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Autumn Newsletter (No.15)

October 2007

Welcome to the latest e-newsletter from the HERODOT network for Geography in higher education. This issue has lots of Geography in the news, some great teaching and learning resources and conference details to support the teaching of Geography in higher education. This issue also provides you with information about HERODOT events and it reports on the latest Web site developments. See also our new section for students. Newsletter 16

If you have any news, are involved in events, want provide feedback or you are prepared to promote the network, then contact Karl Donert.

HERODOT news - Funding - Geographical News - Great Geography resources - Events and conferences 2007-2008 - for students


Working with third countries - Student competitions - Web site - Network news - HERODOT events

Have you seen our news feeds? These feed physical, human and GI news into the community home page - access the HERODOT community

The Geo-Cube - want to know more? See the TP2 HERODOT community forum on promoting Geography.

HERODOT applies for Action 4 project to connect to third countries: Under Erasmus Mundus Action 4, HERODOT applied to run workshops and conferences in third countries outside Europe. We are waiting to hear whether we have been successful in this application. If you are interested in this or can support by providing new partners for this project please contact Karl Donert.

Student competitions: The first prizewinners of the HERODOT Student Poster competition attended the HERODOT and ESRI Europe User conferences in Stockholm in October 2007. Thanks to ESRI Europe and Hewlett Packard for supporting this initiative. A student movie competition has been launched. Click for further details.

More than 140 partners join the HERODOT Online Community: The Moodle community. is proving a valuable resources to engage in the work of the network. Registration for the community is free for members. Please contact the Project Manager Glenda Wall for further information (wallg@hope.ac.uk). Inside the community the network has been debating issues on the promotion of Geography, Employability and the European Dimension. Links to the use of ICT have been placed there. The community also gathers new Geo-News for members through a number of RSS feeds for different Geography topics (Human, Physical, Environmental and GIS).

HERODOT II work programme: Members have established our work programme and the thematic interest groups have been meeting. Information on the four pillars that form the fundamentals of the work can be examined on the HERODOT Web site.

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NETWORK EVENT NEWS - forthcoming events

The latest Event News about HERODOT meetings and workshops can now be accessed through the updated HERODOT Web site news and activities pages

HERODOT at EUGEO: 14 HERODOT members attended the EUGEO conference in Amsterdam in August 2007. This event brought together more than 200 Geography researchers to explore the main issues facing Europe. HERODOT held a dissemination workshop about the network and its members and provided the education track for the event. A manifesto for the future of Europe was developed with Geogtraphy education at its heart. HERODOT participation was commented upon during the closing address. Web site

HERODOT 2007 Working Conference: was held in Stockholm in parallel with the ESRI Europe User conference. More than 65 members attaended the event. There was an optional field excursion to the city and islands. The four pillars developed their work. Three conference books are planned, with extended papers for publication in 2008. Presentations and information is available from the Conference Home Page.

Dissemination Karl Donert disseminated the work of HERODOT wen he spoke at AGIT Conference in Salzburg and when HERODOT organised an Education Track at the EUGEO conference in Amsterdam.

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Inter-disciplinarity workshop: HERODOT pillar 4 plans to hold a workshop in Sibiu, Romania in October 2007. If you are interesting in being involved orwould like to know more, please contact Marius Matache

The Thematic Pillars are planning their next events. Details of the work and activities of the pillars can be found on the HERODOT Web site



This section provides information on funds available for Geographers. You can contact Karl Donert if you want informal advice on any applications you are considering.

Lifelong learning project and mobility funds available - there are various dealdines for funding for lifelong learning grants under Erasmus (higher education), Comenius (teacher training) and Youth actions. Informaiton is available from the LLLP Web site and select the relevat programmes or actions. A useful summary and information is provided here. National agencies have been established - list available - latest LLP news.

Geographical Association International Initiatives Fund
Awards (usually £250-750) are available for individual Geography educators or for GA members to travel and exchange ideas of good practice in teaching and learning. Each year some awards are also given to educators from outside the UK so they can attend the Annual GA conference (held in April each year). The closing date for application is 30th April each year, for the academic year starting the following September. For details and application form see the GA Web site at http://www.geography.org.uk/funding


Geography News

Geography news - Geography stories - Competitions - Geography and the News

Geographical simulations Liverpool Hope have set up a HPC (High Performance Machine) to run applications from the Geography world, such as, weather simulation, earthquake simulation and prediction,  seismic analysis, urban modelling or other visual simulations which require a lot of computing power and could benefit from parallel computing. Read nore - contact Ashutosh Sharma

Call for Papers
”Rural Development Challenges in the Face of Globalization”, Mountain Research and Development (MRD), the international journal that features key development-related research on mountains, is planning an issue on “Rural Development Challenges in the Face of Globalization” (MRD Vol 28 No 1, February 2008) in conjunction with the 2008/9 Cycle of the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD). email: susanne.wymann@cde.unibe.ch . For more information on the journal in general, visit: http://www.mrd-journal.org

Climatic change case studies: The Center for International Environmental Law is developing a database of case studies on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities. The case studies will be used to support climate change work on human rights, advocacy and policy development, adaptation, and education. For further information, please contact Craig Hart

Geo.Alp magazine, the first special edition is dedicated to the papers contributed to the 8th International Symposium on the Cultural Heritage in the Mining and Geo-Sciences. http://www.provinz.bz.it/lpa/news/news_d.asp?art=180334&HLM=

'Give Geography its Place' Campaign website The site seeks to raise the profile of Geography in all forms of the media, to increase awareness of the importance of Geography and the vital role that it plays in schools, colleges and universities in preparing young people for life in the 21st century. http://www.passion4geography.co.uk/

IGU News: The 2008 International Geographical Congress on Construire ensemble nos territories will take place from 12th-15th August 2008 at the Kram Exhibition Centre, Tunis. Further details to be available soon. The 2010 IGU Regional Conference will take place in Tel Aviv

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The Alps ideal for generating solar power, according to a study by the EU research laboratory for the environment in Ispra/I the profitability ratings for solar power installations in Alpine regions are similar to those of solar installations in southernmost Spain. Data on solar irradiance can be obtained for any location throughout Europe on the new EU web site

Dust cover speeds up snowmelt, A new study reveals that dust blown hundreds of kilometres by the wind from erosion zones or dry regions is capable of speeding up the snowmelt in the mountains of Colorado/USA by around one month, The study was published on 23 June in the Geophysical Research Letters (Vol. 34, No. 12),

Is sustainability marketable in the winter-sports industry? The aim of the SkiSustain research project is to help create efficient and sustainable business models for ski resorts in the face of climate change and socio-economic changes. http://www.save-snow.com

The Lötschberg base tunnel in Switzerland has opened after a construction period of eight years. At 34.6 km it is the third longest railway tunnel in the world. http://www.blsalptransit.ch

Maps of the Alps available for download from the EURAC Project homepage, from the project entitled AGRALP - Development of Mountain Areas (http://www.eurac.edu/agralp) has 200 theme-based maps for downloading.

Volunteers take environmental concern to new levels in Romania, http://tinyurl.com/24o5c7

Google announces a simple new way to embed Google Maps, Google Maps users can add a map to their website or blog just by copying & pasting a snippet of html. This new functionality enables Google Maps users to share and disseminate geographic information in the same way that YouTube users share videos. read more - an example

Air France In-flight satellite images to be displayed soon on selected Air France flights, thanks to satellite images provided by the European Space Agency. http://www.geoinformatics.com/asp/default.asp?t=article&newsid=3319

Climate change campaigners strip naked on melting glacier, Switzerland's Aletsch Glacier was recently the scene of an unusual protest action. Around 600 people gathered on the Alps's largest glacier to draw attention to the impact of climate change - by stripping off completely. The participants, who had travelled from all over Europe, were positioned on the Glacier in a variety of ways by photographers and five camera crews, and photographed from all sorts of angles. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/08/18/2008810.htm

"SUSPORT" (SUstainibility & SPORT) is the name given to the environmental and sustainability concept for organisers of sporting events Besides mobility and transport, accommodation, energy balance and waste prevention, the concept also addresses cultural and social issues. http://www.wg2007.com/

Mapping With The Maasai innovations report (http://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/studien/bericht-86276.html) aims to develop a new cultural mapping to help the Maasai represent their deep understanding of their land through 'virtual eyes'.


Geo-News from About.com

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The Eric Wolf Prize was created by the Political Ecology Society (PESO) and it features dissertation research in the field of political ecology. Last year the inaugural award went to a geographer. Details at: http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/

The Great Linnaeus Challenge is a competition for secondary schools that focuses on the topic of the environment. Entries are to be in the form of a class project and the best project wins a study trip to Swedish Lapland. The aim of the competition is to engage young people in the challenges posed by the environmental situation of today. Website: http://www.linnaeus300.com/school/the-great-linnaeus-school-challenge/

Bringing Europe's 50th Birthday to schools(http://www.50years.eun.org/ww/en/pub/50years/homepage.htm) 50 Years Together in Diversity school competition that aims to raise awareness about European cultural values, the milestones of European integration and the 50 years of unity in diversity. The competition is intended to enhance and support European citizenship education in schools, in the year when the European Union celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Development Youth Prize 2007 (http://www.dyp2007.org/ww/en/pub/dyp2007/homepage.htm) is now open for your entries. The focus is on sustainable development in Africa. Students aged 16-18 from around Europe are invited to submit their artworks on three new themes: climate change, water and energy and sustainable tourism. The national winners and the runners-up in each country will be invited together with their teachers for a two-day stay in Brussels. This visit will include a prize-giving ceremony where pupils will be awarded their prizes as national winners. Deadline for submissions: 6 January 2008

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Africa: Satellite imagery and GIS technology improve wildlife conservation in Virunga National Park, http://www.prweb.com/releases/satellite/gis/prweb545494.htm

Antarctic: Chinese scientists to install glacier monitoring network in Antarctic, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/008200708231331.htm

Arctic: 40% of Arctic ice cap will be gone by midcentury, Seattle scientists say - more

Australia: Making rain in drought-parched Queensland, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1649048,00.html

Australia: blowing pollution onto NZ glaciers, http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/2007/2001651.htm

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Botswana: lake that came back to life, http://greatreporter.com/mambo/content/view/1508/1/

Host of factors hinder Drakensberg tourism, http://www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=&fArticleId=4018555

Chile: glaciers are melting at twice the speed observed just ten years ago, say scientists, http://www.mercopress.com/vernoticia.do?id=11313&formato=HTML

Himalaya: Dust over Himalayas may change climate, http://tinyurl.com/3yrwz5

Libya hopes Green Mountain project will cleanse tainted past, http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/09/12/10152960.html

Mexico: Glaciers wasting away on Mexico's legendary peaks, read more

Mexico: Hurricane Dean slams central Mexico, http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2007/08/24/2003375624

Mount Steele slide called 'massive', read more

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Philippines: Cloud seeding receives more funds, http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view_article.php?article_id=79838

Philippines: Department of Tourism set to improve eco-tourism programme, http://www.bayanihan.org/html/article.php/20070620122130866

New Zealand dairy farmers look to yaks, http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1338519

Peru: Deadly earthquake strikes, http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/08/15/peru.earthquake/

Pinatubo: The business of Mt. Pinatubo’s sand, http://tinyurl.com/3y64d3

Sarawak: Indigenous people of Sarawak want development, http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=268439

Switzerland: Swiss open world's longest land tunnel, speeding Alpine travel, freight

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Taiwan: Alishan railway disrupted by landslide, http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/113271.htm

Tibet: Tibetan sacred lands: A values-based approach to conservation, http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5333

USA: Environmentalists split over proposed $400M Belleayre Mountain ski resort, http://tinyurl.com/35lrw6

USA: Glacier National Park rapidly losing its glaciers, read on

World: Mapping mountains from space with GOCE, http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMI9DWUP4F_index_0.html

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SOME GREAT RESOURCES (in no particular order) Books - Web sites - Conferences

GIS Lessons: Leave and retrieve GIS lessons at http://www.esri.com/arclessons

INLT The latest edition of the INLT newsletter is now up on the INLT Web site

International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) has published its latest issue at http://www.i-jet.org. See the Table of Contents and then visit the web site to review articles and items of interest.

Sustainable Agriculture E-LEISA is the quarterly news brief that brings you up to date
with field-based experiences and developments on Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA). online at http://www.leisa.info

Human Rights article: "In our hands: human rights as a way of life", http://www.pdhre.org/koenig07-aba.pdf

Education indicators just published. UNESCO: new data centre

The latest issue of Information Development (http://idv.sagepub.com/) is on
GIS and spatial information for rural development

Sarepta shows how GIS can analyse spatial data, or information about the Earth. The Earth’s climate, natural hazards, population, geology, vegetation, soils, land use, and other characteristics can be analysed using computerized maps, aerial photographs, satellite images, databases, and graphs, http://www.sarepta.org/en/folder.php?aid=337

NOAA magazine: Coastal Services is available online at http://www.csc.noaa.gov/magazine/2007/03/article3.html

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 27 No 2, on the theme "Impacts of
Migration on Societies and Ecosystems" has been published. Abstracts of articles are available at http://www.mrd-journal.org

Mountain Forum Bulletin on the theme 'Melting Mountains' is available online at


Proceedings of the IGU-CGE Symposium in Lucerne are now available: S. Reinfried, Y. Schleicher, A. Rempfler (Editors): Geographical Views on Education for Sustainable Development. Proceedings of the Lucerne-Symposium, Switzerland, July 29-31, 2007. Geographiedidaktische Forschungen, Volume 42, 2007. Book-Orders are possible via email – please contact Yvonne Schleicher schleicher@ph-weingarten.de. The price for the book & postage is 24 Euro.

Z_GIS presents new book publication, 'Geoinformation for Development - Bridging the divide through partnerships', Peter Zeil, Stefan Kienberger (Eds.). This is available at Wichmann Verlag..

A book on local area projects related to sustainable development (many on water and water management) is the result of collaboration between the Commission for Geographical Education and the IGU, now available from ACER Press. Royalties will go to further projects. For details

Companion is a campaign guide about education and learning for change in Diversity, Human Rights and Participation. It has been produced under the Council of Europe's Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights, and Participation “All Different-All Equal”. pdf version

Web sites

Google's Street View (http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/) uses lots and lots and lots of still photos to give us an eye-level view of the major roads in several US cities. There is a video tutorial to get you started.

Microsoft Maps Live Search (http://maps.live.com/) uses aerial images shot from an angle and from nearer the earth's surface to supplement its core satellite maps. So, whereas a satellite map gives you a rather flat view, the other aerial images add a real dimension to the image, and show off incredible detail.

Climatic Change Web site produced by Nature (http://www.nature.com/climate/index.html) has in-depth coverage on "the news behind the science, and the science behind the news". Blog on climatic change http://blogs.nature.com/climatefeedback/

LearningForSustainability website (http://learningforsustainability.net) has been substantially revised and updated. It focusses on sustainability issues such as environmental change, and provides an on-line guide to support multi-stakeholder learning processes.

Open Education Resources a new web site that showcases courses, case studies and video documentaries mainly dealing with environmental issues, http://www.onlinelearning.unu.edu/

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Ecotourism website from Lao National Tourism Administration, http://www.ecotourismlaos.com was nominated for a 2007 Planeta Ecotourism Spotlight Award.

Earth Learning Idea (http://www.earthlearningidea.com) a new web site with new teaching ideas each month. October has a tsunami through the window. The activity is in both English and Spanish. See the blog at http://earthlearningidea.blogspot.com

50 years in Space (http://www.sarepta.org/en/folder.php?aid=209&bid=246) Fifty years ago on October 4th 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artifical satellite. Sputnik 1 was a shere of aluminium, 56 cm in diameter, with four long antenna. The Space Race had begun. News including student competition http://www.sarepta.org/en/notiser.php?aid=348

The Globe (http://www.globaldimension.org.uk/newsletters/v.aspx?n=67) from September 2007, News and reviews from the Global Dimension website

OpenLayers as a way of displaying survey maps in a browser. http://openlayers.org/

RedMontañas, Spain (http://www.redmontanas.org) aims to raise awareness on mountains among Spanish politicians, environmental authorities and all levels of society.

NASA Presents Act Now for Educators and Students, http://www.sarepta.org/en/notiser.php?aid=348

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EducaPoles To celebrate International Polar Year 2007-2008, Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer will attempt a traverse from Siberia to the south of the Greenland on skis. As part of their journey, they will participate in a full educational programmeand a range of scientific studies and take measurements and samplings under the guise of several polar research institutes. Read more

European Researchers Mobility Portal, at http://ec.europa.eu/eracareers

Wikis in Education: Wots a wiki? A wiki is essentially a website constructed in such a way as to allow users to change content on the site. The first wiki was created in 1994 and placed online in 1995, used mostly by technical people to develop and maintain dynamic knowledge bases. More at fastfind

Public participation in the use of GIS - a new Google Search Engine

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Conferences and Events 2007 - 2008


25 - 28 October 2007 III International Seminar on Mountain Tourism, sustainable Tourism in the Montane Protected areas, in Sucha Beskidzka (Poland), contact Christian Baumgartner, christian.baumgartner@nfi.at, fax: ++43 1 8129789

24 October Conference entitled "Towards a post-carbon society - European research on economic incentives and social behaviour" which will take place, entrance free, at the European Commission, Rue de la Loi 170, Charlemagne building. Web: http://postcarbonsociety.teamwork.fr/

12 - 15 November, 2007, International Symposium on Mitigative Measures Against Snow Avalanches, Egilsstadir, Iceland. Email: vfi@vfi.is - details

12 - 16 November 28th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2007), Malaysia, http://www.macres.gov.my/acrs2007/main.html

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22 - 24 February: Primary Geography Conference at Charney Manor in Oxfordshire, UK. Contact Simon Catling fir further details

2008 SfAAs relating the practice of PGIS and applied anthropology. The theme for the meeting is The Public Sphere and Engaged Scholarship: Opportunities and Challenges for Applied Anthropology. The full description can be found at http://www.sfaa.net/sfaa2008.html.

February Living with climate change: are there limits to adaptation? Royal Geographical Society, London. Submit a paper here:

3 - 5 March 2008 INTED2008: International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, Web: http://www.iated.org/inted2008

15 - 19 April, the 2008 Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting

July 2008, AGIT Conference 2008: includes the GIS forum, http://www.agit.at/

14 - 18 July, 12th Biennial Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England, http://www.iascp.org/iasc08/2008themes.html

15 - 23 July 16th International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) on Humanity, Development and Cultural Diversity will be held in Kunming, Yunnan, China, Web: http://www.icaes2008.org/enindex.htm

12 - 15 August 2008 31st International Geographic Congress, "Construire ensemble nos territories", Kram Exhibition Centre, Tunis, Tunisia. Contact Toumi@fshst.rnu.tn for further details.

2 -3 August Education User Conference, San Diego, California, http://www.esri.com/events/uc/index.html

4 - 8 August, ESRI User conference, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, http://www.esri.com/events/uc/index.html

4 -7 September HERODOT International Conference in Liverpool, details to follow

8-11 September Tenth International Symposium on High Mountain Remote Sensing Cartography, Kathmandu, Nepal, for further information, email Pradeep Mool: pmool@icimod.org Governing shared resources: Connecting local experience to global challenges

SEAGA2008 in Manila, Philippines. Further information from Pamela Crosby seagasec@yahoo.com

If you have any news, would like to publicise events then please contact Karl Donert or Glenda Wall

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For Students

HERODOT and other competitions
As part of the theme 21st century Geography: promoting Geography, HERODOT announces two great competitions for students with some great prizes.

  • Geography film making competition - further details and entry form
  • Geoinformaiton Poster 2008 competition - details available soon.

Another competition
Remote Sensing News including student competition, http://www.sarepta.org/en/notiser.php?aid=348

We would love to get your feedback about our newsletter. Please contact Karl Donert or Glenda Wall

Liverpool Hope University College
Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD, UK
Tel. +44 151 291 3042; Fax: 0151 291 3116
email: donertk@hope.ac.uk