Landsat satellites provide us with the longest continuous record of remotely sensed earth images. Today NASA and the USGS launched what will be Landsat 8 (if all goes well after a test run of three months). The satellite carries two sensors, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS), which will carry on the [...]
The Department of Geography is pleased to announce their 2013 photo contest. The contest is open to any current student, faculty, or staff at Gustavus Adolphus College. This year, the photo contest will include three categories (natural landscapes, cultural landscapes, and people’s choice). Each entry will consist of an entry form and a single image [...]
From The Detroit News, Feb. 1, 2013, by Jim Lynch: Lake Michigan and Lake Huron water levels are at all-time lows of 576.02 feet above sea level, beating the former low from 1964. “Gov. Rick Snyder next week is expected to announce emergency action to help dredge harbors in Michigan because the state counts on [...]
Linnaeus Arboretum Soup and Sandwich Seminar Series Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Bob Douglas — “Log Buildings and Cultural Heritage” Lunch provided at 11:30, speaker at 12:00. Arboretum Interpretive Center To what extent do our buildings reflect who we are? Bob Douglas, Gustavus Geography Emeritus Professor, leads us on an examination of pioneer log buildings [...]
The Department of Geography at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN, is the recipient of a major endowment gifted by Dr. Mary T. Dooley, Professor Emerita of Geography. The endowment will provide student scholarships and research expenses as well as build the collection of the University Map Library. For more information and to learn more [...]
This year’s Building Bridges Conference is titled “Sentenced For Life: Confronting the Calamity of Mass Incarceration” and is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Gustavus. Check out the the schedule and purchase tickets (free for students) at the conference website: https://gustavus.edu/diversity/buildingbridges/. Geography major Jasmine Porter is co-chairing the conference along with Rebecca Eastwood. Go, Jasmine!
Geography Professor Mark Bjelland has published a comparative book review of Justice and the American Metropolis and Searching for the Just City: Debates in Urban Theory and Practice. The review appears in the October 2012 edition of the Journal of Regional Science.
The advent of multi-touch displays, such as those found in iPads, has radically transformed the way we interface with spatial data. But as David Daw of PC World suggested, they are just “way too square”. For geographers, the idea of forcing a round (oblate) world onto a flat surface is nothing new. However, after centuries [...]
This month marks the third-year anniversary of the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake. Ben and Alexi, two Americans living in Haiti since 2008, have a great blogpost highlighting the progress (and lack thereof) since the 2010 earthquake. They include links showing how U.S. government money was spent and a runner’s tour of post-earthquake Port-au-Prince.
Widely-read author, speaker, and environmental activist Bill McKibben tweets today “Divestment comes to Minnesota–real thanks to students at Gustavus!” A group of Gustavus students is taking up McKibben’s challenge (see 350.org) for college campuses to divest from companies dealing in fossil fuels. For more information, see this January 18, 2013 article in the Gustavian Weekly.