Land Cover Atlas helps communities “see” vulnerabilities and craft stronger resilience plans
A new NOAA nationwide analysis shows that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions -- can area larger than the state of Wisconsin -- experienced changes in land cover, including a decline in wetlands and forest cover with development a major contributing factor.
Overall, 8.2 percent of the nation’s ocean and Great Lakes coastal regions experienced these changes. In analysis of the five year period between 2001-2006, coastal areas accounted for 43 percent of all land cover change in the continental U.S. This report identifies a wide variety of land cover changes that can intensify climate change risks, such as loss of coastal barriers to sea level rise and storm surge, and includes environmental data that can help coastal managers improve community resilience.
"Land cover maps document what's happening on the ground. By showing how that land cover has changed over time, scientists can determine how these changes impact our plant’s environmental health," said Nate Herold, a NOAA physical scientist who directs the mapping effort at NOAA's Coastal Services Center in Charleston, South Carolina.
Among the significant changes were the loss of 1,536 square miles of wetlands, and a decline in total forest cover by 6.1 percent.
The findings mirror similar changes in coastal wetland land cover loss reported in the November 2013 report, Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Conterminous United States 2004 to 2009, an interagency supported analysis published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA.
This new NOAA analysis adds to the 2013 report with more recent data and includes loss of forest cover in an overall larger land area survey. Both wetlands and forest cover are critical to the promotion and protection of coastal habitat for the nation’s multi-billion dollar commercial and recreational fishing industries.
Development was a major contributing factor in the decline of both categories of land cover. Wetland loss due to development equals 642 square miles, a disappearance rate averaging 61 football fields lost daily. Forest changes overall totaled 27,515 square miles, equaling West Virginia, Rhode Island and Delaware combined. This total impact, however, was partially offset by reforestation growth. Still, the net forest cover loss was 16,483 square miles.
These findings, and many others, are viewable via the Land Cover Atlas program from the NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). Standardized NOAA maps allow scientists to compare maps from different regions and maps from the same place but from different years, providing easily accessible data that are critically important to scientists, managers, and city planners as the U.S. population along the coastline continues to grow.
“The ability to mitigate the growing evidence of climate change along our coasts with rising sea levels already impacting coastlines in ways not imaged just a few years ago makes the data available through the Land Cover Atlas program critically important to coastal resilience planning,” said Margaret Davidson, National Ocean Service senior advisor for coastal inundation and resilience science services.
C-CAP data identify a wide variety of land cover changes that can intensify climate change risks — for example, forest or wetland losses that threaten to worsen flooding and water quality issues or weaken the area’s fishing and forestry industries. The atlas’s visuals help make NOAA environmental data available to end users, enabling them to help the public better understand the importance of improving resilience.
“Seeing changes over five, 10, or even 15 years allows Land Cover Atlas users to focus on local hazard vulnerabilities and improve their resilience plans,” said Jeffrey L. Payne, Ph.D., acting director for NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. “For instance, the atlas has helped its users assess sea level rise hazards in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, high-risk areas for stormwater runoff in southern California, and the best habitat restoration sites in two watersheds of the Great Lakes.”
Selected Regional Findings – 1996 to 2011:
The Northeast region added more than 1,170 square miles of development, an area larger than Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the District of Columbia combined.
The West Coast region experienced a net loss of 3,200 square miles of forest (4,900 square miles of forests were cut while 1,700 square miles were regrown).
The Great Lakes was the only region to experience a net wetlands gain (69 square miles), chiefly because drought and lower lake levels changed water features into marsh or sandy beach.
The Southeast region lost 510 square miles of wetlands, with more than half this number replaced by development.
Many factors led to the Gulf Coast region’s loss of 996 square miles of wetlands, due to land subsidence and erosion, storms, man-made changes, sea level rise, and other factors.
On a positive note, local restoration activities, such as in Florida’s Everglades, and lake-level changes enabled some Gulf Coast and Southeast region communities to gain modest-sized wetland areas, although such gains did not make up for the larger regional wetland losses.
C-CAP moderate-resolution data on the Land Cover Atlas encompasses the intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands of 29 states fronting the oceans and Great Lakes. High-resolution data are available for select locations.
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What if there was only a single BCM/DR methodology that all organizations would follow? Would it be able to address the specific concerns of particular industries or generalize to the point where it adds no value? Would it be able to address all situations, all possible scenarios and all industries in all countries? How could any single methodology address every situation and every minute detail; taking into account language interpretation, definitions and culture? Could it be done?
If everything was the same and the same perspectives were leveraged it would make sense for what satisfies the needs of a manufacturer to use the same rationale that suits an insurance company. But that is impossible isn’t it? There are other concerns for a manufacturer has that an insurance company wouldn’t. That’s like saying what is good for one person is good for another. Well, we know that’s not correct because we are all individuals with our own wants, needs, desires…and dislikes.
There are thousands upon thousands of organizations in the world, so how can we ever expect that each of these will need the exact same BCM/DR solution or framework? We can’t.
Hospitals nationwide are hustling to prepare for the first traveler from West Africa who arrives in the emergency room with symptoms of infection with the Ebola virus.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said such a case is inevitable in the United States, and the agency this month issued the first extensive guidelines for hospitals on how recognize and treat Ebola patients.
The recommendations touch on everything from the safe handling of lab specimens to effective isolation of suspected Ebola patients. But one piece of advice in particular has roused opposition from worried hospital administrators.
The C.D.C. says that health care workers treating Ebola patients need only wear gloves, a fluid-resistant gown, eye protection and a face mask to prevent becoming infected with the virus. That is a far cry from the head-to-toe “moon suits” doctors, nurses and aides have been seeing on television reports about the outbreak.
Big Data isn’t just Hadoop and in-memory anymore. Big data technologies and tools have grown significantly over the past few years — so much so that it’s hard to keep up with them.
If you’d like to get up to snuff and are primarily interested in open source solutions, I recommend this CIOL.com column by Virenda Gupta, senior vice president at Huawei Technologies India.
He discusses new open source solutions in the areas of Big Data processing, analytics and mining. He also addresses Big Data virtualization, where he sees a shortage of comprehensive platforms.
(MCT) — Ebola is not the virus that keeps Marc Lipsitch up at night.
Lipsitch, a Harvard epidemiologist who grew up in Atlanta, is on a mission to eradicate human-engineered strains of deadly pathogens such as the H5N1 “bird flu.” Those strains exist only in a handful of labs, where they have been genetically altered to make the virus more contagious.
H5N1, which first infected humans in 1997 in China, has killed about 60 percent of the almost 700 people who have been diagnosed with it. Nearly all of them got sick through contact with infected birds; in nature, H5N1 does not pass easily from person to person.
If it acquires that ability in the wild before scientists have developed effective vaccines and treatments, many millions of people are likely to die.
(MCT) — The mean season has arrived.
During the 10-week stretch from mid-August through October, the most powerful storms tend to form in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It's also when South Florida is most likely to be struck.
"Almost all South Florida hurricanes and the vast majority of tropical storms have struck our area during these months," said meteorologist Robert Molleda of the National Weather Service in Miami.
Normally, ocean waters heat up and wind shear eases during the heart of the season, allowing tropical systems to form and grow.
The good news this year: Tropical waters should remain cooler than normal and wind shear stronger than normal over the entire Atlantic basin for the remainder of the hurricane season.
Proceeds Will Be Used to Support and Maintain Current Growth Rate
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. – LeadCloud, a fully transparent, cloud-based platform in the online marketing industry, announced today that it has raised $1M in a Series A round of funding, bringing its total funds raised to $1.2M.
Launched in January of 2013, LeadCloud (www.LeadCloud.us) has made tremendous progress in its first year and a half and is now one of the market leaders for integration platforms in the insurance industry. The company is seeing rapid growth in the education, mortgage, and home services industries as well.
From a business perspective, LeadCloud is a comprehensive lead platform for advertisers. Prior to LeadCloud, advertisers had to build individual real-time integrations to each lead seller, lead verification vendor, lead scoring vendor, outbound call center, quoting engine, and other lead services. In addition to this technical hurdle, transparency into the data and the ability to manage and optimize the entire lead life cycle in real time has been difficult because it often involved disparate tools and services. LeadCloud solves this problem by providing pre-built integrations with virtually all leading vendors as well as an advanced set of optimization, distribution, and management services, all available through one simple integration and dashboard.
From a technical perspective, LeadCloud is an iPaaS provider (integration platform as a service) offered from the Amazon web services (AWS) platform, which facilitates two-way lead flow across both cloud and enterprise systems. This integration platform is combined with a suite of .NET applications for customized optimization, distribution, and management of both purchased and internally generated data leads and clicks.
With their primary focus currently in the insurance vertical, LeadCloud also recently announced the launch of its new agent portal service. As part of its distribution suite of services, LeadCloud now offers insurance carriers and agencies a fully branded agent portal to handle all registration, management, and lead distribution services to their agent sales force. Leveraging all of the LeadCloud platform services, these free-standing branded portals include a site-wide CMS with roles-based authentication of content and services to the agents. Agents can register on their own and use the portal to manage key aspects of their lead buying in real time.
"We are very excited by the launch of this new service," said Brian Ocheltree, LeadCloud CEO, "as it represents not only a robust solution to a growing problem in the insurance industry but also a good example of how our investment in our robust platform can be furthered leveraged by quickly and seamlessly solving additional pain points for advertisers."
The LeadCloud team has built more than 250 custom partner integrations to date and has more than 50 advertisers using the platform so far. The industries currently supported are insurance, mortgage, education, and home services. The funding will be used for additional platform development and strategic sales and marketing program development.
LeadCloud is the first transparent lead marketplace allowing lead buyers to diversify, optimize, distribute, and manage their data from one single integration and dashboard. Headquartered in Ellicott City, Md., LeadCloud is currently active in the insurance, mortgage, education, and home services industries. More information can be found at www.LeadCloud.us.
LTE North America Conference Paves Road to LTE-Advanced
DALLAS, TX – August 18, 2014 – North America, globally the largest market for LTE subscriptions, will continue to see a rise in LTE subscribers throughout the coming years according to forecasts. LTE connections in North America grew to 115 million subscriptions, representing 30 percent of the 387 million total mobile subscriptions in the region at the end of the first quarter of 2014 alone. LTE connections are expected to hit about 131 million with a 33 percent share of mobile subscriptions when reporting is finalized for the second quarter. With four nationwide service providers achieving widespread coverage, the North American market remains in the leadership position of LTE market share worldwide. Operators are upgrading their networks with Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Self-Organizing Networks (SON), the beginning of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), plus the launch of LTE-Advanced and its many feature sets. Serving as a platform to discuss the next steps for LTE to meet increasing data traffic demands, LTE North America 2014, the leading 4G event in the region, will take place later this year from November 18 to 20 in Dallas.
The conference and exhibition will bring together key experts and decision makers across North America to discuss the latest topics facing the industry including: monetizing LTE, network optimization, LTE-Advanced and its feature sets such as carrier aggregation, service innovation, mobile backhaul and public safety LTE.
“LTE-Advanced provides a lot of runway for our next generation networks to support the huge upsurge in data traffic and connected devices,” stated Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. “With 13 LTE-Advanced commercial networks today and an expected 40 to 50 by the end of this year, there is great value to be derived from discussions at LTE North America,” Pearson added. “With 5G anticipated sometime in 2020 or later, the evolution of LTE beyond 3GPP Release 10 still has a tremendously innovative road ahead.”
Chris Pearson kicks off the conference with a keynote presentation on the data demand challenge and the important solutions offered by LTE-Advanced and beyond. Ron Marquardt, Vice President of Technology, Sprint Corporation, will also address the expansion and upgrading of LTE networks.
The conference boasts an impressive speaker line up including:
· Ron Marquardt, VP of Technology, Sprint Corporation
· Yasmin Karimli, Director of Radio Technology Development, T-Mobile USA
· JR Wilson, Vice President, Partnerships & Alliance, AT&T
· Carlos Sanchez, VP, Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T
· TJ Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority
· Julie Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
· Sue Monahan, CEO, Small Cells Forum
· Chris Pearson, President, 4G Americas
· Paula Doublin, AVP – Construction and Engineering, AT&T
· Patty Tikkala, VP Spectrum, Sprint
· Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute
· Philippe Andrès, Group Marketing North America Vice President, Orange
· Scott McCloud, Sr. VP & CTO, Bluegrass
· Dean Hardy, CTO, NetSet Communications
The conference will include tracks on public safety LTE as well as LTE Carrier Mindshare, an opportunity for the region’s carriers to come together and discuss the challenges they are facing with their networks. Signalling and Antenna Evolution Focus Days, along with discovery sessions on 5G and monetizing LTE will also be offered during the conference.
The LTE North America Awards will take place on the evening of November 19 to reward the organizations in the industry who have excelled in the innovation of products and services through a variety of LTE focused categories.
LTE North America will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas, TX on November 18 to 20. To plan your visit and view the full event program, or to register for the event, please visit http://americas.lteconference.com. Alternatively, keep up-to-date with the event on Twitter using @LTEWorldSeries or #LTENA. Service providers may attend the conference at no charge.
4G Americas is an official endorsing organization of LTE North America. Members of 4G Americas are eligible for a special conference rate.
Addresses the Demands of Fast-Growing Hyper-Convergence Market with Pre-Validations and Performance Predictability SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Maxta, a leading provider of hyper-converged storage solutions, today announced the MaxDeploy ™ Reference Architecture built on Intel® Server Boards and Systemsthat uses Maxta MxSP software-defined storage to maximize the promise of hyper-convergence. MaxDeploy delivers a new and flexible way of deploying hyper-converged solutions for the virtual data-center. MaxDeploy pre-defines and validates solutions running on popular server platforms to remove interoperability and performance guesswork, along with the need for proprietary hardware in hyper-converged solutions.Best-in-class technology for both compute and storage on Intel x86 servers provides simplification of management and significant cost savings for applications running on virtual machines. The MaxDeploy Reference Architecture built on Intel Server Boards and Systems and Maxta MxSP software running in a virtualized environment,offers a variety of business benefits to partners and customers. The repeatable and standard deployment model mitigates the risk of hardware or software compatibility issues, while simplifying and shortening deployment time and training. The reference architecture serves as a starting point for a variety of hardware and software configurations to meet end user application workloads. It delivers the flexibility to choose industry standard server vendor(s), storage media type and capacity, and network switches based on end user specific needs. Intel SSDs are also configured as part of this solution to demonstrate the interoperability of Maxta’s software-defined storage with Intel SATA SSDs and traditional hard disk drives.By leveraging MaxDeploy with Intel Server Boards and Systems, enterprises now have the flexibility to scale their environment on-demand without over provisioning resources. Maxta maximizes the promise of Hyper-convergence Maxta maximizes the promise of hyper-convergence for customers. It fills a key market gap in a segment that is expected to grow very rapidly by enabling a very cost effective hyper-converged infrastructure solution running on any standard x86 server, using any hypervisor, while still delivering all the enterprise class data services (snapshots, clones, replication) and capacity optimization (thin provisioning, inline compression and inline de-duplication) that users would typically get in a NAS or SAN storage array. The addition of MaxDeploy reference architecture takes Maxta’s solution one step further in delivering on the full promise of hyper-convergence by providing companies with pre-validated configurations, performance and peace of mind. MaxDeploy pre-validations include testing with server-side flash technology and magnetic disk drives to support a wide spectrum of cost / performance options. Maxta’s VM-centric solution greatly simplifies IT management and greatly reduces storage administration by enabling customers to manage VMs and not storage. Maxta will show its MaxDeploy converged infrastructure solutions at VMworld in San Francisco on August 24 – 27, 2014. Visit Maxta at Booth #305 to see demos of the MaxDeploy reference architecture. Supporting Quotes “We have seen dramatic growth in interest for hyper-converged systems over the last year,” said Yoram Novick, CEO of Maxta. “The introduction of MaxDeploy enables Maxta to provide our customers ease of ordering, predictability and most of all, vendor choice in hyper-converged solutions. MaxDeploy running on Intel Server Systems platforms is a strong validation that customers can realize the promise of hyper-convergence on high-performance Intel server platforms.” Yoram Novick, CEO, Maxta, Inc. “In addition to receiving the efficiencies and cost savings of hyper-convergence, customers can now leverage MaxDeploy for pre-validated configurations and predictability of performance,” said Al Diaz, Vice President and General Manager, Intel. “We believe that MaxDeploy and Intel Server Boards and Systems provide enterprises with more options for flexibility and capacity scalability.” Al Diaz, Vice President and General Manager, Intel “Maxta’s hyper-converged storage solution is an excellent fit for supporting the NCS Virtual Desktop application delivery platform for our customer base,” said Mike Turicchi, Chief Product Strategy Officer of NCS Technologies. “The combined solution consisting of NexServ servers powered by Intel PCSD and the Maxta software-defined storage platform for virtualized environments, minimizes the complexity and cost for our customers, while delivering consistent and predictable performance. We look forward to a successful partnership with Maxta.” Mike Turicchi, Chief Product Strategy Officer, NCS Resources • State of the Hyper-converged market • MaxDeploy Reference Architecture: Running on Intel Boards and Systems About Maxta Maxta maximizes the promise of hyper-convergence. Our software-defined storage solution gives you the choice to run on any x86 server with any drive type. The Maxta VM-centric solution simplifies IT management and reduces cost, all while delivering hyper-scale, enterprise-level data services and capacity optimization. Think outside the storage box. For more information visit www.maxta.com. Follow Maxta on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook About Intel Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com. About NCS Technologies, Inc. NCS Technologies, founded in 1996, builds high quality computing solutions for government, education, enterprise and OEM customers. More than one-half million NCS computing systems have been installed around the world. Visit www.ncst.com.
Calgary, AB – Userful™, a leading entry-level desktop virtualization company, and Nclouding Co. announced today an agreement whereby Nclouding Ltd. will install Userful Multiplatform with the Atrust m320 zero client device for customers throughout South Korea, as a more fully featured alternative to NComputing L300. Installations have already begun.
The unique architecture of Userful software appliance provides simplicity and performance, seamlessly delivering HD multimedia across a range of displays and operating environments. Userful leverages zero client devices to replace physical PCs at a lower cost than traditional PCs and with a 96% power savings. The browser-managed Userful solution goes beyond desktops powering interactive touch displays, digital signage and video walls.
“We’re very satisfied with the high performance of Userful and the Atrust m320 zero client,” said Michael Chun, founder and chief executive officer at Nclouding Co. Ltd. “The Userful solution can play many 1080p HD videos on YouTube simultaneously with maximum performance.” Chun said, “Nclouding started searching for an alternative virtualization solution when the NComputing hardware wasn’t performing up to our standards”.
“We received a lot of complaints from our customers due to the limited performance of the NComputing L300. In several aspects, the device could not meet our customers’ expectations. So we decided to look for an alternative and chose Userful after due consideration.”
Chun emphasized the value of easy installation and fast set up that Userful provides.
“We found that Userful installs on a host PC with ease and promptness. We also like the intuitive drag-and-drop user interface on the browser-based Userful control center. It is by far the best among those we have tested.”
“Some Userful features, such as not needing a Microsoft™ Windows operating system, greatly attracted us as did the ability to add digital signage. We recently introduced the digital signage to our key hospital client and they decided to adopt Userful immediately.”
With over 1 million virtualized desktops worldwide, Userful provides schools, libraries, small businesses and the world’s largest virtual desktop deployment, with a simple and low-cost desktop virtualization solution that offers significantly greater flexibility and performance than traditional products.
At $199 MSRP, including the device and software, Userful costs less than the NComputing L300 but includes an integrated hypervisor like traditional entry-level solutions like Citrix® VDI-in-a-Box and VMWare Horizon™ View. Userful also offers integrated cloud-client desktops, similar to the Chrome OS built into ChromeBoxes, and supports many other use cases.
NEW YORK, NY – KEMP Technologies announced today the availability of its most powerful offering in the Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) series, the VLM-10G. This new Virtual Load Balancer is ideal for largest virtual infrastructures, giving enterprise customers the ability to scale with their applications and user count. This latest offering gives customer an option to deploy a virtual load balancer where hardware appliances were previously the only viable solution.
KEMP is the leader in application-centric load balancing and this new virtual solution solidifies this position by offering customers extended performance capabilities in a virtual package. As IT continues to transition to more cost effective software-defined data centers, the VLM-10G empowers administrators to be more agile in deployment and delivery of business-critical applications.
The VLM’s high performance and capacity is capable of scaling up to 10Gbps throughput and 12,000 SSL transactions per second (TPS), while taking full advantage of the flexibility and elasticity of the underlying hypervisor it’s deployed on with support for ESXi, Hyper-V, KVM, Xen and Oracle VirtualBox. Additionally, the VLM-10G performance profile will also be extended to KEMP’s offerings for public cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and Amazon Web Services. As with the rest of KEMP’s LoadMaster family, the VLM-10G offers a comprehensive and versatile set of features while enhancing the performance of deployed applications.
· Standard Features: Full Layer 7 ADC functionality including content switching, SSL offloading, application health checking, session affinity, caching, compression, intrusion prevention, pre-authentication and single sign-on.
· Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB): Expands intelligent load balancing and application delivery beyond a single site to geographically dispersed locations via algorithms capable of selecting the best suited datacenter for client requests.
· High Performance: Scalability to 10Gbps throughput and 12,000 SSL TPS provides customers with a compelling virtual ADC alternative to mainstream hardware solutions.
· Versatility: Supports the widest variety of platforms such as VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, and Oracle VirtualBox.
“With KEMP continuing to advance its software offerings, the introduction of the VLM-10G is a testament to the boundaries we are consistently seeking to push. KEMP’s Virtual LoadMaster family is the industry standard for businesses seeking to deliver application services in virtualized environments,” said Peter Melerud, co-founder and EVP of product management, KEMP Technologies. “The VLM-10G reinforces the forward moving standard at KEMP and enables businesses to deploy and take advantage of the software-defined data center.”
About KEMP Technologies
KEMP is the leading provider of load balancer software used by over 22,000 enterprises and organizations that depend upon e-commerce, web and collaboration applications for their long-term success. KEMP helps companies rapidly grow their operations by providing 24/7 application availability, better web performance and secure operations – while providing platform flexibility across hardware, software and cloud ADC solutions.
KEMP's LoadMaster ADCs cover Layers 4-7 load balancing, SDN compatibility, web application firewall, content switching, server persistence, SSL offload/acceleration, and application front-end capabilities (caching, compression, IPS), including one full year of product support services, delivering industry-leading price/performance advantages.
The company is headquartered in New York City with significant operations in Limerick, Ireland. For more information, visit KEMPtechnologies.com, or call at +1 646-374-0060.