2017 GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

For the third year GBIF is running its Ebbe Nielsen Challenge. Developers and data scientists have three months to create and submit tools capable of liberating species records from open data repositories for scientific discovery and reuse. Here some more details:BackgroundThis year's Challenge will seek to leverage the growth of open data policies among scientific journals and research funders, which require researchers to make the data underlying their findings publicly available. Adoption of these policies represents an…

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Waterkeeper’s newest summer partnership with Ausmosis

Photo: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper We’re excited to announce our summer partnership with Ausmosis.If you’re at all familiar with the Lake Ontario social scene - it won’t surprise you to hear that the Lake is a hot spot for surfing  - year round! With so much time spent on the water, surfers are frequently the first to show their support - and lend a hand -  for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario. That’s just the…

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Machine learning meets seismic interpretation

Agile has been reverberating inside the machine learning echo chamber this past week at EAGE. The hackathon's theme was machine learning, Monday's workshop was all about machine learning. And Matt was also supposed to be co-chairing the session on Applications of machine learning for seismic interpretation with Victor Aare of Schlumberger, but thanks to a power-cut and subsequent rescheduling, he found himself double-booked so, lucky me, he invited me to sit in his stead. Here are my…

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Improving Assessment and Management of Cumulative Environmental Effects

Courtesy of Travel Alberta As visibility of the environmental effects of human activity increases so does the desire to understand their potential impact. Cumulative Effects Assessments (CEAs), “the process of systematically assessing impacts resulting from incremental, accumulating, and interacting stressors over space and time” (1) are an avenue for gaining this understanding. While CEAs have limited ability to identify the effect of any individual action when separated out from the whole, they are overall a…

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Water Is…

“A sumptuous collection of treasures…from the basics of matter itself to the social and spiritual aspects of this substance, which touches our lives so much and is still not really understood.” —Dr. B. Kröplin and Regine C. Henschel, “World in a Drop”, Germany       Dr, Bernd Kröplin was professor and director of the Institute for Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Constructions at the University of Stuttgart from 1988 to 2010.  He and his team designed…

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Social-Ecological Sustainability in Alaska and Global Change

A geologist from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) conducting field work in Alaska Global climate change has a significant impact on the ecology of our planet and human society. This issue has prompted Dr. Chapin to ask whether it is possible to sustain the benefits of social-ecological systems such as economic growth from resource extraction, and traditional identities and cultures in a world where such drastic and large-scale changes are occurring. He concludes that…

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