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Predicting Climate Impacts on Infrastructure Aims at Preparedness

July 6, 2014 - in Uncategorized

Much attention has been paid to the likelihood of more drought, fires and floods as the planet warms, but the most significant impact on public infrastructure won't come from extreme weather events, Paul Chinowsky says. It will be the the change in what constitutes…

10,000 Gallons of Light Crude Sprays Los Angeles after Pipeline Breach

May 15, 2014 - in Energy, Maintenance

Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure…

Geodesign Summit Kicks Off its Fifth Year with a Promising Vision

January 29, 2014 - in Event Coverage, Modeling, Projects

Tom Fisher, dean of College of Design at the University of Minnesota, kicked off the fifth GeoDesign Summit on the Esri Campus in Redlands, Calif. this…

Chemical Spill in West Virginia Makes Water Toxic for 300,000 West Virginians

January 13, 2014 - in Feature, Featured, Water

A chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia contaminated the Elk River and the state's largest water treatment plant that supplies a nine-county area. The chemical that was spilled is 4-methylcycloheane methanol (MCHM), used in cleaning coal dust. The toxicity…

New Report Reveals Continuing Coastal Wetlands Losses in U.S.

November 21, 2013 - in Planning, Water

The United States is losing wetlands in coastal watersheds at a significant rate, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These wetlands are vital to the…

Hurricane Sandy’s Impact Measured by Millions of Flickr Pictures

November 5, 2013 - in Analysis, Emergency, Projects

A new study has discovered a striking connection between the number of pictures of Hurricane Sandy posted on Flickr and the atmospheric pressure in New Jersey as the hurricane crashed through the US state in 2012. Hurricane Sandy was the second-costliest hurricane…

Mapping the Cities to be Hit First by Climate Change

October 10, 2013 - in Analysis

Climate scientists sometimes talk about something called "climate departure" as a way of measuring when climate change has really changed things. It's the moment when average temperatures, either in a specific location or worldwide, become so impacted by climate…

The Edison Institute Explores the Disruptive Challenges Facing Retail Electric Businesses

September 23, 2013 - in Corporate, Electric Grid, Energy

The Edison Electric Institute recently released a report titled, Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business. Recent technological and economic changes are expected to challenge and transform…

New Technique to Assess the Cost of Major Flood Damage to be Unveiled at International Conference

September 5, 2013 - in Emergency, Projects

A new approach that can calculate the cost of damage caused by flooding is to be presented at the International Conference of Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe at the University of Exeter this week. The method combines information on land use…

URISA Announces 2013 Exemplary Systems in Government Award Winners

August 2, 2013 - in Announcement, Corporate

URISA is pleased to announce the recipients of 2013 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards. Since 1980, URISA’s ESIG Awards have recognized exceptional achievements in the application of information technology that have improved the delivery…