Advance Access articles are papers that have been copyedited and typeset but not yet paginated for inclusion in an issue of Environmental History. Advance Access enables readers to access papers online soon after they have been accepted for publication and well ahead of their appearance in the printed journal, thus greatly reducing publication times.
The Gallery essay for this issue of Environmental History is by David Biggs, who undertakes two distinct readings of a 1969 photograph of Vietnam taken from Earth orbit by CORONA, the United States’ first spy satellite. In his first reading, Biggs analyzes the image for clues to the environmental history of the Vietnam War, including evidence of bombing and defoliation runs by B52s, during the conflict. In his second “extended reading” of the same photograph, Biggs explains how he used digital data from more contemporary periods and computer software including historical geographic information systems, or hGIS, to track how Vietnam’s natural environment has changed since the war ended. The result for Gallery readers is a better understanding of both the environment’s role in the war in Southeast Asia and computer technology’s importance as an emerging environmental history methodology.
For an extended discussion by David Biggs regarding his use of digital data and computer technology, including hGIS, please see Environmental History’s online Field Notes at: http://www.environmentalhistory.net/field-notes/2014-biggs.
—Neil M. Maher and Cindy Ott
This new website only feature, in which scholars review and discuss the uses of classic or overlooked books in our field, will be online soon.
Environmental History and Boise State University’s Department of History seek applications for the position of Graduate Editorial Assistant for Fall 2014.
The successful applicant will work with the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental History. The Graduate Editorial Assistant must be admitted to and enroll in the History Master of Arts or Master of Applied Historical Research program at Boise State and will receive a full tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend for the 2014-2015 academic year, summer not included.
Editor in chief Lisa Brady contributed to a story on environmental history on the BBC 4 program, Making History.