Quick Look

OGC and FAA Harmonization Initiative: Connecting Airplanes to Updated Infrastructure

Transporting people and goods from point A to point B requires technological standards that reduce risk, streamline communications and improve efficiencies. The FAA, in partnership with agencies like the Open Geospatial Consortium, is working to upgrade and implement new technologies to make air travel safer, cleaner and faster.

Jenny Woodman , posted on July 26th, 2014
Earth Observation

Essays On Hope

What Keeps Us Writing and Working in the Face of Global Change—Essays on Hope

In this series of blog posts, Earthzine staff and other contributors offer short essays on their sources of hope or inspiration in the face of widespread global change.

Earthzine staff , posted on June 12th, 2014

Feature Articles

Supporting a Forest Observation System for Siberia: Earth Observation for Monitoring, Assessing and Providing Forest Resource Information

The monitoring and assessment of the remote Russian forest resources of Siberia is challenging and can only be done by integrating remote sensing techniques. Human and environmental forest disturbances continuously affect changing forest cover and biomass levels. The ZAPÁS initiative is prototyping and supporting a forest observation system for Siberia using Earth observation data from European and Russian satellite data providers.

Hüttich, et al , posted on July 16th, 2014

Architecting an Earth Observation Strategy for Disaster Risk Management

Supporting international disaster management with satellite observation often involves ad hoc arrangements among many players. This limits the effectiveness and efficiency of satellite support to disaster management operations. To address this challenge, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Working Group on Information Systems and Services documented a high-level reference model for the use of Earth observation satellites and associated products to support disaster risk management within the Global Earth Observation System of Systems context.

Moe and Evans , posted on July 15th, 2014
Informatics Theme

The Primary Advantage in Utilizing Remote Sensing Assets for Extreme Heat Vulnerability Studies

Remotely sensed imagery provides an alternate view of spatial characteristics that in situ measurements typically lack. This is an advantage to utilizing such datasets for the analysis of environmental health vulnerabilities.

Daniel P. Johnson , posted on July 10th, 2014
EO for Health

Data Drives Everything (But the Bridges Need a Lot of Work)

In a world driven by data, finding new ways to share information is critical to progress in all fields. With the Research Data Alliance, Dr. Francine Berman is hoping to change the way data is collected, used, and shared to solve problems around the globe.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on June 11th, 2014

Quick Look

Serving Students with the MyCOE/SERVIR Global Fellowship Program

The SERVIR group has partnered with the My Community, Our Earth program to provide resources, training, and funding to students in four regions of Africa and Asia for work on climate-centered geospatial projects.

Sarah Frazier, posted on July 17th, 2014
Education, Technology

Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on July 8th, 2014
Climate, Economy, Energy, Health, Politics

Rise of the Hackathon

Education and problem-solving benefit from the increasing use of hackathons, which are multi-day collaborative coding events. Popular among students, hackathons also have been put to use to tackle big data and sustainability.

Sarah Frazier, posted on July 7th, 2014

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Set to Join the A-Train

NASA’s first satellite devoted to measuring atmospheric CO2 is ready to launch. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 will join a constellation of five other satellites gathering information about Earth systems with unprecedented resolution and coverage.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on July 2nd, 2014
Climate, earth science, Technology

The NEREUS Network: Bringing the Benefits of Space Uses to Regions and Citizens

NEREUS brings the benefits of space technologies to Europe's citizens and regions. It serves as an advocate for regional concerns on the utilization of space technologies and is a dynamic platform to facilitate the involvement of its members in European Union-funded projects and activities.

Bordelot and Ayazi , posted on June 30th, 2014
Articles, space applications

Book Review: A Conversation about ‘Connection’

Earthzine Science Writer Elise Osenga and Editor-in-Chief Paul Racette connect in reviewing “Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking.” The book tells how stories can be used to connect with audiences. But can stories help scientists get the word out about their research?

Earthzine staff , posted on June 19th, 2014

Quick Look

Weaving the Narrative of Climate Change: The Process Behind the IPCC 5th Assessment Report

The 5th Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change represents an example of broad scientific collaboration. In an interview with Earthzine, Lead Author Chris Field discusses the challenges and benefits of this international enterprise and why he feels that science has the capacity to address the challenges posed by the potential impacts of climate change.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on May 22nd, 2014
Climate, Quick Look


Call for Papers — Oceans Environment and Technologies

Earthzine (www.earthzine.org) was established in 2007 as an outreach activity for the GEO (Group on Earth Observations) and GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) initiative. As a newly adopted publication of the Oceanic Engineering Society, we seek contributions to bolster Earthzine’s coverage of oceans-related activities.

Earthzine staff , posted on March 13th, 2014
Oceans, Oceans Environment and Technologies Theme, Technology

Call for Papers — Using Crowdsourcing to Further Earth Observation

crowdsourcing Earthzine.org’s “Citizens and Science: Using Crowdsourcing to Further Earth Observations” theme will explore the technologies, people, and organizations that enable the use of public knowledge and activity to further our understanding of the natural world.s.

Earthzine staff , posted on January 2nd, 2014

Call for Papers – Geospatial Semantic Array Programming

modelling Earthzine, an IEEE-sponsored online scientific journal, is soliciting articles of 800-3,000 words for its second quarter theme of 2014 on Geospatial Semantic Array Programming.

Earthzine staff , posted on December 18th, 2013
Geospatial Semantic Array Programming

Call for Papers — Earth Science Informatics Challenges

Cartesius. Photo: van Zuijlekom. Earthzine is soliciting articles of 800-3,000 words for its first quarter 2014 theme on Earth Science Informatics Challenges. This theme focuses on the challenge of performing analysis with voluminous Earth science data products that are becoming increasing difficult to migrate to high-productivity computing platforms.

Earthzine staff , posted on June 19th, 2013
Earth Science Informatics, Informatics Theme

Syndicated Articles

Stanford team achieves ‘holy grail’ of battery design: A stable lithium anode

Originally Published by Eureka Alert - (Stanford School of Engineering) The Stanford team's nanosphere layer resembles a honeycomb: it creates a flexible, uniform and non-reactive film that protects the unstable lithium from the drawbacks that have made it such a challenge.

Posted on July 28th, 2014

A six-state California faces a water war

Originally Published by New Scientist - An audacious plan to split California into six pieces is unlikely to succeed, but may force the state to tackle its water woes head-on.

Posted on July 25th, 2014
Politics, Water

Scotland announces 30 new marine protected areas

Originally Published by The Guardian - Tranche of sites doubles the size of Scottish marine reserves, covering cliffs in Caithness and deep ocean seabeds.

Posted on July 24th, 2014
Ecosystems, Water

ECO Interviews Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist

Originally Published by Eri - An interview with Esri's Chief Scientist, Dawn Wright.

Posted on July 22nd, 2014
Earth Observation

Looking Back from Apollo 11

Originally Published by NASA - Transcripts from the flight to the Moon capture some of the wonder and novelty of looking back at Earth.

Posted on July 21st, 2014
space applications, space exploration

Doubling radar vision of Earth

Originally Published by ESA - Following a contract signed with Arianespace today, the second Sentinel-1 satellite is now set to join its identical twin sister in orbit in early 2016, optimising the mission’s global coverage to manage the environment and improve everyday lives.

Posted on July 17th, 2014
Earth Observation

New posts in the Notes from the Field blog – Beakers and Blankets: Readying for SABOR’s Ocean Voyage

Originally Published by EO - Starting July 2014, scientists with NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment will make observations from ship and aircraft off the U.S. Atlantic Coast aimed at advancing the technology needed to measure microscopic plankton in the ocean from space. For the next three weeks, follow SABOR researchers as they work toward finding out how and why plankton are changing around the planet, and where the carbon associated with plankton goes. Plankton play an important part of the climate system and deliver oxygen to the atmosphere, absorb carbon dioxide, and form the base of the marine food chain.

Posted on July 16th, 2014

Esri App Challenge Winners Create Actionable Tools to Strengthen Resilience Efforts

Originally Published by Ersi - Winners of the Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge 2014 were announced at the Esri User Conference.

Posted on July 15th, 2014

8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous

Originally Published by The Guardian - Forget the future. The world already is nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation.

Posted on July 14th, 2014

Fresh Hope for an Abandoned NASA Spacecraft

Originally Published by IEEE - News of ISEE-3’s demise may be a bit premature. A months-long bid to bring the 35-year-old International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 back into the vicinity of Earth seemed to have met its end this week, when the citizen group attempting to “reboot” the mission failed to get the thrusters to produce much more than a burp.

Posted on July 11th, 2014
space exploration