Topic: Sustainability

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Using remote sensing to detect changes in soil surface elevation

Agriculture tillage is the process of ripping the soil to prepare it for planting. This is the most common management method in U.S. agriculture. Remote sensing contributes to the monitoring of topographical and land morphological changes. A new paper in the Journal of Surveying Engineering, "Comparison of sUAS Photogrammetry and TLS for Detecting Changes in Soil Surface Elevations Following Deep Tillage," assesses the effectiveness...

Floating, nature-forward campus imagined for New York Harbor

Seven man-made “disc” islands that are linked via walkways and surrounded by floating wetlands are designed for humans and flora and fauna.

Slideshow: ‘Leaning’ library to offer expansive views, lessen solar gain in South Korea

The design of a multistory, rounded library protects south-facing interiors from solar gain in summer while maximizing thermal gain in winter.

Companies join forces to develop carbon-negative bioenergy facility

The facility will use biomass to generate electricity. The carbon dioxide produced during that generation will be sequestered underground.

New paper maps spatial and temporal evolution of ditch networks

A new paper in the "Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering" uses aerial images to provide new insight into temporal and special distribution of catchment-scale peatland drainage.

Construction begins on NYC waterfront park, beach

A portion of a “forgotten” New York City street will become a new park on the edge of Manhattan, helping soften the city’s waterfront.

Buro Happold sets ambitious company and client climate targets

The global engineering consulting firm Buro Happold recently set ambitious targets for achieving net-zero carbon status as a company and reducing the carbon emissions of its clients.

Now is (finally) the time to future-proof our infrastructure

Constantine Samaras and Mikhail Chester write of the unique opportunity afforded by the upcoming infrastructure bill in Congress, presenting it as a chance to finally address the country’s need for climate-resilient infrastructure.

SEI Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Program takes aim at embodied carbon

The SEI Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Program provides structural engineers with the tools and resources necessary to contribute and track projects toward the vision of net-zero embodied carbon structures by 2050.

Would you believe what wood can achieve?

University of Maryland researchers are turning trees into super-strong, nearly invisible, and definitely “cool” building materials.