23 December 2016

Aviation Warning Issued Due to Volcanic Eruption in Alaska

Is this going to be a repeat of Iceland?  Some great imagery is found here.

Eyjafjallajökull from Ring Road (2015)

And speaking of Iceland, what happend back in 2010 when Eyjafjallaj√∂kull became active?

22 December 2016

Tourists like the sun, right

So instead of the beach, what happens if you are in the Big Apple?  The New York Times has mapped it for you "Mapping the Shadows of New York City: Every Building, Every Block."

There are some great maps and graphics too.

21 December 2016


Time to start tracking Santa as we move toward a season of goodwill.  Please, let us foster Peace on Earth.

Official tracking is found here.

17 December 2016

Change of Government is not Just the US

A major tourist destination in the Caribbean is changing leadership as well.  Attorney-at-law Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson led the opposition People's Democratic Movement (PDM) to its first election victory in 13 years, thereby becoming the British territory’s first female premier in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Will tourists be aware of the change?  Probably not since most are insulated from the day to day business on the islands.  Amazingly the troubles of 2009 only became known to me after my first visit to Providenciales that same summer.  Current news of Michael Misick trial is still pending.

It is all about money and greed.

12 December 2016

Fall Teaching and Research Assistantships

Check out this list:

FALL 2017
PhD Research Assistantship-Public Lands Management and Recreational Use:  The Department of Natural Resources and Society, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, is seeking highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing a PhD focused on social science research on public lands management, participatory decision making, recreational and visitor use of public lands, and travel management.  For more information contact Dr. Patrick Wilson (pwilson@uidaho.edu) or Dr. Travis Paveglio (tpaveglio@uidaho.edu).

PhD Research Assistantship-Fire Adapted Communities and Policy Evaluation: The Department of Natural Resources and Society and the Policy Analysis Group at the University of Idaho seeks a highly qualified candidate to pursue a PhD focused on understanding the ways in which communities adapt and respond to wildfire risk.  The successful candidate will work closely with communities and local authorities in the western US to identify their policy preferences and mitigation strategies. Interested applicants should have interest in community decision making, wildfire planning, policy evaluation, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.  For more information contact Dr. Travis Paveglio (tpaveglio@uidaho.edu) or Dr. Dennis Becker (drbecker@uidaho.edu).

MS Research Assistantship-Policy Analysis Group: The Policy Analysis Group at the University of Idaho is seeking a highly qualified candidate to pursue an MS focused on evaluating natural resource policy systems and methods of analysis. Students should have broad interest in a variety of natural resource topics relevant to the Policy Analysis Group. For more information contact Dr. Dennis Becker (drbecker@uidaho.edu).

11 December 2016

Winter Weather Advisory

Seems we might get some snow tonight in New England.  In Albany, NY, "significant snow" is expected.  In anticipation, I checked out my snow blower, gassed it up, and ran it for a bit yesterday so I can tackle Winter Storm Caly!.  (notice how the Foxification of the Weather Channel has gotten out of hand the past few years?)

That is why I rarely use the dot com site.

02 December 2016


What does this area look like from space?  http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view.php?id=88701
And from the Sea?

And nearby?

01 December 2016

Climate Change and Tourism

Our friends at Michigan State have a great site.  Check out the traffic and ski "tools."  For example the winter tool does:

"The tool provides information on a number of ski-relevant parameters including the number of ski days, the day of first snow, the date of last snowcover, and the amount of snow that has to be artificially generated to keep a resort open."

"Richard Medina, an assistant geography professor at the University of Utah, is studying how weather affects traffic patterns and accidents in Salt Lake County. The project could produce a model that may help emergency managers, said Medina, who previously did a similar study in the Washington, D.C., area."  Listen here.