Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tracking down New York Times Climate link

As can be seen by the frequency of my posts, I am not often motivated to write. But this morning I happened to be reading a New York Times article about a new science minister in Brazil. This sentence caught my eye:

But emissions jumped 7.8 percent in 2013, according to the Climate Observatory, a network of environmental organizations.

The link sent me to a Reuter's article which had a deeper discussion but no links. After some searching, I found Mongabay's reference to the Observatório do Clima (Climate Observatory). Long ago, I had "liked" Mongabay on Facebook and was happy to find the useful reference. The New York Times article was disappointing.

The document with the 7.8% increase in Brazilian emissions can be found at SEEG (13 january 2015). The link to the pdf document is called Climate Observatory Perspective at COP 20 and the filename is Presentation_SEEG_2.0_-_COP20_Side_Event.pdf. The 7.8% is located on slide 16 of the presentation.

Google Translate is very useful to navigate through the Portugese language of the Brazilian website. There are some nice interactive graphics to explore SEEG.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Waves on Titan

My thesis research was on the observation of how sunlight reflection from earth's ocean affected the albedo measurements from a satellite. During my studies, I had a discussion with Caitlin, another graduate student from the Earth and Space Sciences Department. I described to her the geometry conditions of the satellite scanner and the sun that were necessary to observe specular reflection from a liquid surface. She was interested in Titan. This article is not written by Caitlin but I was happy to read that these observations were made.

Waves on Titan

Friday, March 7, 2014

Morning perusal of Climate Etc.

It all started with Causes and implications of the pause, at Judith Curry's blog.
Some of the letter writers had interesting links which I followed, as best I could.

I found that I could sign up to read some of Nature's articles without paying. Thank you, Nature. I read  Reconciling warming trends by Gavin A. Schmidt,Drew T. Shindell, and Kostas Tsigaridis,
where this line in their conclusion reflects what I was thinking: "it is inherently unsatisfying to find model–data agreement only with the benefit of hindsight."
I have an interest in cloud properties and tried to find the link to the paper discussing Mt. Pinatubo's affects. I remember reading a paper by Rossow describing the affect on cloud reflection. I wonder if the conclusions of the paper have been changed. 

Some other links which I want to save:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Using Freemind to learn Openlayers 2

I have a bad memory and must always consult software manuals for information. Most manuals are page by page. The structure of OpenLayers software is more web-like in my opinion.

Via Flickr:
FreeMind mapping of OpenLayers Software.

Friday, February 7, 2014


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.