What’s up? The Friday links (53)

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are one of the most important tools in geosciences and can be helpful in almost every discipline. They are widely used not only in academia, but also in industry and administration. Obviously, it’s a good idea to know how to use these softwares. There are dozens, if not hundreds of different GIS versions available, but only few of them are freeware, like QGIS. Our colleague Riccardo Klinger from Digital Geography started a crowdsourcing initiative to get money for creating a free online video tutorial for everyone who wants to learn QGIS. If you like this idea, support him here at startnext.de.

17 January – 18th anniversary of the Kobe EQ, Japan

18 years ago, a magnitude 7.2 (mb6.8, Mj7.3) earthquake struck Kobe, Japan. The consequences of The Great Hanshin Earthquake were disastrous: thousands of houses collapsed, infrastructure was severely damaged, widespread fires started, more than 6000 people died. Several blogs commemorated this event, the most interesting post in my opinion came from David Bressan (again!), who also discusses early anti-seismic buildings and earthquake resilient structures.

Landsat continues

This is good news for all of us who use remote sensing data: read about the Landsat Data Continuity Mission here.

Describe your job using only the 1000 most common words

Anne Jefferson from Highly Allochthonous is collecting job descriptions from geoscientists. Strange job descriptions, because the rule is to use the 1000 most common words only. There are some very great results – worth reading! Mine somehow vanished in the interwebs.

IRENA – global atlas for solar and wind

Renewable energies are one of the fastest growing techniques worldwide, and here in Germany some effort is made to increase their contribution to the overall energy mix. Well, currently, this process slowed down if not endangered for several reasons of which lobbyism surely isn’t the least important one, but I don’t want to get into politics too deeply. Now there’s a global atlas for solar and wind, telling you where you could place your panels or your wind power plant. Great! Read the press release from the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) here.

Car disappears in sinkhole

I am not sure if this is faked, but it looks real and everyone who wanted to fake this could have made a better quality. In Brazil, a car disappears in a sink hole during heavy rains. These things happen not as rarely as one might think. Here, it could either be a “real” sinkhole or a waste water channel which the car broke into. However, amazing.

Three interesting papers on earthquakes

Finally, I found three papers that might be interesting for the EQ community:

Geological Society of London public lectures on video

The Geological Society has published videos of their recent public Shell lectures on YouTube.

1.) Reconciling Past and Future Worlds: Geology and Ground Engineering by Jackie Skipper:

2.) Learning to love the meteorite by Ted Nield:


Have a nice weekend!

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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