On yer bike!

img_0548Professor Coxon (seen here on the left )shows how its done!

In support of the fundraising efforts underway in Geology, Professor Pete Coxon joined the cycling team (only 1,700 km to go….).

To support this effort see details here: https://planetgeogblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/cycle-the-andes-challenge/

 

 

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Reblogged: Use of Google Earth finds Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory

Real interesting video and report from the Guardian this week. Using Google Earth imagery over time, blogger Brown Moses has been able to trace the trajectory of rockets using the craters they left. The trajectory showed a possible location of a launch site in Russia. Examining the marking on the ground at the possible launch site, they were even able to suggest what were the exact launch vehicles. Combined with videos of the smoke in the area taken from social media, it poses some compelling evidence that the attack was launched from Russian territory.

Watch the video here:

Read the article here: Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory, says study

Earth: Global Weather Conditions

If you are as nerdy as me, instead of reading weather forecasts you go directly to the source of information to get weather updates. Straight to Met.ie to look at the satellite images before you make a decision on whether to wear a rain jacket or not on that night out (and yes I am that nerdy).

However, I have recently started checking a new source for my weather updates. Earth is an interactive map of global weather conditions. Forecast by supercomputers, and updated every three hours, Earth visualizes Air and Ocean conditions across the globe. With the ability to easily see conditions such as wind speed, temperature, humidity, along with preciptiable and cloud water allows for an interactive and fun way of finding out what the weather will be like. So have a look, but beware of loosing hours examining current weather conditions on the planet.

Earth: an interactive map of global weather conditions

Comparison of Earth and Met.ie (Visual Satellite Imagery) from 12:00 on the 12th of Feb 2014
Comparison of Earth and Met.ie (Visual Satellite Imagery) from 12:00 on the 12th of Feb 2014

Reblogged: The Ebola Outbreak – Is Africa Really Rising?

In late November, Padraig Carmody from TCD Geography discussed the Ebola outbreak with Trinity News and Events.

In this interview, Padraig talks about how the outbreak of the disease fits in with reports about Africa now being the fastest growing continental economy globally. In discussing “Africa Rising”, Padraig states that “Africa is said to be “rising”. However, Liberia has a mere 90 doctors and Sierra Leone is reported to have around 120. Sierra Leone has one of the world’s fastest growing economies…. yet its per capita income is only around US $680 a year. There are a few points to take away from this: 1) Growth has been largely driven by mineral exports and, consequently, it has not been sufficiently inclusionary, and 2) it is relatively easy to grow an economy quickly when you begin from a lowly base.”

Padraig also discusses how growth rates experienced are often highly unequally distributed, “So, is the “Africa Rising” discourse really justified? Who is the continent rising for, and what is it rising towards? And, what does the ebola outbreak tell us about this narrative? Will the “market” solve the challenge of African development?”

To read the full article, click here.