Tonga eruption discoveries defy expectations

Tonga eruption discoveries defy expectations

NIWA’s research vessel, RV Tangaroa , has returned from a month-long expedition as part of the Nippon Foundation-funded Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project (TESMaP), where scientists were studying the effects of January’s eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai (HT – HH).

Hotspot Watch 20 May 2022

Hotspot Watch 20 May 2022

As of 17 May, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in parts of Waikato, northern Manawatū-Whanganui, much of the upper South Island, Banks Peninsula, and much of Otago.

Tropical seafloor secrets revealed

Tropical seafloor secrets revealed

NIWA scientists and Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) have used satellite technology to chart the Cook Islands’ seafloor in never-before-seen detail.The work was done as part of Seabed 2030 - a collaborative project to produce a definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030.

FAO - News Article: FAO launches practical tools to encourage soil organic carbon sequestration

FAO - News Article: FAO launches practical tools to encourage soil organic carbon sequestration

Managing soils in a sustainable way and rehabilitating degraded agricultural soils and grasslands can therefore help mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis and improve food security and nutrition.

I'm Trapped in the Witcher 3 Grind, and I Hate It Here

I'm Trapped in the Witcher 3 Grind, and I Hate It Here

Not only that, it’s a big, stupid chore that too often comes during those precious early hours of a game when you’re just trying to get your bearings and master the gameplay mechanics.

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet's Growth Since 1997

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet's Growth Since 1997

The original Opte was a still image, but the 2021 version is a 10K video with extensive companion stills, using BGP data from University of Oregon's Route Views project to map the global internet from 1997 to today.

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2021

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry-to-very dry soils are found in the northeastern South Island and along parts of eastern Canterbury.

A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests

A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests

Researchers are using centuries-old British sea charts and advanced technology, such as camera drones and satellite images, to trace shifts in the abundance and distribution of kelp beds over time, said geographer Maycira Costa.

Mapping the Way to Better Conservation in the Caribbean

Mapping the Way to Better Conservation in the Caribbean

© Steve Schill for As TNC’s lead scientist in the Caribbean, Dr. Steve Schill often works from a boat, collecting underwater data that are used to document the condition of coral reefs and other marine habitats.

Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First

Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First

Then, at left, you can choose an event size with the slider, from 10 to 5,000 people, and watch the risk of at least one Covid-positive person being there skyrocket the bigger the gathering gets.

FAO - News Article: Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all

FAO - News Article: Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all

Earth Map has also been designed to empower and provide integrative synergies with the federated FAO's Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform , a more comprehensive tool to provide Members, their partners and donors with the means to identify and execute highly-targeted rural development initiatives with multiple goals ranging from climate adaptation and mitigation to socio-economic resilience.

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

With more Americans than ever working, going to school, and gathering online, social media platforms have an urgent responsibility to step up in order to ensure the integrity of this election.

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

Courtesy of NOAASo if you’re looking at the HRRR-Smoke map, on that same left-hand menu, click on “Near Surface Smoke.” This gives you smoke concentrations at about 8 meters off the ground, which are indicated on a light-blue-to-purple color scale at top right on the map.

Hotspot Watch 1 May 2020

Hotspot Watch 1 May 2020

Soil moisture increases will be likely in the next week along the West Coast and in parts of the upper South Island.

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2020

With many locations across the North Island expected to see weekly rainfall totals of 25-40 mm (with isolated higher amounts), minor to moderate soil moisture increases will be likely in most areas.

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

In Peru, that kind of work, maps combined with demographic data, will help the government get cash—around $107 (US)—to those quarantined near Cusco.“Buildings and roads aren't visible on the map yet, but you can see them really clearly in satellite imagery,” says Firth.

The Deliciously Surprising Science of Taste

The Deliciously Surprising Science of Taste

“But this has been converted down the years into a more extreme version of the taste map that says sweet is at the front of the tongue, bitter is at the back, and salty and sour at the sides,” says Robert Margolskee, director and president of Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center, which researches taste and smell.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought currently encompasses most of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, East Cape, and small portions of interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in place from Bay of Plenty through the Central Plateau (see NZDI map).

Tree Tapping Isn’t Just for Maples

Tree Tapping Isn’t Just for Maples

It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of syrup from sugar maples.Various types of maples, boxelder, walnut, sycamore, birch, and a few additional tree species have all been tapped for syrup making.

Hotspot Watch 27 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 27 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that all of the upper North Island as well as East Cape are experiencing severe meteorological drought, while the southern Waikato and eastern Taranaki to Manawatu-Whanganui and western Bay of Plenty are experiencing meteorological drought (see NZDI map).

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

As the moon rotates around its host planet, this charged gas swipes across Jupiter’s magnetic field lines “like plucking strings on a guitar,” said Nichols, who studies space-based magnetic fields.

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island has widespread severe meteorological drought, with meteorological drought also affecting central Waikato to Manawatu-Whanganui as well as East Cape (see NZDI map below).

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

Apple yesterday touted a “new” version of Apple Maps, one that includes faster navigation, more detailed roads, real-time transit updates, lists of favorite places, and access to Look Around, street-level 3-D imagery that’s similar to Google’s Street View .

Maps Are Biased Against Animals

Maps Are Biased Against Animals

Many complex nonhuman animal societies are concentrated in biological hotspots like the Serengeti.Humans are not knowledgeable or sophisticated enough to depict every individual creature on our maps, but surely we can display the animal habitats of which we are aware.

Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It Too

Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It Too

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices ruled Thursday that the highest court doesn’t have the power to address partisan gerrymandering , the practice in which politicians redraw district maps to help their own party win more elections.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

Cadillac Super Cruise, the luxury automaker’s hands-off driver-assistance system, will by the end of the year work on more than 200,000 miles of highway in the United States and Canada, 35 percent more territory than it covered when it launched in 2017 .

Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves, Slopes—and Fault Lines

Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves, Slopes—and Fault Lines

Greene and colleagues explored the Salish Sea with multibeam sonar sensors attached to the bottom of the research ship and seismic sensors on a small torpedo-like instrument towed 100 feet off the seafloor.

Dun Dun. Duun Duuun! The Great White Shark Genome Is Here

Dun Dun. Duun Duuun! The Great White Shark Genome Is Here

The Great White Shark Genome Is Here Sharks are renowned for their wound healing, lifespans of 70-odd years, and low rates of cancer. Stanhope and Shivji’s new map reveals that great white sharks also possess huge chunks of code for these genome-stabilizing DNA repair mechanisms and for tumor suppression.

Strava's New Tool Builds Routes Based on Your Finger Swipes

Strava's New Tool Builds Routes Based on Your Finger Swipes

The straightforwardly named tool, which lives inside the Strava app, is purpose-built for smartphones and makes finding new routes as simple as tracing your finger over a map: Just draw where you want to go and it spits out an ideal path.

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

From the comfort of your home, you may not realize how climate change is already affecting mental health, or ripping apart ecosystems, or how cities like Los Angeles are taking drastic measures to prepare for water shortages.