Pontus Olofsson, Eric Bullock, and Curtis Woodcock lead session on map accuracy and area estimation at Google Earth Engine User Summit in Dublin
A team of E&E remote sensors recently presented at the Google Earth Engine User Summit in Dublin. Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson, Professor Curtis Woodcock, and PhD candidate Eric Bullock are seeking to rectify classification errors in remote sensing-based maps that may introduce severe bias in mapped areas of land cover and land cover change. The summit is designed for mapping and technology specialists, researchers, and instructors who are actively working on projects or teaching courses related to remote sensing or mapping.
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On Monday, June 18, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra will join the Boston City Council in a special hearing to discuss and assess the amount and quality of tree covering in the city. The hearing comes on the heels of Boston Globe coverage: “While Boston has challenges that some other cities lack, such as densely populated neighborhoods and limited amounts of open space, its tree canopy lags behind most other cities.”
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Since 2010 environmental conference organizer Jen Boudrie has brought hundreds of people together at the premiere event in Massachusetts for environmental experts, professionals, activists, officials and academics. At this year’s conference in Plymouth Harbor, three BU students presented their work in the class Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532). Samantha Morton researched how to promote the retention of trees for state conservation officials, and with others provided a review of the scientific literature on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi presented her project for the Boston Public Health Commission, investigating whether health providers understand that some of the symptoms they see might be caused by toxic exposures, and with Katharina Voehler explained the work their team performed for the City of Boston on Community Choice Aggregation – bulk purchasing of energy for residents that can be used to promote cleaner energy (and local generation of cleaner energy). Instructor Rick Reibstein also presented at the conference on the history and future of clean water, including water quality data analyses that Alex Kerr and Michael Silano conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
If you’re thinking about environmental issues and wondering how you can make a difference, come hear some interesting examples from students in the directed study course Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532).
Thursday, April 26th
Pizza will be served.
- The MA Department of Environmental Protection think about different ways to ANALYZE WATER QUALITY DATA TO DISCERN TRENDS
- Staff of the relevant legislative committees to SEE THE VALUE IN USING COMMUNITY SOLAR FOR WASTE SITE CLEANUP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE NEIGHBORHOODS AND TO PROVIDE SOLAR IN LOW INCOME AREAS
- Conduct a PUBLIC CONVERSATION ON WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING
- The Boston Public Health Commission consider HOW TO RAISE THE AWARENESS OF MEDICAL PROVIDERS CONCERNING EXPOSURE TO TOXICS AS A POTENTIAL CAUSE OF THE SYMPTOMS THEY IDENTIFY
For further information contact Rick Reibstein at email@example.com.
Please join the BU Marine Program for our annual Lang Lecture. This year Stephen Palumbi will speak about climate change adaptations among marine organisms.
Climate Change Adaptations of Wild Populations from Corals to Fish: The Power of Deep Genomics
April 19, 6:00 PM
BU Law Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Ave.
Steve Palumbi is the Director of Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, Professor in Marine Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Steve has long been fascinated by how quickly the world around us changes. Work on the genomics of marine organisms tries to focus on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to questions about how to preserve and protect the diverse life in the sea. Steve has lectured extensively on human-induced evolutionary change, has used genetic detective work to identify whales, seahorses, rockfish and sharks for sale in retail markets, and is developing genomic methods to help find ocean species resistant to climate change. Work on corals in American Samoa has identified populations more resilient to heat stress. Work at the Hopkins Marine Station focuses on how sea urchins, abalone and mussels respond to short term environmental changes and to environmental shifts over small spatial scales.
Can’t make it to the talk? See the livestream here.
Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a discussed with Greenovate City of Boston entitled “Let’s Talk Carbon Neutrality.” The conversation with the Carbon Free Boston project team addressed the attempt to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions. Greenovate is working with BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Green Ribbon Commission, and other collaborators to review the costs and benefits of policies and technologies that will help Boston become carbon neutral by 2050.
Congratulations to PhD candidate Jon Wang and first-year PhD student Kathryn Wheeler, who have each received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the AGU Fall Meeting 2017.
Wang’s presentation was entitled “Multidecadal Rates of Disturbance- and Climate Change-Induced Land Cover Change in Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems over Western Canada and Alaska Inferred from Dense Landsat Time Series.”
Both student were in the Biogeosciences division.
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Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler participated in the Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, a forum for researchers, resource managers, and stakeholders to discuss the most current science in various areas important to Rhode Island coastal communities and coastal and ocean environments. Dr. Fulweiler noted that quantifying the impacts of the changing climate and decrease nutrient loading are Narragansett Bay’s biggest challenges and opportunities. Click here to download her presentation, and read more about the event here.
Professor Suchi Gopal has been invited as a panelist for the upcoming Society for Women in Marine Science annual symposium, “Swimming in Confidence: Declaring Your Scientific Authority.” Professor Gopal and her colleagues will close the event with the panel “The Journey to Confidence.”
Society for Women in Marine Science
4th Annual SWMS Symposium
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
“A Public Conversation on Lead,” a new film by lecturer Rick Reibstein and Rebecca Reibstein, will be featured at the 2017 APHA Global Public Health Film Festival during the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta in November.
As the disgust and dismay about the events in Flint, Michigan, lingers, lead itself lingers. Are we responding as we should? We asked experts who have worked on lead for years to start a public conversation. Democracy is a tool that can be used to solve our problems. Lead poisoning is a serious shared problem we cannot turn from. We need to talk about what to do so we can do it. We asked people who have worked on the problems for many years to tell us what they think we should consider. The results are powerful, moving, fascinating, important, and most of all, instructive.