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A simple, factual timeline of Hurricane Dorian and #Sharpiegate

I try not to get involved in the day-to-day madness that has engulfed the United States’ government in the last three years on this blog. The mission is science, and that is as true now as it ever has been. But when people *ahem* start altering weather maps and passing them off as real, which is a felony, as a hurricane climatologist, I take that personally. So here is a really simple timeline with a few really simple maps to straighten this all out. Here is a time-lapsed map showing Dorian as it moved toward and then away from Florida. … Continue reading A simple, factual timeline of Hurricane Dorian and #Sharpiegate

Viewing Florida’s Racial Geographies

If you haven’t heard of racial dot map projects, you’re missing out. A few years ago, Brandon Martin-Higgins at the MIT Media Lab, along with a friend who created social media dot maps (Eric Fischer), came up with the idea to show a selection of major American cities with a colored dot showing symbolizing every single person (based on US census blocks). The dot was colored based on the self-reported racial statistics by the 2010 census. The map illustrated how racially segregated America’s major cities remain, despite decades of “progress” in the many areas that created those invisible boundaries to … Continue reading Viewing Florida’s Racial Geographies

I’m taking Hurricane Michael with me to San Diego

When you’re on the eve of the most public presentation you’ve ever made, to a crowd of colleagues and experts well-versed in your trade, having not made any real, public presentations in some time, you start to get nervous. I … Continue reading I’m taking Hurricane Michael with me to San Diego

Isle de Jean Charles Speaks at Public Hearing on Relocation

The IdJC once claimed a territory of more than 22,000 acres. Years of oil and gas development, hurricanes, and climate change have reduced the island to a mere 325 acres today. The tribe lived mostly in isolation from the early 1700’s through the 1940s-1950s when the oil boom devastated their area. If anyone in the United States could be said the have the smallest contribution to climate change, it’s the people who lived on that island. Continue reading Isle de Jean Charles Speaks at Public Hearing on Relocation

The Magic Trick of the Century!

You almost won’t believe it until you’ve watched it several times. In the last century, the area around Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana (often referred to as Interior Lafourche), has flipped from being 90% land (1916) to 90% water (2016). This video shows how quickly and dramatically the landscape of south Louisiana changed to accommodate the oil, gas, and sulphur mining operations that fragmented large areas of marsh, and triggered and exacerbated subsequent land loss in the decades following. The communities who lived in the area migrated northward as the seas and surge ate away at the marsh. Today, all but a few close-knit communities and a handful of Native American tribes have abandoned the once prosperous marsh lands in search of safety and security farther from shore. For them, it’s a century-long trick with no magic. Continue reading The Magic Trick of the Century!