Super-duper weather observation satellites ready to track and map the world’s weather – an annotated graphic

Weather enthusiasts the world over, especially those unfortunate souls that found themselves living on a flood plain during the very wet start to 2014 in the UK, will be delighted to learn of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission. Uniting a constellation of nine Earth-observing satellites, the GPM Mission will create global weather maps every three hours. The Core Observatory will take detailed measurements of rain and snowfall and is equipped with a dual-frequency precipitation radar and a microwave imager, allowing scientists to see inside clouds and measure the rate of precipitation. All the data being gathered and analysed will … Continue reading Super-duper weather observation satellites ready to track and map the world’s weather – an annotated graphic

Top 20 cities vulnerable to climate change flooding – an annotated graphic

In the extremely moist wake of Superstom Sandy and the ensuing rapid promotion of climate change up the agenda in the US electioneering of Obama and Romney, today’s infographic lays out the threat of flooding to 20 port cities around the world by 2070. Good news for the UK and Europe; not so much for America or the Far East. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Top 20 cities vulnerable to climate change flooding – an annotated graphic