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Global is Personal: 4 Lessons About Climate Change Outreach from #DrownYourTown

#DrownYourTown, climate change, Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 3, 2014

Almost four months ago, I sat down at my computer with a puzzle to solve: is there an easy way to model sea level rise without using expensive GIS programs. I found that solution in Google Earth and, after a few days of experimenting and tweeking, #DrownYourTown was born. #DrownYourTown is a tool for exploring […]

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#DrownYourTown, climate change, Fleet, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science FictionNovember 1, 2013

One day, I’ll look back fondly and tell my grandkids about the week I spent flooding the planet. It began as a lark. For the past few months, I’ve been writing installments of a serialized science fiction novel about a world in which the oceans have risen nearly 80 meters and most of the human […]

#DrownYourTown: Exploring Sea Level Rise through real-time, interactive, GIS modeling

#DrownYourTown, climate change, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 16, 2013

UPDATE: These posts, and the hashtag are getting a lot of attention, so I’d like to reiterate, Caveat Tweetor (twitter beware) — these models are being generated on the fly as request come in. They are not validated and there are many variables that influence sea level rise which are not taken into account. This […]

Science in the Fleet: The Promise of Technology as a Panacea for Human Impacts

climate change, Fleet, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science Fiction, SustainabilityOctober 7, 2013

Today marks the release of Fleet: Wide Open, part 2 of my serial maritime science fiction adventure. With half the story revealed, we now see the roll technology plays in both the history and the day-to-day operations of the fleet. Specifically, we see three major technological advances that seem as though they would have been […]

Herring Wars: Quotas, Conflicts, and Climate Change in the North Atlantic

biology, climate change, Conservation, ecology, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Social ScienceJuly 25, 2013

A small collection of islands in the North Sea, a few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, is preparing for war. The European Union, under the auspices of an international fisheries management agreement, is ready to levy heavy trade sanctions against the Faroe Islands, an independent protectorate of Denmark. The Faroes, with a population […]

Meet Sea Leveler: the open source water level gauge that wants you to talk about #sealevelrise

climate change, Natural Science, ScienceMarch 26, 2013

Two weeks ago, a machine was left on the “free” table at my lab that surprised me–a beautiful stainless steel mechanical water level gauge, on of those old ones with a flywheel in the back that drives the mechanism. Seeing this made me realize that there must be thousands of old scientific devices rusting away […]

Understanding Sea Level Rise: Why a linear extrapolation is the least reasonable predictor of future changes

climate change, Conservation, Environmentalism, Natural Science, ScienceJune 14, 2012

The Division of Coastal Management shall be the only State agency authorized to develop rates of sea-level rise and shall do so only at the request of the Commission. These rates shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time period following the year 1900. Rates of sea-level […]

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