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Using GIS to Design Child-Friendly Cities

Using GIS, cities can design child-friendly pedestrian pathways that prioritize children’s interests and safety, promoting urban living and sustainability.

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physical geography

A satellite image of a section of Antartica with brown stains of Penguin guano.

Tracking Penguin Colonies Through Their Droppings

Researchers are using satellite imagery to map Antarctica’s penguin population and estimating their numbers based on the large guano stains left behind.

When Rivers Become Ice Roads

During the cold winter months, parts of Canada’s Mackenzie River become a ice road that trucks up to 22,000 pounds can navigate.

A view across forest covered mountains with a band of fog stretching just below the peak of the far mountain.

Will Cool Air Pooling Protect Some Forests from Climate Change?

Researchers looked at the link between cool air pooling and cold-adapted forest composition.

A photo looking up towards the sky of conifer trees on a blue sunny day.

Forecasting Phytoclimates 

Based on a study of 135,153 vascular plant species, scientists predict 33-68% of global land will undergo major phytoclimate changes by 2070.

Photo taken at an oblique angle from the International Space Station showing Sutter Buttes.

The World’s Smallest Mountain Range

Located about 55 miles north of Sacramento in Northern California, this small volcanic formation is known as “the world’s smallest mountain range.”

Human Geography

Photo of the Espada Acequia in San Antonio, Texas.

Acequias in the Southwest U.S.

In New Mexico and other Southwestern states, acequias are channels that are dug to divert water from snow runoff and rivers in order to irrigate fields.

A small brown bird holding a small caterpillar.

How Inequality Affects Urban Wildlife

More access to green space and mature trees in wealthier neighborhoods in the United States has also led to a greater diversity of wildlife in those areas.