- Are you ready for your next monthly dose of all things techy? If so, sit back, read on and get ready to be amazed:
Zapping animal waste can produce valuable fertilizers.
Step forward in shelf life of carbon-capturing molecule.
Wood can be used to make organic solar cells.
These bacteria make valuable products from plant fibers.
Graphene semiconductors could open door for new electronics.
Another improved catalyst for sustainable hydrogen gas production.
New technique to recycle metals in lithium-ion batteries.
- The Annual 2023 Global Climate Report has been released by NOAA and reveals further proof that global climate change remains a concern. The year 2023 was the warmest since global records started being kept in 1850. 2023 also broke the previous record set in 2016. Interestingly, the 10 warmest years in the 174-year record have all happened during the last decade. Furthermore, during 2023, the July global temperature value emerged as the warmest of all months on record. Global ocean temperatures in 2023 also showed nine consecutive months of record-setting warm temperatures with September 2023 setting the record as the warmest of any month. June through August 2023 in the Northern Hemisphere emerged as the warmest summer season on record and the Northern Hemisphere’s fall season, September through November 2023, became the warmest autumn on record. The 2023 Northern Hemisphere surface temperature also was the warmest on record while the Southern Hemisphere saw its warmest year on record.
- National Dark Chocolate Day falls on February 1. In honor of this, our Google search of the month was, “chocolate and GIS.” We found a case study called “Detection of Stress Areas in Cocoa Farms Using GIS and Remote Sensing: A Case Study of Offinso Municipal & Offinso North District, Ghana,” which was written by Felix Owusu Anyimah et al. and appeared in the publication, Environmental Challenges. The case study demonstrated how GIS and remote sensing can help cocoa farmers detect stress areas. Specifically, it shows how farm managers typically identify stresses on the farm via ground survey; but points out that remote sensing and GIS can identify on a larger scale the spatial distribution of environmentally-stressed areas on cocoa farms, thereby helping with early management and mitigation. This ultimately improves cocoa production while protecting the environment. Check it out here.
- We took a look at the online GIS resources for Cincinnati, OH, last month. This month, we’re heading over to Norman, Oklahoma, the third largest city in that state. We found an easy-to-navigate, resource-filled GIS website linked below for you to check out:
Norman, OK GIS Website
Norman, OK GIS Contacts – unavailable online
Norman, OK GIS Web App
Norman, OK GIS Map Collections – no PDFs for download
Norman, OK GIS Direct Downloads
Brock Adam McCarty