Focus on the Internet: Virtual Volcanology

The World Wide Web has become an exciting platform to share geoscience information with professional colleagues and the public.  In this Google Tech Talk from December 18, 2007 John E. Bailey, Alaska Volcano Observatory & Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks discuss his use of Google Earth to study volcanoes. Description from the site:

“Volcanoes are some of the most dynamic and visually spectacular natural features on the Earth’s surface. In Alaska, volcanoes are an intrinsic part of the landscape and culture, with over 70 volcanoes and volcanic fields that have been active in historic time. Monitoring of these volcanoes is undertaken by the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) using a suite of methods and tools in the fields of remote sensing, seismology, geodesy and geology that produce large volumes of geospatial data. The evolution in the capabilities of Google Earth and KML has provided a user-friendly interface and information-rich context in which these data can be displayed simultaneously and dynamically, offering new possibilities for communications with other scientists, emergency managers and the general public. I will present an overview of AVO’s operations, and demonstrate our, and the wider volcanological community’s use of Google Earth. ”

Other Google Tech Talks are here.

Published in: on June 13, 2008 at 5:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Focus on the Internet: The Long Term Ecological Research Program.

The use of the Internet by the Long Term Ecological Research Program was highlighted in Chapter 1 pages 19 – 25 of Earth Online 1e. LTER’s goals are:

  • Understanding: To understand a diverse array of ecosystems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
  • Synthesis: To create general knowledge through long-term, interdisciplinary research, synthesis of information, and development of theory.
  • Information: To inform the LTER and broader scientific community by creating well designed and well documented databases.
  • Legacies: To create a legacy of well-designed and documented long-term observations, experiments, and archives of samples and specimens for future generations.
  • Education: To promote training, teaching, and learning about long-term ecological research and the Earth’s ecosystems, and to educate a new generation of scientists.
  • Outreach: To reach out to the broader scientific community, natural resource managers, policymakers, and the general public by providing decision support, information, recommendations and the knowledge and capability to address complex environmental challenges. (Source: LTER Network

The LTER continues to do an excellent job of disseminating information and facilitating research and education via the Internet. The Long Term Ecological Research Network web site is:

[Top photo: Niwot Ridge Colorado LTER Site. Courtesy Michael Ritter]
[Bottom photo: Cedar Creek Minnesota LTER Site. Courtesy NSF – Source]

Published in: on August 29, 2006 at 5:38 am  Leave a Comment