EOS Earth and Space Science News – October 2019

The EOS Earth and Space Sciences News magazine for October 2019 is now available for perusal. Published by the American Geophysical Union this issue discusses topics such as aquifers, groundwater systems, climate change, chemical releases, warming of streams, and other relevant AGU news.

Earth & Space Sciences News - October 2019
Earth & Space Sciences News – October 2019

Persons wishing to view this issue can either email me or visit me at my desk.

Earth & Space Science News May 2019

In this issue of EOS Earth & Space Science News magazine (Vol. 100 No. 5) , topics highlighted include the devastating effects of ocean warming in the Gulf of Maine, ocean science and how the use of technology and modeling capabilities can improve one’s understanding of the ocean’s ecosystem,  tsunami preparedness and the development of risk reduction programmes for the Caribbean region, as well as, identifying uncertainties in climate models and meteorological culprits of strange and deadly floods.

EOS Earth and Space Science News May 2019
Cover of Earth and Space Science News May 2019

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Water Well Journal – May 2019

We have just received our digital copy of the Water Well Journal (Volume 73 No. 5) for May 2019. In this issue topics highlighted include water quality and nitrates, aerial imaging and groundwater, irrigation and variable frequency drives, orientation for new workers, as well as,  featured products and upcoming events.

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Cover of Water Well Journal for May, 2019

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Half of the World’s Annual Precipitation Falls in Just 12 Days

According to a recent news article released as a press release by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) it has been noted that half of the world’s annual precipitation falls in just twelve days according to global weather stations.

Notably, in light of climate change such precipitation may even be changed further to occur in just eleven days, amplifying flooding and its associated damages.

You can click on the following link to read details of the news article as reported by the Earth and Space Science News Half of the World’s Annual Precipitation Falls in Just 12 Days

You can also read a related article from Nature – The International Journal of Science, which also highlights the annual precipitation as well, on “Why extreme rains are gaining strength as the climate warms”

El Salvador’s Looming Water Crisis

Recently news stories highlighted the plight of Cape Town and “Day Zero” with their taps expected to run dry in April 2018. Fortunately, due to reservoir levels rising consistently and adequate water restrictions in place that day is not expected for any time in 2018 or 2019.

Yet, one country which is currently experiencing issues with their water supply is El Salvador, namely in rural villages such as Cabanas, and the municipality of Nejapa, as well as, poor neighborhoods in the capital of San Salvador.

Thus, with contaminated surface water supply, depleted groundwater reserves and the effects of climate change many are expected to be affected by a lack of potable water.

To read more about El Salvador’s water issues and some of the actions that are expected to take place you can read the National Geographic article by Heather Gies by clicking on the following link Once lush, El Salvador is dangerously close to running dry

 

Earth, Space and Science News – February 2018

The latest issue of the EOS Earth & Space Science News magazine published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) is now available for perusal.

This issue presents information on topics such as climate change forecasting, modeling Beijing’s water crisis, changing rainfall patterns, Alaskan earthquakes, warmer Arctic temperatures, coastal zone change, geophysical maps and more relevant American Geophysical Union (AGU) news.

Earth & Space Science News February, 2018
Cover of Earth & Space Science News Magazine for February, 2018

Persons wishing to view this issue can email me or check me at my desk.

Sponge Cities

In this latest article from Janice Kaspersen, from the Stormwater magazine, by Forester Network, one gets a look at “China’s sponge cities” and how they choose to rectify their water related problems of stormwater runoff and flooding.

You may have read recently about China’s “sponge cities.” They’re an approach to what we commonly call green infrastructure—an attempt to reduce flooding and infiltrate stormwater runoff in some of the areas most affected by rapid urbanization. China has spent $12 billion so far—with federal and local governments and private developers all contributing—in about 30 different cities to install measures such as permeable pavements, bioswales, green roofs, and wetlands.

Flooding has become a deadly problem in China, especially in major cities. As this Economist article notes, the country’s urban land has more than doubled in the last 20 years, and cities sometimes expand right into the floodplains. “All this is exacerbated by China’s often impetuous approach to urban planning,” the article continues. “When the planners in charge of Beijing designed its roads a few decades ago, for example, sunken underpasses were chosen over elevated interchanges for the reason that they seemed more appealing visually, as well as being cheaper to build. They have also, as it turns out, become a particular source of sodden misery. Beijing has 149 such underpasses in its urban districts. With inadequate drains and pumps, even a single heavy rain can turn them into swimming pools, bringing traffic to a halt in the process.”

One can view the rest of the article here.