EOS – Earth and Space Science News – December 2019

The digital copy of the EOS Earth & Space Science News magazine (Volume 98 Issue 12) for December 2019, from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), is now available for perusal.

Topics discussed in this issue include geodata; geologic risks, forced displacement and natural disasters; machine learning and fault behaviour; citizen science; deep carbon; climate sensitivity; “living bridge” monitors the environment and other related AGU news.

EOS Earth & Space Science News - December 2019
EOS Earth & Space Science News – December 2019

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


Advancing Climate Science and Response for Caribbean Islands

With climate change expected to impact the Caribbean, in terms of extreme weather conditions,  researchers at the last Climate Modellers Meeting Consortium, in the areas of climate dynamics and modeling, meteorology, water, among others, hope to make strides in the field of climate science using data produced within the region.

One can click on the following link below to get details from an article published by Kimberly A. Stephenson, Tannecia S. Stephenson and Abel Centella-Artola on 25 January, 2019 in the Earth and Space Science News Magazine (EOS 100)


Source: Advancing Climate Science and Response for Caribbean Islands

Chemical Movement

Persons working in water utilities have always warned about the harm that fertilizers and insecticides can pose to water sources, especially when it comes to contaminating surface and ground water sources that contribute to the potable water supply.

In a recent article by Janice Kaspersen, published in the Erosion Control magazine 8 October, 2018, she highlights new research that precisely predicts the movement of such chemicals in soils, in an affordable and effective way that may one they be used on a large scale.

To read the full article and comment one can click on the following link Where Does It All Go?

A Closer Look at Turbulent Transport in Gravel Streambeds

A recent post by Sarah Stanley, published in the EOS Earth, Space and Science News magazine online, highlights a research article from the Water Resources Research Journal, which focuses on the influence of turbulence on the exchange of nutrients within gravel streambeds.

One can click on the link below to get further details on the research article by Roche et al.


Source: A Closer Look at Turbulent Transport in Gravel Streambeds

Phosphorus Pollution Reaching Dangerous Levels Worldwide

Humans are often the culprits of major polluters such as industrial , agricultural and domestic waste that fills the major water sources around the world. One such source of pollution is phosphorous pollution that scientists have determined to be reaching dangerous levels worldwide. Read the article below (which was issued as a press release by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) on 25th January, 2018), to get an idea about this growing issue and find out whether the earth would be able to cope.


Source: Phosphorus Pollution Reaching Dangerous Levels Worldwide

Open Access and You

Open Access simply means access to all. However, just because authors provide publishers with the access to their work, does not mean that those works are available for free in all cases. In most cases, one would either have to be a member of the site offering open access documents or at least have to pay a minimal fee to have full access to the relevant information.

However, open access still allows persons to see what’s out there in terms of academic, scientific and peer-reviewed information, thus, making their research easier, in that, they would know what is available for a particular study.

Although, our company does not have access to any one particular repository or subscription provider in terms of online access to journal articles and even e-books, there are avenues that those with the required resources can use to find information to assist in their research. Thus, if you have a personal credit card and are able to pay those minimal fees for open access, or even if you are lucky to come across articles  that are ‘self-archived’ and offered for free there are certain tools available in the form of websites to help you.

These tools include:

  1. Directory of Open Access Journals which allows the visibility  and ease of use for scientific and scholarly journals.
  2. Directory of Open Access Books where one can view information about open access books, read abstracts, purchase books and even in some case have free access to digital copies of the books.
  3. OpenDOAR – Directory of Open Access Repositories which is an authoritative directory on open access repositories, informing persons about open access repositories, their contents and even their statistics.

I do hope that such tools assist members of staff positively in their search for scholarly information and allow them to produce work of the best quality. Happy reading 🙂

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Research Symposium

So the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Research Symposium hosted by the IWRM Stakeholder Forum is quickly approaching, and I must say I am very much excited with the whole affair. 🙂

Not only will our staff members, who are presenting get a chance to have an opportunity for information sharing, we will also get an opportunity to learn from the other organizations who will be participating.

So people don’t forget to register your attendance, since topics such as hydrology, meteorology, water and environment,  water quality, health, water supply, water and land and governance will be discussed.

For more information on the symposium, as well as, to register your attendance please click on the link below:

Integrated Water Resources Management Research Symposium

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