Mapping Rhode Island

“Maps are more about their makers than the places they describe.
Map who you are. Map where you are. Fill the map with a story, or paint your favorite cup of coffee.
Map the invisible. Map the obvious. Map your memories.”


The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island has put together an event that will have some obvious relevance to RIGEA members.  Please consider supporting this activity. 

Winter from Satellite Imagery


Geography has one foot firmly lodged in quantifiable sciences, and another that eludes quantification.  A satellite image is loaded with spatial data, and yet this image also has an artistic beauty and I hope every geographer maintains a sense of wonder at the details and beauty of the Earth.

As stated by the folks at Cape Cod weather regarding this image: “Check out the ice and snow in Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound. Look close at the southeast corner of Cape Cod Bay (north side of Yarmouth to Eastham) and eastern side of Buzzards Bay (Bourne and Falmouth shores)…you can see the ice is really packed in thick!”


Images of Human/Environmental Interactions

The blizzard of 2015 blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly 3-feet high in some places.

As of 1 p.m. Monday, Boston set a new record for snowiest seven-day period in the city’s history with 34.2 inches.


Weather is one of the most tangible ways in which the physical environment impacts society.  We depend on sunlight and rainfall, we adapt our behaviors to harsh conditions and we are constantly modifying the our environments by heating and cooling our buildings.  This Henry David Thoreau quote reminds us to acknowledge the powerful influence of the environment and to recognize that technological fixes have their limitations.  “Live in each season as it passes…and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” –Henry David Thoreau

Question to Ponder: In what ways does the weather shape and influence culture and spatial patterns in your region?  How can we make our communities more handicap accessible during winter storms and other extreme conditions?

Tags: environmentweather and climateenvironment depend, environment adapt, environment modify, disasters.

‘Potentially historic’ snow storm takes aim at Northeast this week

New York City could see 20 inches of snow when all is said and done. Snow totals in Boston could rival the snowiest storm the city has ever seen: 27.6 inches on Feb. 17-18, 2003.

The Weather Service in New York City has dubbed it a “potentially historic nor’easter.” Forecasters in Boston are calling it a “text book case” for a New England blizzard. And residents from Philadelphia to New York are being advised to change their travel plans for the blockbuster winter storm that will impact the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday.


Geography Workshops at Salve Regina

The next three Saturdays (1/24, 1/31 and 2/7), our alliance coordinator will be hosting a series of workshops at Salve Regina from 9am to 1pm in the McKillop Library (Room 006). This partnership with their history department is designed to help prepare pre-service teachers to become certified and pass the geography portion of the Praxis Exam.  If you are interested in attending for credit you can register through Salve Regina; if you would like to simply attend one or all of the workshops, drop a line to see what can be arranged (  I envision this as a way to help some aspiring teachers and the intellecutally curious to strengthen their intellectual geographic foundation.


2015 Summer Leadership Institute: Middle East in Transition

The Choices Leadership Institute is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Choices Program’s award-winning curriculum materials and approach, and to plan strategies for introducing the Choices Program to your colleagues.  Participants will examine strategies for engaging secondary students in the study of contested international issues, share best practices with other dedicated teachers, and explore methods for conducting effective professional development.  The Institute will be held July 13-17, 2015 in Providence RI and the deadline to apply will be March 16, 2015Click here to apply.


Rhode Island Names

Rhode Islanders might be used to places with names like “Chepiwanoxet” and “Scituate” but these eight West Coasters are DEFINITELY not. Their first attempt to pronounce these words is one hilarious trainwreck that you just can’t take your eyes off of.


The Best of 2014 GeoEd Style

“The best 30 resources and posts on Geography Education from 2014.”


‘Tis the season to look back on the year that was.  There are some ‘Best of’ lists with great teaching applications produced this week such as the best satellite images of 2014, the worst natural disasters of 2014, and 50 states in 50 pictures.  Our Alliance Coordinator has analyzed all the Geography Education resources he shared this year and selected these 30 as the best, most important, or most useful resources from 2014.