Posted on May 4th, 2021

Apollo News Snippets – May 2021

The March 2021 temperature departure map has a whole lot of red but not the deep reds for record temperatures we are used to seeing across the planet. Some record warmth can be seen in central and eastern Asia while there were cooler temperatures in Alaska, Australia and northern Asia.
  • May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity, a crucial holiday given the rapidly deteriorating environment which sustains life on our planet. In honor of this holiday, our Google search of the month was, “GIS and biological diversity,” which yields a huge list of research on the topic. This thesis by Christina Chiappetta of the SUNY Albany encapsulates the research on the topic nicely as it brings together multiple GIS datasets, including Lidar topographic data and stormwater polygons, to help urban planners understand biodiversity in city settings. The research achieves this by expanding the scale of analysis beyond a watershed to a merged stormwatershed which covers a larger geography and deals with larger volumes of water inputs.

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