10 Essential Questions to Ask Before Selecting a New eCRM System
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This post is provided courtesy of Engaging Networks Accredited Partner, Zuri GroupSo, you’re ready to transition to a new nonprofit eCRM system. An electronic customer relationship management (eCRM) system transition requires thoughtful consideration of your team’s immediate needs and future goals. Before deciding which eCRM to implement, it’s essential to determine how exactly your current system both benefits and hinders those goals. Improving your team’s use of the current system is nearly always the faster and much less expensive route. Can you identify business objectives that the current system simply isn’t capable of meeting?

What's In That Water? 'Geochemical Santa Claus' Offers New Data To Climate Modelers
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That new data should help researchers make better models of Earth’s past and future climate. This is a number that so many modelers have wanted,” says lead study author Kimberley Mayfield, with a laugh. The additional data should lead to better models of Earth’s past climate, says Matthew Charette, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-author on the paper. He says improving models of the past should help us better understand the current changes in Earth’s climate. “We want to improve climate models for reasons that I believe are obvious at this point,” says Mayfield.

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Lane Abrams
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In 1991, Abrams was working as an electrical engineer at Bell Labs in New Jersey, when he saw a help wanted ad in the Boston Globe for the Alvin Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Abrams’ group reconfigured the electrical systems during the last overhaul, anticipating that the group was set to extend its range from 4,500 to 6,500 meters. This is the second interview in a multi-part series with members of the Alvin Group. Oceanus: What do you do for the Alvin Group? We’ve purposely built Alvin so that the electrical system is a small part of what is required to keep people safe.

Potent Atmospheric Rivers Douse the Pacific Northwest
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The culprit was a phenomenon known as an atmospheric river. Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow bands of moisture that move like a river in the sky, carrying water vapor from the equator toward the poles. The animation above shows the signature of atmospheric rivers, including a particularly potent event that doused parts of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. By the end of the animation (January 18), an atmospheric river system appeared to connect British Columbia and southeastern Alaska to Hawaii. Research has shown that more than 80 percent of western U.S. flood damage over a 40-year period was due to atmospheric rivers.

Greater data access gives Northeast fishermen an edge against a warming ocean
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One of those obstacles occurred last month, when warm water from the Gulf Stream seeped into fishing and lobstering grounds around Block Island. Together, the two have been engaged in a long-term data collection effort to track changes occurring over the continental shelf waters. DANIEL: Normally, Ellertson hears about these warm core rings from Glen. We give fishermen access to the data always, so they have ownership of the data. DANIEL: Gawarkiewicz says this bodes well for adaptation in New England’s fisheries, at a time when warming seas will likely mean more frequent warm core rings, something he says is already evident in historical data.

Bow Lake, Canada by John Pedersen
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Picture StoryLast winter before the pandemic shut down travel, I ventured to Canada to photograph the area around Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway. On this particular day we were traveling back from a sunrise shoot at Abraham Lake and the methane bubbles. However, when we came upon Bow Lake and saw the way the clouds were in the sky and the broad unbroken expanse of the frozen lake, we knew we had to stop. With a lot of work, I managed to stomp out a trail down to the edge of the lake were I set up my tripod and camera. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Half Dome, Yosemite, California, USA by Fereshte Faustini
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Picture StoryOne calm, crisp cold morning, I found myself basking in the quiet of Yosemite Valley. I had been in Yosemite National Park for a few days to take advantage of the Sierra winter storm for some moodier photography opportunities. The scene before me was wondrous: Yosemite's majestic Half Dome, peeking through the snow-covered valley, completely sun-kissed, golden, and luminous, reflecting gently on the half-frozen water below. This is why Yosemite continues to be one of the most incredible National Parks. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Mastbos, Breda, The Netherlands by Fabrizio Micciche
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A winter scene with a deer in the middle of the frame looking at me. It was the second day of snow in The Netherlands and took my chances to capture some shot while snowing early morning. I decided to go deeper into the woods hoping some wind shielding offered by the tall trees. I couldn't wish for a better winter shot! Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio, USA by Roy Goldsberry
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Picture StoryI have been to visit Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, Ohio several times. There are several, separated areas that make up the park, and we decided to start with Old Mans Cave the next morning. That had us starting at the upper falls end, and then following the stream past the cave and on to the lower falls. Many pathways and stairs were fully covered by ice, and we had ice cleats for our boots. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Frosty Morning, Welburn, England by Richard Burdon
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We’d had a cold spell and the temperature had been below zero all week, but all my efforts to capture a winter scene had eluded me so far. This feeling of elation must be the same sort of emotion film workers experience when they see an image appear in their developing tray. I love the delicacy of the frost on the tree and the background just visible in the morning mist gives me that separation and simplicity I was looking for. Two hours after this shot was taken, it thawed and never froze again for the remainder of the year. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Cave Point, Door County, WI, USA by Daniel Anderson
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Picture StoryI am fortunate to live in Wisconsin at the tip of an 80 mile long peninsula that extends out into Lake Michigan. There are wonderful photographic opportunities in every season but my favorite time is winter. That does not mean that it is always easy or pleasant to photograph at this time and this image is a perfect example of that. Time of the day is important here and since this area faces east, sunrise is the obvious most optimal time to be here. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Sandakphu, West Bengal, India by Debarshi Das
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Picture StoryKangchenjunga, also spelled Kanchenjunga, is the third highest mountain in the world. It lies between Nepal and Sikkim, India, with three of the five peaks (Main, Central, and South) directly on the border, and the remaining two (West and Kangbachen) in Nepal's Taplejung District. Allowing for further verification of all calculations, it was officially announced in 1856 that Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. This is the last light of the sun touching the grand view of Kachnejunga from the highest point of West Bengal state of India. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Weser, Weyhe, Germany by Vivien Renziehausen
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Picture StoryThe coldest day since about 4 years! This morning we had -17°C and my fingers froze within seconds when I took my gloves off to change the lens. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your personal portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 400,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45.

Deep Creek, Idaho, USA by Nancy Russell
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Picture StoryOne of my favorite places to photograph close to home is at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge in northern Idaho. This December day was cold and foggy and the trees on the mountains were covered with a fresh snow fall. I was hiking along Deep Creek and photographing many different scenes with wide angle and zoom lenses. I came upon these two trees with snow on the bark and then noticed the distant scene. I felt like I was looking through a window into Deep Creek and the Selkirk Mountains in the background.

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada by Susan Dykstra
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Picture StoryIn my home town of Thunder Bay we rarely get this beautiful hoarfrost in the valley. On this particular day it was amazing to see that it was so thick with frost and lasted most of the day. As I lie on my back in the snow I was looking for pleasing compositions of the white branches covered with frost against the blue of the sky. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Sparta, WI, USA by Jackie Hubbard
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The woods creaked and swayed in the somberness of dying daylight, and I stood there beneath this tree. The branches were eerily twisting in all directions trying to reach to the top of the overcast sky. It stood there dormant and dark, seeming at first eerie with it’s bent branches and coarse, brown bark. With one click I had encapsulated this tree in that simple, sullen, solitary moment for the rest of time. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Jasper NP, Alberta, Canada by Larry Day
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Picture StoryTrudging through heavy snow in the mountains, I had expected to come across some stunning wide vista. Instead, the heavy fresh snow had made unique images throughout the fallen trees. I reminded myself as I trudged on that the beautiful nature I was in was home to much more than people visiting National Parks. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

A Glowing Plume Over Mount Etna
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There is nothing particularly unusual about Mount Etna flinging lava, volcanic ash, or molten rocks into the air. Yet even experienced Etna watchers have been wowed by the intensity of the volcano’s unrest in February 2021. Southeast Crater is one of four summit craters on the volcano and the youngest; it formed in 1971. At times, lava fountains soared as high as 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), about 3 times the height of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States. Paroxysms of similar intensity have occurred at Mount Etna at least four times since 1989, and the volcano has produced roughly 250 paroxysms of various strengths since 1977, said Boris Behncke, also with INGV.

Tracking changes in the Arctic Ocean
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The Arctic Ocean is a dynamic place, and climate change is making it even more so. That picture is gradually becoming clearer, thanks to data collected by the Beaufort Gyre Observation System (BGOS), an ocean monitoring network developed and maintained by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers for nearly two decades. As one of the primary drivers of Arctic Ocean circulation, researchers are closely monitoring this gyre to understand changes in the Arctic region and how it affects the climate at lower latitudes. More than 160 publications have tapped into data from BGOS in recent years, covering such topics as ocean circulation, sea ice changes, and ecosystem and biogeochemistry dynamics. One recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed a clear correlation between summer ice melt and the formation of high-energy swirling water masses known as eddies in the Arctic Ocean.

Mount Seymour, British Columbia, Canada by Michael Elkan
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Picture StoryFrom my home at sea level in Vancouver, British Columbia I look up at Mount Seymour in the North Shore Mountains. While it rarely snows in the city, the mountain peaks display their snowy summits throughout the winter. A good road zig-zags up Mount Seymour to provide winter access to a trail head used by back-country skiers and snow-shoe hikers. After climbing 45 Minutes, well before sunrise, I no longer need the headlamp as the eastern sky began to brighten. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

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