- It’s time again for my favorite part of the News Snippets, that being technology advances in the past month!
Droplets of liquids can move across surfaces without outside forces applied.
New catalyst both breaks down water and recombines hydrogen and oxygen to generate power.
From wastewater to hydrogen fuel with a single atom catalyst.
Bee hives and solar cells combine to improve agriculture.
New technique to improve algae power generation.
New way to harvest wave and tidal energy in oceans and lakes.
Nature improves this solid-battery design.
New material developed for improved computer memory.
This idea creates on-demand fuel from sunlight and air.
Stride forward for solid-state battery production.
Ammonia could replace carbon-based fuels in the future.
- As you might have expected, the October 2021 NOAA Climate Report is out and it shows the global warming trend is continuing. In fact, the October 2021 temperatures were some 1.60°F (0.89°C) above the 20th Century average – making it the 4th warmest October on record behind only 2015, 2018 and 2019. Some 8.24% of the world’s surface saw record warmth in the month, the second highest percentage behind only October 2015.
- Did you know December 4th is Cabernet Franc Day? Well nor did I! So in honor of this tasty holiday, my Google Search of the month was, “Cabernet Franc and GIS.” And of course we found a paper on the topic about spatial variability in a range of environmental factors impacting Cabernet Franc vineyards in Canada by A. Reynolds and J. Rezaei. In this paper, the authors use GIS analysis combined with real-world soil samples to see if precision agriculture can help with viticulture.
- Last month we were in Delaware for a review of their 3rd largest city’s online GIS resources, and for this month we travel south to Tampa, Florida for a similar review:
Tampa, FL GIS Website
Tampa, FL GIS Contacts
Tampa, FL GIS Web Map
Tampa, FL GIS Map Collections (we are not able to find any PDF format maps on the Tampa GIS site)
Tampa, FL GIS Direct Downloads
Brock Adam McCarty