Mapping the Dead Zones

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The World Resources Institute and the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences have teamed to create an interactive map of eutrophication and hypoxia in the world’s coastal areas. There are 530 areas identified as suffering from low oxygen – that’s hypoxia – and 228 more suffering eutrophication, or excessive fertilization, usually from run-off. Identifying problem spots is job one for anyone hoping to slow, stop or reverse these sorts of marine declines. Tags:#Location#NYT#web Added together, the affected areas total 95,000 square miles, the size of our founding editor‘s homeland. Unsurprisingly, the biggest dead zone is at the mouth of the Mississippi and covers 8,500 square miles, the size of New Jersey. (There’s a joke there. I’m not up to it.)The last several years have seen a real upsurge in the mapping our natural and social resource concerns. Although the things the scientists and citizens have been mapping are discouraging, the fact they are recording, visualizing and sharing them leaves room for hope. Mindy Selman, senior water quality analyst at WRI, agrees. “Until now, a lack of information and monitoring has been a major impediment to understanding the extent and impacts of ‘dead zones’ and eutrophication in coastal ecosystems. This website is an important step forward because it compiles the current information into a central location to raise awareness and offer solutions for controlling nutrient pollution.”A 2007 study by the World Resources Institute indicated the largest impediment to fixing dead zones was lack of public awareness. Its administrators hope this project helps to address that lack. But they also hope the project, as befits the online media it employs, will act to gather missing information from lay-readers and scientific professionals alike globally. So take a look. If they’re missing something, speak up. The interactive map is only one aspect of the website, which is being described as a “‘one-stop shop’ that provides a global database and interactive map of affected areas, as well as links to articles, photos, and other resources.”The site also provides tools, like catchment and nitrogen calculators; a resource library of articles and websites; and a map-keyed regional resource listing. I hope they provide a larger format map, as the one on the site, though navigable, is a bit close. It might also be interesting to consider releasing an API of the project to see what independent scientists, conservation groups and citizens could add to it. Read ReadWriteWeb coverage of mapping the economic and legal effects of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico and other geolocation issues. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Defending champ San Miguel stops top seed Phoenix to get 1-0 lead in PBA semis

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ PBA semis: June Mar Fajardo hits face on floor in hard fall DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Fortunately for the Beermen, their perimeter shooting clicked with Alex Cabagnot leading the way with 26 points on 5-of-7 shooting from long range.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Fuel Masters got a cruel reminder who’s boss.The Beermen proved why they’re primed for a fifth straight all-Filipino title after steamrolling Phoenix, 100-88, in their semis opener Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSan Miguel built a 22-point lead before repelling repeated rallies by Phoenix in the fourth quarter even with its superstar center June Mar Fajardo having a subpar outing.The reigning five-time MVP also got shaken up after hitting his face hard on the floor late in the second quarter. He started the second half before fouling out with still over three minutes left in the game to finish with just nine points and nine rebounds. MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix entered the Philippine Cup semifinals raring to show they are legitimate contenders to the throne, which has belonged to San Miguel Beer for the longest time.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

First Cyber SAFE Certified Ships Delivered

first_imgzoom The first ships to be classed with Lloyd’s Register’s cyber notations have been delivered to Global United Gas Carriers in Korea.Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries, in collaboration with Alpha Ori Technology, the ships have been awarded the notation Cyber (AL-SAFE) certifying the autonomous systems onboard as safe.The SMARTShip technology was installed on board Global United Gas Carriers’ new vessel, the Trammo Dietlin.Lloyd’s Register said that this is the first real example of the digital transformation in shipping – the ships will operate in an autonomous mode for selected functions using cutting edge digital technology. The new cyber-enabled features allow crew to operate ships more efficiently. This is also the first example of a ship certified to stream data into a big data platform.The autonomous systems were enabled by Alpha Ori Technology with the purpose of several systems being able to operate with a level of automation onboard three vessels to varying degrees. The aim was to minimise human error and make the operation of ships systems safe and more efficient when running in autonomous mode.Elements of the navigation, cargo and machinery systems have been certified AL2, which means that systems provide on and off-ship decision support for operators. This provides operators and shore-based support staff with instant access to operating data from these systems for monitoring and diagnostics through the cloud, with which they can make more informed decisions and respond to issues faster and more efficiently.The Air Handling Unit has been certified AL3 which means that systems that operate autonomously, but with an active human ‘in-the-loop’. The system continuously monitors operational information from fire and gas systems, cargo systems and navigational positioning systems and then uses this information to automatically adjust the unit’s operating parameters to maintain a safe and comfortable environment within the accommodation space.“From this point, the degree of autonomy on cyber-enabled ships will only grow and comprise more and more functions and reach higher and higher levels, and thanks to LR’s procedures this will be achieved safely,” Nick Brown, LR’s Marine & Offshore Director, said.last_img read more

TanzanianFlagged Tanker Sanctioned by UN

first_imgzoom The United Nation Security Council’s Committee on Libya has added an oil product tanker Capricorn to its list of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze. The Tanzanian-flagged vessel Capricorn (IMO: 8900878) was listed on 21 July 2017, on the grounds of “illegal” transportation of gasoil, a refined petroleum product.The product was “illicitly exported from Libya” based on information received from the country’s government, the UN said.Due to the sanctioning, the small clean tanker has been prohibited to load, transport or discharge cargo, and has been barred from entering any ports.According to the committee, the designation is valid from 21 July to 21 October 2017.As of 16 July 2017, the vessel was located offshore Cyprus.The 4,400 DWT tanker, built in 1989 is owned by UAE-based Etihad, according to the data provided by VesselsValue. The ship is valued at USD 1.03 million.The company has eight oil tankers in its fleet.last_img read more