NASA's Airborne Remote Sensing Laboratory for Monitoring the World's Coral

In our previous post JoJo Burridge, '15, described the process of ocean acidifciation due to CO2 pollution. Since then NASA announced a beefed-up version of its COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) that will provide critical data and new models to analyze the status of coral reefs and to predict their future. CORAL acquires airborne spectral image data using the Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer (PRISM) instrument. 

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Michael Twiss on the Rivers of Saint Lawrence County

Four major rivers originate high in the Adirondack State Park and flow north through St. Lawrence County to the St. Lawrence River: the Oswegatchie, Grasse, Raquette and St. Regis. Despite their pristine appearance, three issues pose potential threats to humans and our ability to manage these waters properly: mercury contamination, the invasive plant Eurasian watermilfoil, and fecal contamination of source water.

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The Economic Value of Water Quality

If you live near high quality water, the value of your property is likely greater, according to Clarkson University’s Martin Heintzelman. His creative analysis of ecological, chemical and economic data could have national implications at a time when environmental protection is viewed in many quarters as an unwise investment.

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