Geography News: September 18, 2019

This week’s geography news features learning how to be a climate detective, how fish larvae float across borders, and why native Caribbean fish love hurricanes.

EO Kids: “Cleaning Up Our Air”
Take a breath of fresh air. Learn how the air we breathe has become cleaner


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Climate Detectives school project back for second edition
The call for the 2019-2020 Climate Detectives school project edition is now open! For the second consecutive year, ESA is challenging teams of students aged between 8 and 15 years to ‘make a difference’: identify a local climate problem, investigate it by using satellite images, take measurements on the ground, and then propose a way to monitor or mitigate it.

Harnessing artificial intelligence for climate science
Over 700 Earth observation satellites are orbiting our planet, transmitting hundreds of terabytes of data to downlink stations every day. Processing and extracting useful information is a huge data challenge, with volumes rising quasi-exponentially.

Big storms with lots of flooding, like hurricanes Dorian and Maria, actually restore the Caribbean’s delicate balance between native and nonnative fish species, new research finds.
Water is crucial to the spread of malaria because mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs in or near bodies of water.
Fish can’t read maps, and their eggs and larvae drift across national boundaries. Recent research shows that local problems in one fishery can affect others across wide areas.