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Summer 2012 Wrap-up: Esri UC, Ontario Summers and the Melting Arctic

Posted by Graham Stickler on Sep 20, 2012, 9:48:00 AM

It’s been an interesting and very busy summer for me.  My first visit for a few years to an Esri Worldwide User Conference in the lovely climate of Southern California, and my first ever living in a Mediterranean type climate enjoying a lifestyle of shorts and barbeques (and I now live in Canada!).  Best tan I’ve ever had!  But there’s a serious side to all this.  First it was interesting to me that Esri chose to focus on cloud computing as the big new thing and almost relegated the news of Maps for Office to that of an also-ran.  Easy to use maps for everyone in MS Office products seems pretty big news to me!  However I appreciate that data sharing is still an important topic but isn’t cloud computing to most people simply a case of having the server somewhere else?  Where’s the big news in that?  Same old stuff across the internet rather than the intranet.  OK, I’m being simplistic but perhaps in my aging years I’m missing the point?

But moving on from the sunny climes of Southern California back to a blazing hot Ontario, I’ve been following with interest this year’s summer melt in the Arctic.  It’s quite alarming.  There’s been a lot of press as the summer has progressed but here is a pretty good summary now that summer is coming to an end and Autumn approaches (it’s going to take me a while to say ‘Fall’). http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/09/19/arctic-ice-cover-melt.html

Obviously now having a direct interest in Shipping the impact of this melt is more apparent to me than perhaps it’s ever been.  It seems I’m not alone. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/09/12/f-franklin-who-owns-the-arctic.html

The good news is that here at exactEarth we have the ability to track what’s going on up in this most remotest region of the World’s oceans, and earlier this summer we launched a specific dataset to allow others to assess the impact as the Arctic region becomes ever more accessible,

Here hot off the press is a comparative look at the shipping in the region between August last year, and August this year.  I think you’ll agree that it’s clear that the Arctic is heating up in more ways than one!

Topics: Arctic, Arctic Shipping, Esri

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