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Ebola deaths

The distribution of deaths caused by the Ebola disease so far in the recent outbreak has been mapped, as efforts to control the spread intensify
Satellite data reveals that over the last decade, Africa, as a whole, has become both wetter and greener

Water worlds

Chlorophyll concentrations in the world’s oceans are important indicators for the presence of algae and other plant-like organisms that carry out photosynthesis

Global tree cover

There is a long tradition in the emotional relationship between people and forests. We can get an understanding of the extent of the global tree cover from satellite sensors such as NASA’s MODIS

Cartography and catastrophe

When disaster strikes, the United Nations turns to a charity based in a tiny Buckinghamshire hamlet. Tom Hart discovers how Map Action charts disasters that range from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to the refugee crisis in the Middle East
A team of researchers has used integrated radar observations from a consortium of international satellites to create the first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica

Global salinity

Satellite data collected by NASA’s new Aquarius instrument has been used to create a detailed new map of global salinity
The Met Office has developed a new map that shows the impact that climate change could have on the whole planet by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue to rise
A team of researchers at Imperial College London launches a detailed atlas of fine-scale environment and health maps for England and Wales
EU researchers develop mapping software that uses correlations of environmental and health data to identify areas that are at risk of disease outbreaks
A team led by researchers from the University of Maryland has produced the first high-resolution map of global forest extent, loss and gain
How do cartographers and explorers come up with new names for locations and features in relatively recently discovered parts of the world? Adrian Fox and Kate Bazeley explore the history of naming Antarctica
A pair of University of Cincinnati researchers has used computer algorithms to develop a novel method for creating landscape maps
A team of US researchers has developed an online map through which users can view how people organise themselves according to variables such as age, income, race and household size in cities across the USA
A team of scientists has found evidence of an enormous, previously unknown canyon hidden under the Greenland ice
A team of NASA scientists has used satellite data to create the most detailed global maps of plant photosynthesis ever produced

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