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Water and Climate Change Talk at Gustavus: Feb 27

Dr. Jason Smerdon, Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, will present a talk titled “Drip, Drip, Drip: Water, Climate Change, and Tales of Want and Excess in the 21st Century” on Thursday, February 27, at 7:30 pm in Olin 103, Gustavus Adolphus College.

Frost depths in Minnesota recorded at up to nearly 8 feet deep

Anyone living in Minnesota right now knows just how cold this winter has been. The Minnesota DNR writes, “The winter of 2013-14 has been the coldest in years. So far the average temperature of Meteorological Winter (December-February 9) is 9.4 degrees. If similar extreme cold continues for the rest of February, the winter of 2013-14 […]

Release of Google Earth-viewable historical global temperature data

Here’s a new data resource that looks great for student research projects, classroom instruction, or simply to play with. The University of East Anglia has released a Google Earth-compatible data set of global temperatures based on 6000 weather stations and reaching as far back as 1850. Find the data here.

 

Arb Soup and Sandwich Seminar – Dr. Anna Versluis, Geography Department: Geo-engineering: Can we engineer our way out of climate change?

In the search for solutions to climate change concerns, Geo-engineering (also called “climate engineering”) has recently emerged as a potential solution (seeding the oceans with iron, for example).  Following a brief background on earth systems and climate change, we’ll talk about various proposals for geo-engineered solutions to climate change challenges, and look at what modern […]

Geography major John McLean is Gustavus Athlete of the Month. 

John McLean Named Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to junior Geography major and hockey goalie John McLean who was named Male Gustavus Athlete of the Month for January 2014. “Thanks in part to a red-hot goaltender who is seeing the puck now better than anytime this season, the Gustavus men’s hockey team is in first place in the conference standings with 32 […]

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Internship at dairy spurs interest in agriculture

During January, Junior Geography major Carlie Hedlund conducted an internship at the New Sweden Dairy, one of three Davis Family Dairies in Nicollet County, MN. Together, the dairies manage over 20,000 cows and calves and daily produce 570,000 gallons of milk that is made into 70,000 pounds of cheese. “I think a lot of people […]

Super Bowl LXVIII and the Geography of Fans

If you live in Seattle you’ll likely be cheering for the Seahawks, and if you live in Denver you’ll likely be rooting for the Broncos. But what if you live in Arco, Idaho, equidistant between Denver and Seattle? This New York Times journalist travels to Arco to find out Super Bowl loyalties.

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Will Metcalf is Wallenberg Scholar

Junior Geography major Will Metcalf is one of three Wallenberg Scholars from Gustavus who are working in Sweden this January. Will is working at Green Tech Park, a sustainable business park which works on regional and national sustainable development projects. In particular, Will is studying biogas technology in the private sector and renewable energy strategy […]

(Photo by Mohamed Malik, http://www.flickr.com/photos/malikdhadha/9833454933/in/photostream/) 

Climate and human migration

What does climate change mean for human migration? Will the world be overrun with climate refugees? Wilfrid Laurier University geographer Robert McLeman, the author of the recent book Climate and Human Migration, provides an interesting interview in the weekly news magazine Maclean’s. “People are already on the move, in the same way they’ve always responded […]

 

Geography Publication: Informal Material Aid & the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

My study of how friends and family provided material assistance to survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and how formal disaster aid groups might learn from these informal sector aid systems, is now available online (for free, for now) from the Overseas Development Institute. A summary of the study is below.   Formal and informal […]