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The Natural Research Council has just released a detailed report that cautions about a decline in U.S. earth observation capacity. In a time of tightened budgets, many of the long-running missions are coming to a close, with follow-on missions delayed or canceled. The report follows a similar effort five years ago, with the title, “Earth […]

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A little more than three years ago, I penned a column about geospatial technology frontiers. While acknowledging the expansion of GIS technology across more and more disciplines, the column aimed to summarize some of the main areas of research and development, where the vision has been clear for some time, but where technology limitations have […]

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Researchers at Harvard University have discovered a new means to detect ancient settlements using both hyperspectral imagery from NASA’s Terra satellite along with SRTM digital terrain models. Ancient soils called anthrosols are lighter than surrounding soil, and much richer in organic matter, which shows up in hyperspectral imagery. The digital terrain model helps measure that […]

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The University of Maryland is partnering with Beijing Normal University to create the Joint Center on Global Change and Earth System Science that will develop tools to track climate change. The center will create an international remote sensing database, track land use and cover, in addition to monitoring agriculture. The agricultural work will focus on […]

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Defense Drawdown Provides Geospatial Opportunities

by Matt Ball on January 13, 2012

It’s no secret that the removal of troops from Iraq, and eventually Afghanistan, will reduce the need for military personnel and geospatial analysis. There has been a great expansion in the number of professionals that practice geospatial intelligence, and inevitably many of these workers will be looking for a new vocation. Indeed, just today we […]

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A new geography-oriented interactive Carbon Calculator has been developed by Vizzuality along with the Convention on Biological Diversity, LifeWeb and the United Nations Environment Program – World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC). The online tool helps put the necessary global contributions into perspective by allowing users to draw an area in the world to see the […]

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The National Research Council has just released a report that outlines the benefits, and the increasing need, to create drinking water from wastewater. The viability of this approach was a central point to Braden Allenby’s keynote at the recent GeoDesign Summit, used to illustrate the need for us to manage and adapt to climate change […]

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The Eye on Earth Summit that took place in Abu Dhabi this week provided a forum for discussion of the importance of environmental information, and the need for better policy decisions. The event, sponsored by UAE president  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was pulled together to offer concrete recommendations for the next Earth Summit, […]

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The UN Environment Programme Report, “Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment,” was released today, with details of the environmental changes that have taken place on our planet over the past 20 years. The report coincides with the planet reaching the 7 billion population mark this year, and is aimed to mark twenty years since the […]

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GIS Helps Create ClimateWise Communities

by Matt Ball on September 1, 2011

The GEOS Institute, based in Ashland, Oregon, has developed tools and methodology to help communities respond and adapt to the pressures of climate change. Yesterday, I attended a presentation at the GIS in the Rockies by Jessica Leonard, geospatial analyst at the institute, and learned more about their approach and their projects. Leonard stated at […]

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