Desktop Calendar Wallpaper - December 2013

With the 2013 Delaware Sea Grant and College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment online calendar, you can bring the beauty of Delaware's coastal resources to your computer screen. In addition to scenic wallpaper for each month, check out the list of notable dates as well as environmental facts, tips, and web links.
 
December 2013 calendar wallpaper

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December – Helikite 
 
The holidays are often associated with air travel as families reunite. Instead of passengers, this helikite (Helium + Kite) carries equipment that allows scientists at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s Center for Remote Sensing to study our coast. It floats with the aid of helium and wind and can collect data aerially, either from a tethered station or while being towed. The camera dangling from the bottom is used to record high-resolution images of marshes and adjacent coastal waters. Sensors can also be attached to record data on soil moisture, vegetation, and many other measures that can be used to better understand the status of our coast. The helikite can be launched frequently enough in specific locations to monitor quickly developing issues such as oil spills. The images are of such high quality that scientists can observe fish and bird populations, underwater vegetation, and rip currents.
 
Photo by Lisa Tossey
 
7 – First State – Delaware came by its nickname by becoming the first of the 13 original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution on this day in 1787.
 
21 – Winter Solstice – First day of winter – The shortest day of the year is marked by many ancient and modern seasonal traditions that celebrate the return of the sun and longer days.
 
25 – Christmas Day – In the spirit of this holiday, give back to the planet by recycling your tree into mulch.
 
31 – New Year’s Eve – A day for revelry and reflection. How will you resolve to care for the coast in 2014?
 
Page Updated on October 29, 2013