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Posted on September 12th, 2023

Apollo News Snippets – September 2023

The NOAA extreme weather map for July 2023 shows below average sea ice extents in both the Arctic and Antarctic Seas. The Arctic ice extent was the 12th smallest on record, and the Antarctic Sea ice extent set a record low. Hurricane Don became the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, lasting a full 10 days. (Credit: NOAA’s State of the Climate Reports)
  • The July 2023 NOAA Global Climate Report has been released and the trends for the month are, to be honest, a bit scary. The July 2023 average global surface temperature ranked the highest on record since 1850. Many countries, including the Caribbean, South America, Peru, and Tasmania experienced their warmest July on record. South America experienced its highest monthly temperature anomaly (nearly +4 degrees Fahrenheit) of any month ever recorded. For the fourth consecutive month, global ocean surface temperatures set a record high. In fact, the waters were so warm they set a monthly sea temperature anomaly record (+1.78 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Ahoy Mateys!! Did you know that September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day? Our piece this month is a bit different than usual, as we’re not focusing on one specific article. Rather, we’re checking out a website that’s a treasure map to a collection of interesting articles. Our Google search of the month was “Pirates and GIS”, and it led us to discover the Davey Jones’s Locker website – a real internet treasure chest. Davey Jones’s Locker was originally a physical laboratory space run by Dr. Dawn Wright (aka Deepsea Dawn) of Oregon State University from 1998 to 2013. The lab focused on marine and coastal GIS projects. Today, although the physical lab has shut down, the site remains active. It provides a plethora of intellectual booty for curious individuals, namely links to lots of different scholarly publications (both books and articles) about the oceans and GIS. We particularly enjoyed An Inspiring Journey to Map the Deepest Part of the Ocean, which was published by ArcNews in the fall of 2022. In the piece, Dr. Wright shares about her journey to the Challenger Deep – the deepest part of the Marina Trench – and how she helped collect data to create maps of these sections of the ocean. Drop anchor at Davey Jones’s Locker and get lost in the depths of marine GIS knowledge!

Anne Choquette
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