Design Thinking

“Design Thinking”

Think of it Design+Thinking

Bringing sustainable innovative solutions/ideas to a problem

We are over 7.4 billion people that live on this small blue planet. We have limited resources. Yes, there are boundaries, but we share air, water, the environment. Our growing energy needs are driving us towards both increasing the production and also finding alternate solutions.

Our prime concern these days towards design thinking should be directed towards environment because solutions we will bring up or have in future are on this planet or will emanate from this planet.

Just think about this idea – “If we place SOx, NOx, CO measurement system in a vehicle and place a control system in the vehicle such a way that if the pollution is more than the prescribed limits of vehicular emission a timer say 200 hours will start and if the driver/vehicle owner doesn’t get things in order the vehicle won’t get started after completion of 200 hours. In this way we will remove polluting vehicles of the road.”

Our work and research towards finding solutions to a problem if are not directed with an aim of sustainability in mind, then there will be more problems in future than there are now. It is the concept of Design Thinking that comes into picture. Without any previous set of data or analytics to a problem, one tends to find a solution by taking interviews of those affected, taking expert opinions and then come up with a solution.

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Global Map – Wind, Weather, Ocean

Wan’t to have a look at present condition of wind, weather and ocean

Here it is
earth.nullschool.net

You can see high winds, low pressure regions, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, arctic air circulation, ITCZ ( inter tropical convergence Zone).

Pretty useful, when planning travels or any of your solo outdoor adventures. Although don’t follow it just like that, combine it with local weather forecasts, but its fun and lot of learning by just looking at this.

 

Malthus is true but needs Revision

Thomas Robert Mathus theory, “Principle of Population” proposed that human population grows exponentially,while food production grows at an arithmetic rate.

Malthus theory has been questioned by many and there exist many critique for the same. Malthus theory’s final result targets towards the available food for the population, but in reality this theory needs revision, there needs to be added other factors.

Population Growth+Energy Demand+Environmental Degradation together will bring the final output i.e. decreased availability of quality and real food.

Quality & Real Food, is it really available today, genetic research has led to genetically modified crops, which are drought and bug resistant, need less water; this all sounds good, but what about the production and distribution.

Further, these days there are lot of synthetic food products in the market, so no quality food here.

Weather, Climate & Atmosphere, are they the same thing?

Atmosphere is the air that surrounds us and the difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.

Meteorology is the science of weather & Climatology is science of Climate.

Meteorology is the science of weather. The three basic aspects of meteorology are observation, understanding and prediction of weather. There are many kinds of routine meteorological observations. Some of them are made with simple instruments like the thermometer for measuring temperature or the anemometer for recording wind speed. Weather data is collected using satellites and other means and these are plotted on weather charts and analyzed at forecasting centers. Weather forecasts are then made.


Climate
is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time & Climatology is science of Climate.

Do climates change? Yes. Climates may undergo large permanent changes and short-term changes.

Take Rainforest as an example, look at the annual temperatures. They vary in a specific way. If we cut down all of the trees in the forest, the temperatures will heat up. Since it is unlikely the forest will be able to grow back for hundreds of years, you would see a long-term climate change.

El Nino and La Nina are known as short term climate change.

Hurricane Matthew

With Hurricane Matthew battering Florida, Haiti and with over 800 deaths this Category 3 storm has turned into a nightmare for many.

But exactly causes the hurricane and are we responsible?

Hurricanes are intense low pressure systems that form over warm ocean waters  and their source of energy is water vapor, which is evaporated from the ocean surface. Hurricanes gradually die as they move over cooler waters, which do not have the heat energy necessary to evaporate sufficient water vapor to fuel the hurricane. 

Global warming has raised the average global temperature by about 1°F (0.6 Deg C) over the past century. In the oceans, this change has only been about 0.18 Deg F (0.1 DegC). (source:http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/explore/pristine-seas/critical-issues-sea-temperature-rise/).
But, this 0.1 Deg C is proving to be a big problem for us and the results as we all know are catastrophic, the latest example being that of hurricane Matthew.