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Arctic Report Card 2012

9:20 am in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tracks changes in the environment and has released the Arctic Report Card: Update for 2012. Based on multiple observations, the report finds “strong evidence of widespread, sustained change driving Arctic environmental system into new state,” and highlights the following:

Record low snow extent and low sea ice extent occurred in June and September, respectively.

Growing season length is increasing along with tundra greenness and above-ground biomass. Below the tundra, record high permafrost temperatures occurred in northernmost Alaska. Duration of melting was the longest observed yet on the Greenland ice sheet, and a rare, nearly ice sheet-wide melt event occurred in July.

Massive phytoplankton blooms below summer sea ice suggest previous estimates of ocean primary productivity might be ten times too low. Arctic fox is close to extinction in Fennoscandia and vulnerable to further changes in the lemming cycle and the encroaching Red fox.

Severe weather events included extreme cold and snowfall in Eurasia, and two major storms with deep central pressure and strong winds offshore of western and northern Alaska.

This year also marks the first time that there has been less than 4 million square kilometers (1.54 million square miles) of sea ice since satellite observations began in 1979. Visualization here.

Saturday Art: We Miss You and Landscapes: Volume Two

5:24 am in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

The first film is two minutes and the second is three minutes. If you see a blank screen or an error message, please refresh the page.

We Miss You won the following awards:

Special Jury Award – Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Best European Branded Short – Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Best European Filmschool – Young Director Award 2011, Cannes
Best Filmschool Film – German Commercial Award 2011
1st Prize – Kurzundschön Film Festival 2011
Silver Award – Porsche Advertising Award 2011
Winner G-Technology Driven Creativity Competition 2011
Winner Saatchi & Saatchi – New German Directors Showcase 2011
Winner Caligari Award 2010

The film is directed by Hanna Maria Heidrich.

For more information on We Miss You, go here.

Landscapes: Volume Two is one of the most beautiful films I have seen. It is well worth the three-minute watch.

Landscapes: Volume Two is by Dustin Farrell, who states:

Landscapes: Volume 2 is the second of a three part series (probably). Every frame of this video is a raw still from a Canon 5D2 DSLR and processed with Adobe software. In Volume 2 I again show off my beautiful home state of Arizona and I also made several trips to Utah. This video has some iconic landmarks that we have seen before. I felt that showing them again with motion controlled HDR and/or night timelapse would be a new way to see old landmarks.

More on this beautiful film is here.

Dona Nobis Pacem (Give us peace): Earth Day Reflection

3:51 pm in Uncategorized by Crane-Station

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Dona Nobis Pacem – ukulele and cello
-Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Ken Middleton (tenor ukulele)

Octopoda Octopus 20004

Octopoda Octopus 20004 image by Bill and Mark Bell, creative commons, flickr.


Once I Was a PPrince image by fabiogis50 (Fabio Gismondi), creative commons, flickr.

8257 Moray eel

8257 Moray Eel image byDiverKen, Ken Traub, under creative commons on flickr.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle image by Pen Waggener, creative commons, flickr.

MONUC Peacekeeper Patrols Katanga Area

MONUC Peacekeeper Patrols Katanga Area
image by United Nations Photo, creative commons, flickr.

A peacekeeper of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) with a group of children during patrols of the Katanga area.
Photo ID 163691. 01/03/2007. Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Myriam Asmani.

Today is Earth Day.

Dona Nobis Pacem

A polite demand.

For peace.

Decorah [Bald] Eagles Livestream Update

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For those of you who may be interested in the Decorah Bald Eagles, they are expected to fledge any time between now and June 25.

Broadcasting Live with Ustream.TV

153,876,703 Views of this Livecam so far!

From the site:

RRP hopes to band these juvies and place a satellite transmitter on one of them. The juvies will be captured on the ground a couple of weeks after they fledge. The small band with its identifying color and number goes around one of the ankles and does not bother or endanger the bird. The transmitter is mounted loosely and comfortably like a tiny backpack, and it does not interfere with flight or with head or neck movement. The process takes just a few minutes and does not frighten or harm the birds. It is possible to take measurements of the juvies as they are banded to determine their sex. Banding eventually gives researchers information on how far the bird has flown from its birth nest once it has died or is found injured; the band might also be spotted during feeding, nesting, or migrating and thus can be useful in tracking the eagle’s movements. The transmitter will allow researchers to track the juvie regularly via GPS and will yield invaluable information on its behavior. The transmitter is designed to fall off after a few years. Banding and placing the transmitter will be done by Bob Anderson, Director of RRP, and other raptor experts who have banded many birds before and who always follow the safest protocols, and who will have obtained the required permits to do so.

These birds are exploring the far reaches of the branches right now.