Apollo News Snippets – August 2023 - Apollo Mapping
Posted on August 1st, 2023

Apollo News Snippets – August 2023

The NOAA extreme weather map for June 2023 shows below average sea ice extents in both the Arctic and Antarctic Seas. The Arctic ice extent was the 13th smallest on record, and the Antarctic Sea ice extent hit a record low. Chile experienced its heaviest rainfall in 30 years, causing devastating flooding that impacted more than 20,00 people; while Tropical Cyclone Biparjoy brought heavy rains to India and Pakistan, contributing to Pakistan’s second wettest June on record. (Credit: NOAA’s State of the Climate Reports)
  • The June 2023 NOAA Global Climate Report has been released and there were some disturbing temperature and weather patterns present. June 2023’s average global surface temperature ranked the highest on record since 1850. All continents experienced hotter than average temperatures, with rankings in the top seven warmest recorded. In southern North America, Texas and Mexico experienced a heat dome with record breaking temperatures. For the third consecutive month, global ocean surface temperatures set a record high.
  • Did you know that August 7th is Beach Party Day? In honor, our Google search of the month was, “Beaches and GIS”. We found this article by Paul Paris, Michael J. Starek, Eric Hardin, Onur Kurum, Margery Overton, and Helena Mitasova, titled Lines in the Sand: Geomorphic and Geospatial Characterization and Interpretation on Sandy Shorelines and Beaches published by the Geography Compass in 2014. It discusses how the allure human have toward beaches can produce strain on shorelines due to overuse. Shoreline shape also changes over time due to shifting tidal patterns. The article explores how GIS and geomorphology can be used to understand shoreline change and the factors contributing to it. The authors found that GIS can be used as an effective tool to study changing beaches and shorelines, but admits that so far, it’s been a slow process to implement such tools in the coastal management community.

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