside of the states.

24 August 2010

Urban Heat Islands part tres?

Working with one of my students to replicate our UHI study in Westfield. Since the town is all torn up and being reconstructed from the benefit of federal stimulus $, what better time to check out the old urban temperatures.

We will present this research at NESTVAL 2010 at UCONN later this semester, but in the meantime check out this isothermal map.

OK, please note that the temperature scale is identical for both 1993 and 2009. This means that the overall temperature was warmer last year (and that the temps in 1993 were cooler ... duhhh). We figured a way to standardize this with some fancy GIS work. I'll show that in a later post.

22 August 2010

Have you searched the National Archives...in the UK?

A great site for geography information and other goodies. Try:

See also their UFO site:

21 August 2010

Tourism Geographies

Have you checked out the latest issue of Tourism Geographies? See the webpage at:


And you can read the abstracts here:

17 August 2010

Iceberg leaving Greenland

While searching for a decent link to put with the title I found one citing the discovery of a UFO in Greenland.

Wow, ain't the Internet great?

NASA has some great remote sensing images to check out. Use Google Earth to see the glacier (South of Lincoln Sea).

12 August 2010

Free National Parks this weekend

Free is good.

What better reason to hit the trails this weekend in a US NPS park. See the details at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

While you are surfing, check out the great resources for educators on the NPS website.

05 August 2010

Troubled Mexicana Stops Selling Tickets

From the Mexicana website:

"Domestic Flights continue to operate
and can be purchased normally

as they are operated by MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink,
unaffected by Compañía Mexicana de Aviación (CMA)

CMA has suspended its flight sales but continues to operate its flights
as scheduled to protect its passengers."

see : http://www.mexicana.com/cs/Satellite?pagename=MexicanaG5_US_EN/Page/RedirectSiteAlterno_US_EN

04 August 2010

ISSRM 2011 dates set

Direct details from the International Association for Society and Natural Resources:

Save the Dates!

Dear ISSRM Participants and Members of IASNR,

We are excited to announce that for 2011 IASNR will be hosting TWO ISSRM Symposia to encourage broader participation from across the globe.

ISSRM 2011 – June 4-8, 2011
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

ISSRM 2011 - June 13-17, 2011
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

You can also find us on Facebook:
Madison: ISSRM 2011 Madison
Malaysia: ISSRM2011

These are certain to be exciting meetings and we hope that you will plan to attend one, and perhaps even both, in 2011. Please continue to check the websites for important updates on abstract submission deadlines, registration information, lodging and travel information, and other exciting updates.

If you have any questions about the Madison, Wisconsin, meetings please email the conference organizers at: ISSRM2011.Madison@gmail.com

If you have any questions about the Sabah, Malaysia, meetings please email the conference organizers at: ISSRM2011@ums.edu.my

03 August 2010

No BlackBerry's in Dubai

Will the ban on this popular smartphone hurt tourism in the fun capital of the Middle East? Don't know, but BlackBerry's web access will not work in the the United Arab Emirates. You can still use the phone, just not access the network.

The Country wants to control it.

The ban doesn't take effect until the 1st of October, so download your YouTube clips while you can.