Professor Iain Hay (left) pictured with Professor Mike Meadows, from the University of Cape Town, at La Forêt Montmorency, the research forest of Université Laval, Canada, during a field trip associated with the Executive Committee meetings of the International Geographical Union last year. IGU Vice-President and Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Geography, Iain Hay, has [...]
The latest issue of Nature argues that a rural revival is needed globally to counter urbanization. The paper is co-authored by Professor Yansui Liu and Associate Professor Yuheng Li of the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professors Liu and Li are respectively chair and secretary of the [...]
Report about the OURSUS activities and debates in Beijing; and Plan for the near future. On 18 August OURSUS Chair Ton Dietz and OURSUS secretary Qiu Li participated in the jury of the poster competition of the iGEO Olympiad and selected the best posters out of 45 country posters highlighting one or more sustainable city [...]
Chinese glaciologist and climate scientist and IGU Vice-President Dr. Qin Dahe has been awarded this year’s Volvo Environment Prize. The award winner is a key contributor to the fifth assessment report from the UN climate panel (IPPC), whose first section, the “Physical Science Basis”, was released in September. He attracted wide attention last year with [...]
The next GLOBILITY COMMISSION conference, Rome September 23, will be broadcast on Streaming Live. The streaming will be from the following Sapienza University Web Site http://digilab.uniroma1.it/ You'll find the Globility Logo on the left side of the cover page which will take you to the live streaming local time in Rome on the morning of 23 September.
The call for nominations for positions on the International Geographical Union Executive Committee is now open The need for nominations and for the election that will be held at the 2012 IGU General Assembly in Cologne arises as a result of the completion of terms of office by several current members. The status of the [...]
A team of geographers led by Professor Yasuhiro Suzuki of Nagoya University mapped the tsunami front (red line) and the areas of severest damage (blue coloured) on 1:25,000 topographic maps, as you see at: http://danso.env.nagoya-u.ac.jp/20110311/map/index_e.html Provision of GIS-based maps is also underway.
Dear All, For many people in the world, the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Northeast Japan fortnight ago may be the incidence of the past. Even in Japan, articles on it occupy less and less space in newspapers day by day. However, I believe the situation is still very serious, or is becoming even more serious. Here [...]
An extract from Professor Koji Okumura's (Hiroshima University) report on the recent earthquake & tsunami: A M 9.0 (JMA: Japan Meteorology Agency) or Mw 8.9 (U.S. Geologcial Survey) gigantic earthquake occurred at 11:46 AM (JST) on March 11, 2011 on the interplate megathrust interface between Northeast Japan and Pacific Ocean. The seismogenic fault plane 500 km long [...]
Here is some information on a new book from Juan Paulo Ramírez, Ph.D. Faculty Geography and GIScience, University of Nebraska. Geography of Latin America: A Geographic Information Systems Approach depicts the most relevant human and physical features of Latin America. Environmental threats that some ecosystems are experiencing, including contentious issues such as illegal immigration and indigenous rights, are [...]