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Still… imag(in)ing a world without trees

Trees lost from familiar works of art… still one of my most popular blog posts after more than three years. It certainly generated more interest than anything I ever did in my research career! My excuse for re-blogging it is Marina Galperina’s animated GIFs that now give me the chance to revisit these visualisations through their … Continue reading

Where trees and people live

This is a follow on post from an earlier one called “The forest as a lived environment”.   One of my highlights of 2014 was getting my complimentary copy of Bill Liao’s book, “Forests: Reasons to be hopeful“.  As well as offering some advice on the scientific content of a few of the figures, I also … Continue reading

An extract from my eBook: “Chapter 4: Two things that gives remote sensing a bad name”

Here is an extract from my recent eBook, Thirteen Short Chapters on Remote Sensing.  It is the first part of “Chapter 4: Two things that can give remote sensing a bad name”.  I thought it contentious enough to post as a blog entry to generate a bit of discussion.   It also links back to previous … Continue reading

Origami Carbon Cycle Infographic

OK, strictly speaking it’s not origami, since there are no folds, but here is a visualisation of the global carbon cycle using a paper cut-outs motif.   Forests and the carbon cycle are strongly linked since they do most of the photosynthesis that takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.  They also respire, and their … Continue reading

How high is an Earth observing satellite? (infographic)

I just created this infographic to help my students get a handle on the scales involved when dealing with Earth observation satellites, as well as linking this to the structure of the atmosphere. It’s different from the usual structure of the atmosphere diagrams as it’s focused on Earth observation, and since it is a scalable … Continue reading

Six good things about petrol

I hate petrol [1]. As a fossil fuel its combustion contributes CO2 to the atmosphere, and so contributes to climate change. The particulates it emits on combustion contribute to inner-city pollution. Its extraction around the world is a dirty process, despite some half-hearted efforts to convince us otherwise. And the global appetite for oil-based fuels … Continue reading

Mr Trump has trouble with wind

Last year it was the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Phillip). He described wind farms as “disgraceful”, that people who support them believe in a “fairy tale”, that they relied on government subsidies to survive and that they served “no useful purpose”…. I remember at the time laughing at the irony of this statement coming a … Continue reading

Whose responsibility is the future? ( or, Who’s avoiding the Climate Crunch?)

“Enjoy this magnificent stadium, Lisa, because you and Bart and your children will be paying for this long after the team have moved on to some other city.” – Homer Simpson. Climate change and the credit crunch share something in common – they are both about spending the future. Otherwise know as “credit”. Some would … Continue reading

Forests or food?

On the outskirts of a forest reserve in northern Malawi, local rural communities cut down trees. They know trees are important. They know that its probably a bad thing to cut down the trees.  But the trees appear abundant and the wood is important — for cooking, for warmth, or to sell to others to … Continue reading

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