- Here is our monthly report on the wonderful world of technology advancements, hot off the presses:
From a plant to a toxic metal filter.
Another use for graphene: stable, next-gen batteries.
Insanely efficient new catalyst for biofuel production.
And this catalyst is 3 times more efficient at producing syngas from carbon dioxide.
New formula show potential for double-sided solar panels in urban and farm environments.
Ever heard of supercritical water? Well now you have, it might help improve biofuel production too.
Could frozen air be a solution for storing renewable energy?
- With the end of 2019, NASA took a break from their regular monthly Global Climate Reports to look at the climate in the past year. While the link here is a bit different than the typical format we reference, it is full of useful data and graphs. 2019 shapes up to be the second warmest year on record with temperatures 0.98°C (or 1.8°F) above their 20th Century Average. Slide 17 is perhaps one of the most intriguing in the collection as it ties global climate change to natural disasters and their economic impact. If Trump is really the economic genius he promises to be, perhaps he should take note of Slide 17 and start preparing for and mitigating global climate change.
- With the welcoming of February also comes our annual prediction of late winter weather and in memory of this ‘metrological’ event, my Google search of the month was, “Groundhog and GIS.” And yep as you might have guessed, we found an excellent thesis on the topic by Elizabeth Watson of the University of Illinois where she examines the relationship between urbanization and groundhog survival rates. By combining GIS and in-field studies, she arrives at some intriguing conclusions – check out her paper now!
- In our ongoing review of city GIS websites, we are making our second trip through the list of states with a disappointing stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month, hopefully this month improves when we review the college town’s website, Eugene, the second largest city in Oregon.
Eugene, OR GIS Website
Eugene, OR GIS Contacts
Eugene, OR GIS Web Map
Eugene, OR GIS Map Collections
Eugene, OR GIS Direct Downloads
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