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Enhanced View Budget Cut Opposition Heats Up

by Matt Ball on April 20, 2012

There’s a feature in today’s New York Times that outlines the battle that is brewing in Congress to defend the use of commercial satellite imagery for intelligence gathering. The president’s budget as submitted reduces the Enhanced View program spending by more than half from $540 million to $250 million. The director of the National Reconnaissance […]

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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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Precise measurements of snow depth are required for water management, transportation, and recreation decision this time of year.  Now, according to the National Science Foundation, scientists at the National Center or Atmospheric Research in Boulder have been developing new technologies that combine lidar, satellite signals and other technologies to instantly measure snow depth at a […]

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Archaeologists in China have uncovered ancient agricultural systems in the lost city of Loulan using remote sensing and field investigations. This ancient city used to be an important stop along the Silk Road, but disappeared in the third century AD, perhaps because of an extended drought. Among the structures uncovered were canals and irrigation ditches. […]

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The editor of the journal Remote Sensing has resigned, admitting that a paper by U.S. scientists Roy Spencer and William Braswell that cast doubt on man-made climate change should not have been published. The paper received a great deal of exposure from climate skeptics, but was widely dismissed by mainstream scientists. The editor Wolfgang Wagner […]

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Bobby Sudekum, a recent graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor of arts in geography and a minor in geospatial technologies and economics, combined his love of skiing and remote sensing into the development of a low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to capture his on-the-slopes escapades. Sudekum’s continual tinkering with a styrofoam glider […]

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India Eases Remote Sensing Restrictions

by Matt Ball on July 4, 2011

The government of India made two major data sharing policy decisions today regarding remote sensing. They have opened up the possibility for more government agencies to own and operate remote sensing satellites other than the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and they have freed up all remote sensing imagery up to one meter resolution, where […]

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In honor of Earth Day, it seems fitting to tackle the role geospatial technology plays in the greater understanding of our environment. These tools have played an unprecedented role in our comprehension of the complexity of Earth systems, but they are only scratching the surface of the types of insights that are yet to come. […]

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Balloon Flight Feeds Remote Sensing Coursework

by Matt Ball on April 10, 2011

A team of 18 students in the geography department at the Kansas University launched a weather balloon Saturday. The balloon snapped photos and collected data during its 20-mile flight in a project dubbed Geohawk for the department’s “Remote Sensing II” course. The students will spend the rest of the semester using the images and data […]

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) yesterday, stressing the importance of remote sensing for sustainable development.  Not only did he mention the importance of space-based observation systems, but also the development of a newer class of environment and monitoring sensors and the study of weather-related phenomena. The prime minister addressed […]

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