Dept. of Geography News & Events this Week - 7/29/14


July 29, 2014
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Sunrise in Japan


Land of the rising sun

Amanda Young is settled in Japan to conduct fieldwork this summer. The image above is from her blog, U Betula, where you can follow her adventures and research examining the treeline ecotone.


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Evan Gover, a summer intern at National Geographic Education, writes about his experiences as a student studying abroad with the Parks and People program: “That trip to South Africa ended up being one of the most experiential and introspective experiences of my life.”


NASA funds study of changing climate, land use on Chesapeake and Delaware Bays
Responding to the impact that a growing population and changing land use have had on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays over the past 60 years is the focus of a research project led by Penn State and supported by a $1.4 million grant from NASA.
Recently Published
Tree-ring δ 13C tracks flux tower ecosystem productivity estimates in a NE temperate forest
By Soumaya Belmecheri, R Stockton Maxwell, Alan H Taylor, Kenneth J Davis, Katherine H Freeman, and William J Munger
In Environmental Research Letters, Volume 9, Number 7
We investigated relationships between tree-ring δ13C and growth, and flux tower estimates of gross primary productivity (GPP) at Harvard Forest from 1992 to 2010.
Exploring regional variation in spatial language using spatially-stratified web-sampled route direction documents
By Sen Xua, Alexander Klippela, Alan MacEachrena & Prasenjit Mitrabc
In Spatial Cognition & Computation: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Spatial language, such as route directions, can be analyzed to shed light on how humans communicate and conceptualize spatial knowledge.
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