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AMS Short Course on GIS for Atmospheric Sciences

AMS Meeting 2016

If you're not attending Unidata's AMS Short Course on Data Management, you might be interested in the Short Course on GIS for Atmospheric Sciences being taught by instructors from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of North Carolina. Both Short Courses take place on Sunday, 10 January 2016, preceding the 96th AMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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GIS Tutorials for the Atmospheric Sciences

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The Geographic Information Systems program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) seeks to foster sharing of knowledge about the Earth system using GIS tools. The program encompasses a number of projects aimed at integrating natural and social sciences data in GIS, improving spatial the accuracy and usability of weather and climate models, and building capacity in the atmospheric science community.

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Using METOC Geospatial Intelligence in anti-Piracy Operations

Anti-Piracy Stoplight

Although piracy has been around since nations have engaged in maritime trade, the scale and focus of attacks in and around the Horn of Africa has attracted significant attention over the past few years. The publicity reached a peak in April 2009 following the seizure of the Maersk Alabama and the direct involvement of the US Navy in the release of the ship's Captain. The extent of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and waters adjacent to Somalia led to the formation of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151) to conduct anti-piracy operations.

As part of their task force activities, the Royal Australian Navy's Hydrography and METOC branch began to analyze whether any weather-dependent patterns could be identified in the timing and distribution of piracy attacks. The study commenced with accessing the NGA piracy database and overlaying the location of each attack on the long-term climate average for monthly mean significant wave height (a measure of the combined height of the locally wind driven sea and the underlying long wave swell).

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Google Earth Outreach Workshops

Earth

Google Earth Outreach is offering two workshops geared toward higher education institutions, focusing on tools that are useful for undergrad and grad-level teaching, coursework, and research in GIS and remote sensing. The workshops are intended for mapping and technology specialists looking to "collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud."

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