November 2009

Nov 18, 2009Evaluating Mangroves After the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

During the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, more than 200,000 people lost their lives. Some coastal communities were shielded from the waves’ destruction by mangrove forests, which motivated efforts to protect and restore them.As a [...]

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Nov 18, 2009How Wetlands and Rice Paddies Affect the Spread of Bird Flu

In the mid-1990s, highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) emerged in southern China. Severe outbreaks in the winter of 2005-2006 spread the virus, designated H5N1, across Asia, Europe, and Africa, killing hundreds of people, thousands of [...]

Nov 12, 2009Landsat Enables Remote Detection of Dangerous Water Pollutants

A young Ohio business, Blue Water Satellite, Inc., is using Landsat 5 and 7 data to detect potentially harmful pollutants in water bodies across the U.S. used for recreation and for drinking water supplies. Using Landsat and algorithms developed [...]