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Nov 10 2014

Read articles from Journal of Meteorological Research, Springer

The 2013 impact factor for Journal of Meteorological Research has increased to 1.111.

Journal of Meteorological Research (previously known as Acta Meteorologica Sinica) publishes the latest achievements and developments in the field of atmospheric sciences. Coverage is broad, including topics such as pure and applied meteorology; climatology and climate change; marine meteorology; atmospheric physics and chemistry; cloud physics and weather modification; numerical weather prediction; data assimilation; atmospheric sounding and remote sensing; atmospheric environment and air pollution; radar and satellite meteorology; agricultural and forest meteorology and more.

Read the featured articles of the recent Chinese Meteorological Society 90th Anniversary Special Collection for free until Jan.5th 2015.


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Apr 25 2014

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Learn More About Climate Change

The phrase “climate change” might be combative to some and confusing to others. The University of Colorado’s Office for University Outreach has worked with its scholars to create the Learn More About Climate (LMAC) site in order to translate climate change information into “resources and tools for teachers, policymakers, and citizens.” Here, visitors can make their way through eight different areas, including Topics, Lessons, Videos, and Initiatives. In the Lessons area, educators will find model lessons about climate change, such as “Mountain Pine Beetles,” “Evidence of Climate Change,” and “What Makes You Hot.” Additionally, the Videos section offers up some excellent short films on rising sea levels and species adaption as a result of climate change. Those interested in specific LMAC projects will enjoy the Initiatives section, as it offers up brief summaries of ongoing projects, complete with two great webinars on Climate Change Conversations.


Nature Soundmap

What does a humpback whale sound like? Or perhaps the White-cheeked Gibbon? The Nature Soundmap provides snippets of these sounds and much, much more. Visitors will find an interactive map of the world, complete with markers that allow audio wildlife travel from Central America to Central Asia a snap. Symphonies of animal noises can also be found here, as visitors can click on Greece to listen to “Summer Ambience” or France to find “Dawn in the Lezardrieux Forest.” Each marker includes information about the animal or setting profiled, along with a link to More Info for the generally curious. 


[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 15, April 18, 2014]


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Dec 09 2013

Read the New Virtual Issue: Climate Change from Springer

Plant Ecology publishes original scientific papers that report and interpret the findings of pure and applied research into the ecology of vascular plants in terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. Empirical, experimental, theoretical and review papers reporting on ecophysiology, population, community, ecosystem, landscape, molecular and historical ecology are within the scope of the journal. The Virtual Issues are compiled in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief Neal J. Enright and focus on cutting-edge topics. They present key articles which have been published in the journal over the course of the last years.

Read the free Climate Change Virtual Issue until 31 March 2014.

HKUL users can continue to access the journal via http://library.hku.hk/record=b2057964    

[Source: Springer http://www.springer.com/ ] 


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Jan 30 2013

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. The Egyptian Revolution Through Mubarak’s Eyes
  2. You Can’t Change the Climate from Inside Washington
  3. Flyover Country
  4. Learning to Live with Bibi
  5. When Tibet Loved China
  6. In Sudan, the Front Line Is Everywhere
  7. Mutiny in Kabul
  8. Al Qaeda Country
  9. Does the NRA Want to Turn America Into Afghanistan?
  10. Is This Pakistan’s Tahrir Square?
  11. The Three Most Dangerous Things About Threat Lists


[Source: Foreign Policy, 15th – 24th January 2013]


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Jan 02 2013

Academy Award nominated film: Sun Come Up

Sun Come Up is an Academy Award® nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film provokes discussion about climate change, displacement, and the rights of vulnerable communities around the globe.

Summary of the film:

Documentary film following the relocation of some of the Carteret Islanders, a peaceful community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home. The film follows a group of young Carteret Islanders as they search for land in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea 50 miles across the open ocean. The move will not be easy as Bougainville is recovering from a 10-year civil war.

The film is available in the HKUL at http://library.hku.hk/record=b4715606.


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Nov 24 2011

Read top papers from the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development

Agronomy for Sustainable Development is an international journal for scientific research on the interactions between cropping systems and other activities in the context of sustainable development. The journal publishes original research articles that demonstrate a clear scientific breakthrough versus current knowledge. Monodisciplinary contributions in agronomy will constitute the grounds of sustainability from environmental, economical or social viewpoints. While multidisciplinary articles bridge agronomy with ecology, environmental and social sciences. The journal also covers all agroscience disciplines.


According to Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters, Agronomy for Sustainable Development also achieved the highest percent increase in total citations in the field of Agricultural Sciences.

-Impact Factor: 2.972

-Rank 4/74 in the Agronomy category


Read these top downloaded papers from the journal:

You may click here to view the most downloaded articles which are downloaded live and in real-time from Agronomy for Sustainable Development.


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Nov 21 2011

LSE’s Impact of the Social Sciences Project

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE),  Public Policy Group are working on a multi-year project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) that aims to demonstrate how academic research in the social sciences achieves public policy impacts, contributes to economic prosperity and informs public understanding of policy issues and economic and social changes.

The main purpose is to develop precise methods for measuring and evaluating the impact of research in the public sphere. Quantitative metrics for measuring impact are being developed and comparative analyses have been performed based on a pilot study of 120 academics pulled from a variety of social science disciplines. Initial findings and recommendations have been compiled into a Handbook on Maximizing the Impacts of Your Research. While the central research will focus on the social sciences, the input from Imperial and Leeds will cover the interface of social science/STEM disciplines in the areas of climate change and sustainability policies.

If you have any questions about the project or the project blog, please feel free to contact impactofsocialsciences@lse.ac.uk.


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Nov 02 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Libya’s Sexual Revolution
  2. Coming Up Empty
  3. It’s a Small World
  4. Up in Smoke
  5. Do Graves of Dictators Really Become Shrines?
  6. The 7 Fastest-Growing Cities in the World
  7. Merkozy, A Beautiful Friendship


 [Source: Foreign Policy, 25th – 27th Octorber 2011]


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Oct 19 2011

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  1. North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online
  2. The North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online (NECHO) website aims to promote “the use of digital technologies to broaden and enhance access to North Carolina’s cultural heritage and fosters collaboration among all the state’s cultural resource institutions through grant funding, education and training opportunities and digitization activities.” You can start by looking through the “Institution Directory” to take a look at the collections organized by city, county, subject, and type. The directory contains over 1,000 collections, including those from the Historic Rosedale Plantation, the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, and the Wadsworth House.

  3. Environmental Sciences & Sustainability: The NY Academy of Sciences
  4. The Environmental Sciences and Sustainability topic covers topics related to climate change . For example, the article entitled “Flood-Resilient Waterfront Development in New York City: Bridging Flood Insurance, Building Codes, and Flood Zoning” from the annals, is about creating waterfront developments that are resilient to floods, and thus able to account for climate change trends. It also provides multiple podcasts that you can listen and learn from, such as the 20-minute “The Secret Lives of Bees” podcast, which discusses the 200 species of bees that live in New York City and the Great Pollinator Project.


[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 17, Number 41, October 14, 2011]


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Oct 12 2011

Latest reports from IssueLab

  1. Achieving Green and Healthy Homes and Communities in America
  2. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the Fall of 2010, the National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisioning contracted with the National Academy to develop and execute an online dialogue that would examine ways to increase the health, safety, and energy efficiency of low- to moderate-income homes. Since 1999, the National Coalition had worked to improve low- to moderate-income housing through the support and execution of home interventions that…


  3. Agencies in Transition: A Report on the Views of the Members of the Federal Senior Executive Service
  4. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Many think of leadership transition in government as something that happens only once every four or eight years. While presidential transitions are undoubtedly the largest in scope, leadership transition in government is a constant process. In fact, the average tenure of Senate-confirmed appointees is only 3.3 years, while appointees at executive departments generally spend only 2.8 years in a single post. In a federal…


  5. Amtrak Office of Inspector General: Organizational Assessment
  6. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The Amtrak OIG office engaged the National Academy to conduct an organizational assessment that examines the current operations of the OIG office. The organizational assessment identified core organizational strengths and weaknesses, and recommended specific, prioritized actions to improve OIG processes, policies and management practices that will help the office achieve the goals outlined in its five-year strategic plan…


  7. Amtrak OIG Organizational Assessment, Phase II: Implementation Roadmap Development
  8. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the spring of 2010, the Academy conducted an independent organizational assessment of the Amtrak OIG. The Phase I final report addressed eight critical areas of focus, and for each of the these focus areas, the Academy identified a desired future state, key observations, critical risks, “quick win” opportunities, and long-term recommendations. The Phase I results formed the basis for the Phase II of the…


  9. Building Strong for Tomorrow: Recommendations for the Organizational Design of the NOAA Climate Service
  10. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The U.S. Congress asked an expert panel of the National Academy of Public Administration to assist NOAA with a study and analysis of organizational options for a Climate Service within NOAA. Further, NOAA formally asked the Panel to provide an independent assessment of how NOAA should organize its climate capabilities and make recommendations for a Climate Service line office structure that would integrate NOAA’s…


  11. Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future
  12. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. At the request and with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and using procedures of the National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration jointly undertook a two-year study of the long-term fiscal challenge facing the United States. The work was performed by a stellar committee representing diverse disciplines and practices…


  13. The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System: An Assessment of Design, Implementation, and Impact
  14. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The FY 1997 National Defense Authorization Act gave the Secretary of Defense authority to establish common personnel policies for DoD intelligence components. Under this authority, DoD began designing the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) in 2007. This personnel system was intended to unify the civilian human resources management systems among ten DoD intelligence components. Beyond mere…


  15. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate: Developing Technology to Protect America
  16. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In response to a congressional mandate and in consultation with Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the National Academy conducted a review of S&T’s effectiveness and efficiency in addressing homeland security needs. This review included a particular focus that identified any unnecessary duplication of effort, and opportunity costs arising from an emphasis on…


  17. FEMA’s Integration of Preparedness and Development of Robust Regional Offices
  18. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In October 2006, Congress enacted major legislation to reform the function and organization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in response to the recognized failures in preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina. The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA) focused national preparedness responsibilities within FEMA and directed additional resources and responsibilities to…


  19. Governance Challenges and the Financial Crisis: Seven Key Questions
  20. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the midst of a global economic crisis, the federal government responded on an unprecedented scale and scope, with injections of trillions of dollars into financial markets, infusions of cash to troubled industries, state and local governments, and people in need. Government is employing tools in ways never before considered and inventing new tools, in the hope of stabilizing the economy and spurring economic recovery…


  21. Strengthening America’s Best Idea: An Independent Review of the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate
  22. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. NRSS requested that an independent panel of the National Academy conduct a review of its effectiveness in five core functions, its relationships with key internal stakeholders, and its performance measurement system. Among other things, the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) is responsible for providing usable natural and social science information throughout the…


  23. Managing at the Speed of Light: Improving Mission-Support Performance
  24. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The House and Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittees requested this study to help DOE’s three major mission-support organizations improve their operations to better meet the current and future needs of the department. The passage of the Recovery Act only increased the importance of having DOE’s mission-support offices working in the most effective, efficient, and timely manner as…


  25. A National Dialogue on Health Information Technology and Privacy 
  26. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Increasingly, government leaders recognize that solving the complex problems facing America today will require more than simply keeping citizens informed. Meeting challenges like rising health care costs, climate change and energy independence requires increased level of collaboration. Traditionally, government agencies have operated in silos — separated not only from citizens, but from each other, as well. Nevertheless,…


  27. The National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
  28. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Six years after its creation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undertook the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) to inform the design and implementation of actions to ensure the safety of the United States and its citizens. This review, mandated by the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007, represents the first comprehensive examination of the homeland security strategy of the…


  29. Putting Community First: A Promising Approach to Federal Collaboration for Environmental Improvement: An Evaluation of the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Demonstration Program
  30. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. This report is an independent evaluation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Demonstration Program, a community-driven process that uses the best available data to help communities set priorities and take action on their greatest environmental risks. CARE fosters local partnerships that seek participation from business, government, organizations, residents…


  31. United We Ride National Dialogue
  32. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) asked the National Academy of Public Administration and Easter Seals Project ACTION to develop and host the first United We Ride (UWR) National Dialogue. The goal of the Dialogue was to help shape future policy direction and provide input to the next CCAM strategic plan. The National Academy also assembled a small work group with representatives of the Federal…


  33. A Worker Dialogue: Improving Health Safety and Security at DOE
  34. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. During the summer of 2010, the Department of Energy Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) partnered with the National Academy of Public Administration to host an online dialogue to solicit ideas from front line union workers at DOE sites on how to improve worker safety across the DOE complex. Based on the results of the Dialogue, an expert Panel of the National Academy identified several themes that emerged from…

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