- Are you ready for your early summer review of technology advances? Well, even if you aren’t here we go 😊
Aluminum shown to be effective in low-cost rechargeable batteries.
Technology advances in abundant calcium-based batteries.
New technology could bring cheap, clean drinking water to the world.
Commercially-viable catalyst created to convert carbon dioxide.
Bacteria helps to make swine farming more sustainable.
Seaweed farming can reduce nutrients in our oceans.
Vertical wind turbines have synergistic impacts on each other.
Heat emitted from humans can power LED lights.
New technique to recycle batteries.
- If you read this monthly piece regularly you will not be shocked to find out that the April 2021 NOAA global climate report confirmed that indeed it was a warm month! How warm was it? Well to be fair it was the lowest departure since April 2013 at some 1.42°F (0.79°C) above the 20th Century global average. This marked the 45th consecutive April and the 436th consecutive month above this average – with the last month falling below the average all the way back in December 1984.
- Did you know that June 20th is International Surfing Day? Well, I certainly didn’t but either way in honor of this fun holiday, my Google search of the month was, “GIS and surfing.” And wouldn’t you know it, we actually found a paper on the topic by Samuel Wilson of Penn State University. In his Master’s thesis, Wilson uses GIS along with a plethora of natural resource and cultural data layers to determine the best locations in Delaware to install artificial surf reefs to support the growing sport.
- Last month we found ourselves in the most northern reaches of the United States with a review of Juneau, Alaska’s online GIS resources; and for June we travel to one of the warmest states in the union to review the third largest city’s same resources, Mesa, Arizona:
Mesa, AZ GIS Website (no true landing page listed on the city website)
Mesa, AZ GIS Contacts (seems to be the most likely office to house the GIS folks, check the top left)
Mesa, AZ GIS Web Map
Mesa, AZ GIS Map Collections
Mesa, AZ GIS Direct Downloads
Brock Adam McCarty