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European Association of Geographers

Newsletter

January 2011

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Association News

Geo-News

European News

Geo-Resources

Geo-events

EUROGEO News Headlines

European Journal: First issue published and Call for papers

2011 Conference information

Learning with GI conference

Latest news from the Council of Europe

digitalearth network is coming soon

European Geography magazine for teachers

Geocube now in Italian

EUROGEO News

First Issue - the European Journal of Geography now published

The first issue of the European Journal of Geography is now published at: http://www.eurogeographyjournal.eu/
Submit original articles online.
Summer 2011 will be a themed issue on geographical education - submission deadline for this issue is the end-January 2011

EUROGEO 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference

Dear Colleagues,
We have the pleasure to invite you to attend the 2011 European Association of Geographers conference and meeting held at the “Titania Hotel” in Athens, Greece, June 2 - 5, 2011, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Geography of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (NTUA) . The theme of the meeting is: “Geography: Your world – A European Perspective

Conference fees before 27 Feb: 160 euros for members and 190 euros for non-members, 100 and 120 euros respectively for students.

For further information, http://www.ntua.gr/MIRC/EUROGEO/index.html
Email: Maria Pigaki - pigaki@survey.ntua.gr

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Learning with GeoInformation Conference

Learning with GI, at Salzburg, July 4th-8th, 2011. In conjunction with the digitalearth:eu network. The call for papers and further information can be found at: http://www.gi-forum.org/learning.

Please note that there are 5 ESRI/digitalearth stipends for outstanding contributions (full paper) by young scientists covering conference fees and stay. Application for these is done when submitting a contribution - please feel free to distribute this information to your students who might like to contribute!

Important dates:
Feb 1, 2011 - paper submission
Mar 15, 2011 - letters of acceptance
Apr 20, 2011 - final paper version

The conference team will be happy to answer any questions arising - please contact edu@gi-forum.org.

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The digitalearth:eu Network is coming soon (http://www.digital-earth.eu)

The digitalearth.eu Network is an EC funded project (2011-2013) that will examine the use of geo-media in teacher education and the school classroom. EUROGEO is a founder member of this EC funded network.

Geo-media is the visualisation of information from different media sources and is concerned with digital content based on place, position and location. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are needed to effectively study local, regional, national, international and whole earth environments.

The digitalearth.eu network aims to link diverse, unconnected centres around Europe where geoinformation and geo-media use is well developed, with the expectation that products, resources, experiences and ideas will be shared between them.

The first meeting will take place in Salzburg in early July 2011 in collaboration with the Learning with GeoInformation conference. Colleagues interested in joining/participating in the network should visit http://www.eurogeography.eu/digital-earth.html

If you would like to be a partner in the project, the form and letter should be sent by email to eurogeomail@yahoo.co.uk and the original letter posted to be received in Salzburg University before the end of January 2011

European Geography Magazine

In response to discussion among its members, EUROGEO proposes the development of a Geography magazine targeted at teachers of Geography and based on teaching and learning Geography in schools and teacher education with a European perspective. If you are interested in hearing more or feel you could contribute to the magazine, please email Karl Donert at eurogeomail@yahoo.co.uk

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Council of Europe News

Turkey's foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says migration is strength and not threat for Europe. http://bit.ly/fxG0eP

Democratic Security and Human Rights http://www.neurope.eu/articles/103980.php

European Audiovisual Observatory new report on 'Switchover to the Digital Dividend' http://bit.ly/gULXGu

2011 European Capitals of Culture join forces to save Baltic SeaThe Finnish city of Turku and Tallinn in Estonia - European Capitals of Culture for 2011 – have decided to cooperate to draw wider attention to the poor state of the Baltic Sea read more

More than 600,000 Europeans stateless & denied their right to citizenship, says HR Commissioner Hammarberg. http://bit.ly/i2nnqK

American human rights activist gives her view of Europe's integration of Roma communities. http://bit.ly/f6qfFq

Information about more than 100 Geography conferences and other events worldwide 2010-2012 can be found on the EUROGEO web site at: http://www.eurogeography.eu/int-events.html

 

GeoCube

The italian version of the GeoCube is now available online EUROGEO is working on an Italian version of the Geo-Cube. Geocube provides a multimedia Web site aimed to help the promotion of what geography is and what geographers do.

Please contact Karl Donert if you would be interested in translating the Geo-cube into your language. Thanks to ESRI Europe for their support.

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Joining EUROGEO

EUROGEO has four categories of membership.

New EUROGEO members are allowed to select one FREE publication from the publications list (while stocks last).

Membership gives you access to the EUROGEO community, you will receive 6 newsletters a year, reductions on publications and reduced conference fees.

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What is EUROGEO?

EUROGEO as an association was set up in 1979 with strong support from the European Commission. Members from national association formed a European association to represent the viewsd and opinions of geographers in different European countries to the EU . The assoiciation has had participatory status at the Council of Europe sonce 1989. EUROGEO has established its legal home in Belgium as an International not-for-profit organisation. If you would like to know more please contact luc.zwartjes@skynet.be

Meet the Board of EUROGEO

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Geographical News and Research
climate - environment - hazards - geoinformation - weather - human - education - others

That was 2010
The Year in Maps http://bit.ly/fpdnqV
Environmental Disasters (Slideshow): http://bit.ly/ed4Uq3
Most Amazing Images of Earth http://bit.ly/g1eWzl
The Best Google Maps http://bit.ly/hULGwi
The environment in review http://t.co/o9aUZBA
50 Stunning Masterpieces Of Geological photography http://su.pr/2fjtGp
The Year In Disasters http://n.pr/g0WlTQ
Greenpeace International in pictures http://bit.ly/gmEpAA
Announcing the top five geographic news events of 2010! http://bit.ly/hwtI3U

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Climate

The US coldest January since 1985? What global warming? http://bit.ly/guSXK1
The UK may have been cold, but it's still a warm world, says Met Office chief http://ind.pn/dZpyNi
Two thirds of states seen highly vulnerable to climate change by 2030 - AlertNet http://t.co/5HFblEe
Chinese five-year plan will be wake-up call on climate, EU says Europe's top climate official has said China's imminent five-year plan, expected to be brimming with environmental and energy initiatives, will serve as a stark reminder of Europe's diminishing frontrunner status in the area. http://euobserver.com/9/31637/?rk=1
Calculating the True Cost Of Global Climate Change (Yale360) http://e360.yale.edu/feature/calculating_the_true_cost_of_global_climate_change__/2357/
Alaskan coastal glacier advancing: On the edge of one of the planet's most ice-covered regions, an Alaska glacier is ignoring all climate signals as it advances to the sea. Scientists aim to find out why - and what it means for sea levels around the world http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2011/01/alaska-glacier-melt
Arctic sea ice conditions: Dec 2010 was lowest December ice extent on record. http://cot.ag/fhYpwA
La Nina in the Pacific http://go.usa.gov/rYq
NewScientist: La Niña and monsoonal winds flood northern Australia http://bit.ly/ejiHXf
Russian Permafrost Melt - BBC News http://bit.ly/g01NGK
Behavior Frontiers: Can Social Science Combat Climate Change? http://bit.ly/ebBblP

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Environment

Conservationists unveil plans to save coral from extinction http://bit.ly/fhqh2V
Deforestation & Hurricanes May Have Triggered Haiti's Catastrophic 2010 Earthquake http://t.co/OGs2A0K
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) to be set up, visit www.ipbes.net
Sand from Bangladesh may keep the Maldives afloat http://bit.ly/i9NhGn
Beijing's traffic woes driving talk of relocating capital http://on.msnbc.com/ifoFun
Are biodiversity loss and climate change equal threats? http://t.co/cpcGJAN
Californians Could Use Cell Phones to Track Air Pollution - Yahoo! News http://yhoo.it/gYWJ8I
UK could meet renewable energy target, say statistics http://bit.ly/eUxiaN
Soil erosion threatens to leave Earth hungry Within 40 years, there will be around 2 billion more people – another China plus India – on Earth. Food production will have to increase at least 40%, and most of that will have to be grown on the fertile soils that cover just 11% of the global land surface. http://bit.ly/fIIegn
China's GM debate goes public, surprising scientists A growing perception that the Chinese public is uneasy about genetically modified (GM) crops has led to a roundtable dialogue on GM crops between scientists and the general public. Scientists who participated in the dialogue — held on the sidelines of the Communication and Dialogue of Agribiotech Symposium at Huazhong Agricultural University in October — said it was the first time they had been made aware of the extent of the public's fears. http://bit.ly/h63o3v

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Hazards

Myanmar: Food worries for cyclone survivors, An estimated 86,000 farming households and 7,500 fishing households were left food-insecure, the UN Development Programme said. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), some 200,000 people need food assistance in the worst-affected townships of Myebon, Kyaukphyu, Pauktaw and Minbya. http://bit.ly/fhH6qT
Mount Etna bursts into life – new image: This new image from ESA’s Envisat http://goo.gl/fb/ZYEPw
Mudslides Kill More Than 525 People in Brazil http://bit.ly/dIdef2
Brisbane map shows the scope of the response to the flooding http://bit.ly/i8pWaP
Interactive Map: Destruction in Haiti, Then and Now http://nyti.ms/eYzCU9
Erosion Eating Up South Carolina Beaches http://bit.ly/favqJt Strong 2010
Worst rains for 50 years leave Queensland flooded http://bit.ly/ft4dbA
China's desertification could take 300 years to reverse http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12112518

Geoinformation

Teaching with GIS by using the "GeoNews" concept: http://bit.ly/f3OXeE
Interactive 2000-2010 Census population change map of the states: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/
MapQuest Enables Consumers to Edit and Enhance Maps Through Partnership with OpenStreetMap http://t.co/IgRnfxQ
Geospatial Technology Competency Model: http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/pyramid.aspx?GEO=Y
GIS/career in Nature: http://communicate.aag.org/eseries/scriptcontent/Custom/giwis/cguide/tools/nature.pdf

Weather

"Bulge" in Atmospheric Pressure Responsible for Cold Winter Amid Global Warming http://ow.ly/3yQ1s

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Human

2011 UK census may be its last: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10584385
NewScientist: We can feed 9 billion people in 2050 http://bit.ly/dXHm2C
Housing 9 billion won't take techno-magic: New Scientist http://t.co/DR0lWwm
NewScientist: 2011 preview: The year of the electric car http://bit.ly/gs4mTK

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Education

“Cultural Diversity in Education for Sustainable Development” an invitation to contribute: A thematic programme “Mainstreaming Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue in Education for Sustainable Development” was established as a contribution to the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). Within this framework and in order to celebrate good practice within the DESD, UNESCO funded the “Best Practices on Cultural Diversity in Education for Sustainable Development” project which is to showcase innovative approaches which bridge links between cultural, socio-economic and environmental learning. For more information about this UNESCO project and opportunities of participation, please contact IRIS researchers: Prof Daniella Tilbury, dtilbury@glos.ac.uk or Ingrid Mulà: ingrid.mula@gmail.com

Other News

Pessimistic about 2011, does place matter? Maybe it depends where you are looking from. http://florianpantazi.blogactiv.eu/2010/12/eu-a-question-of-priorities/
London 3D project http://www.london3dproject.mfbiz.com/
Call for Papers: Spatial data and GIS as support tools for environmental assessment (Special Issue) http://bit.ly/hN8WHP
82.3 Million play City Planning game on Facebook http://ow.ly/3xXmi

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Euro News

Testing Finland's largest wind power station
Finland's largest wind power station has started test running in Tornio in northern Finland and will start commercial operation at the beginning of 2011. The new wind power station was constructed by Finland's Rajakiiri Company at the onshore area in Tornio. Having installed eight Siemens wind turbines rated at 3.6 megawatts each, the power station will most likely produce 85,000 megawatt hours per year, which would be enough to power about 5,000 households. http://bit.ly/fWU51V

EU looks to private sector to fund €100bn digitisation of books, art
The European Union has waded into the debate over the digitisation of cultural works, with a committee of 'wise men' arguing that the process is of such immense scale and cost that, in an age of austerity, libraries must depend on the private sector to pay for the estimated €100 billion exercise. http://euobserver.com/9/31617/?rk=1

Leading companies seek sanctions against 'EU president' Hungary
Thirteen European companies have written a joint letter to the EU commission, asking for sanctions against Hungary over the special taxes imposed on foreign investors. The fresh row comes just as Budapest has taken over the rotating EU presidency, amid controversies over its new media law. http://euobserver.com/9/31587/?rk=1

Greece to build wall on EU-Turkey border
The Greek government plans to build a wall along its 206-km-long land border with Turkey to help keep out unwanted migrants on the model of the US border with Mexico. http://euobserver.com/9/31588/?rk=1

Greece blasts 'hypocritical' EU for opposing wall plans
Athens has slammed the "hypocrisy" of unspecified EU member states criticising its plans to erect a wall on the border with Turkey, while at the same time denouncing its incapacity to stem irregular migration. Meanwhile, neighbouring Bulgaria claims its own Turkish frontier is "safer" than the Greek one. http://euobserver.com/9/31610/?rk=1

EU researchers find MOTIVE to protect Europe's forests
The number of forest areas in Europe facing the onslaught of climate and land use changes, including fires, winds and droughts, is on the rise. A concern that weighs on the minds of many Europeans is how to determine which trees adapt best to climate change. The MOTIVE ('Models for adaptive forest management') project is investigating the impact of intensified competition for forest resources given the changes to the climate and land. MOTIVE is supported under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of almost EUR 7 million. read more

The power of maps: Hungary heading for fresh EU controversy with 'history map carpet'
The Hungarian EU presidency is steering into a fresh controversy with the installation of a 'history carpet' featuring a map of 'Greater Hungary' in the Justus Lipsius building where ministers and leaders from all 27 member states meet during summits. http://euobserver.com/9/31629/?rk=1

New Schengen entries delayed
France and Germany have sent a joint letter to the EU saying they consider Bulgaria and Romania's entry into Europe's border-free Schengen area in March to be "premature". The move was slammed as "an act of discrimination" by Bucharest. http://euobserver.com/9/31566/?rk=1

Bealarus threat
EU and US issue joint warning to Minsk The EU and US have in an unusual joint statement threatened to take action against the Belarusian regime unless it begins to release people arrested during post-election protests. http://euobserver.com/9/31575/?rk=1

University Mergers Sweep Across Europe
In France, a raft of national reforms to overhaul the higher-education system http://bit.ly/i2NnGt

Romania threatens Croatia in Schengen dispute
Romania is threatening to create problems for Croatia's EU accession bid in a diplomatic counter-attack against delays to its own entry into the border-free Schengen zone. http://euobserver.com/9/31589/?rk=1

Other euro-news
EUROMED 2030 long-term futures conference, presentations available: http://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/events-135_en.html
Croatia meeting more accession targets http://waz.euobserver.com/887/31569
Hungary to hold 'energy summit' at EU helm: http://bit.ly/hNQuhT
EU 2011 budget approved read more
Barroso: Media freedom is 'our sacred European principle http://bit.ly/dNeRSv
Intelligent transport in Europe read more
EU Internet usage in 2010 – Households and Individuals http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=STAT/10/193
Paneuyouth on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paneuyouth/131067193617517
Digital literacy and e-inclusion on Facebook read more
'250 billion' plastic fragments in Mediterranean (AFP) http://bit.ly/gJHGJI

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Geo-Resources

Czech Geographical Bibliography online http://www.geobibline.cz/

January 2011 issue of Global Change can now be accessed online at http://www.igbp.net/page.php?pid=231

The legacy: Interactive Gulf oil spill map with news bulletins, video, more: http://tmapps.esri.com/gulf-2010/index.

Download New Book: The Glaciers of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region http://www.icimod.org/publications/index.php/search/publication/734

Australian Flood Maps: http://bit.ly/gsDQFF

Weather map and application - North America weather at one glance with links to all stations: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/zoa/mwmap3.php?map=usa

Atlas of the Biosphere, global data set http://www.sage.wisc.edu/atlas/maps.php

iPhone Apps for the GIS User http://bit.ly/hA3cih

Build your own Human Development Index http://hdr.undp.org/en/data/build/

Mountain Research Initiative Newsletter: http://mri.scnatweb.ch/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=190&Itemid=43

New map viewer for the Environmental Atlas of North America. http://www.cec.org/atlas/

Haiti Google Images: http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/01/haiti-beforeafternow-google-images-tell-the-tale/

Hot arid environments, resources for teaching extreme environments: http://t.co/fAqn6Ey

The Australian Floods - ideas for geography teachers http://trunc.it/duaky

500 geography-related videos on http://www.youtube.com/geographyuberalles

River systems, ecoregions, transportation, culture, more. History of Earth CO2 (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2mZyCblxS4

Accelerating MDG Progress: YouTube video http://bit.ly/dNHXD8

Ten Climate change resources
1. High mountain glaciers and climate change - Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation http://bit.ly/fI9cdk
2. Arab Environment: Climate Change: impact of climate change on Arab countries http://bit.ly/hCufBl
3. Climate Change: India's Perceptions, Positions, Policies and Possibilities http://bit.ly/dKcngv
4. Vulnerability and Adaptation of Climate Change in India http://bit.ly/iiPnsx
5. ClimateConcern - an unmoderated worldwide interactive emailing forum for scientific and policy debate, collaboration, networking on global climate change issues http://yhoo.it/eSGJQ6
6. NASA Global Change Master Directory http://bit.ly/iaB4Ye
7. Climate Change and Development Centre Pioneering research and knowledge partnerships for development in a changing climate http://bit.ly/gWA905
8. The ultimate climate change FAQ + Climate change http://bit.ly/fiXolS
9. Development and Climate Change in Nepal, Climate change network Nepal http://bit.ly/dMAGfW
10. Unveiling the links between ICT & climate change in developing countries: a scoping study http://bit.ly/g7p1Cm

eLearning papers Vol 22 http://www.elearningpapers.eu/index.php

Teaching Expertise: Geography: http://www.teachingexpertise.com/geography

Special issue of eLearning Papers on innovation, networks and collaboration. http://www.elearningeuropa.info/files/eLearningPapers_2010_Breaking_Down_the_Silos.pdf

Free online Issues from Transactions of the IBG http://ow.ly/1aJPAv

Spatial Decisions as Social Context: Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks (pdf) http://bit.ly/e1BMrl

The encyclopedia of life http://www.eol.org/

Google Maps of the Australian Floods: http://bit.ly/i6rWol

Map your voice http://www.bl.uk/evolvingenglish/maplisten.html

International New Town Institute urbanisation map http://www.newtowninstitute.org/

New global databases of extreme natural hazards http://bit.ly/e9owID

Corsican forest fire simulator: change the wind direction and start the fire: http://forefire.univ-corse.fr/websim/

GIS education competences: The GTCM: http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/pyramid.aspx?GEO=Y

Online texts to teach GIS: read more

Book:The implementation/effectiveness of GIS in secondary education: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/363917769X/ref=pe_5050_12810800_snp_dp

Simulate forest fires with ForeFire: In a lab at the University of Corsica http://bit.ly/h4TA9v

URISA Journal issue on GIS in education: http://www.urisa.org/files/URISA%20Journal%20Vol.22%20Issue%202.pdf

Geographical Events

2011 and 2012 events and conferences are located on the main EUROGEO Web site: Click here

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