Earth Observation

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

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

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

Dot Earth Blog: Setting the Table for Migrating Monarch Butterflies

Originally Published by NYT - Property owners can help provide migrating and struggling monarch butterflies with a milkweed buffet and then map the insects’ arrival.

Posted on July 7th, 2014
Earth Observation, Technology

The 2014 World Cup Stadiums in Google Earth

Originally Published by Google Earth - The 2014 World Cup is well underway, being played in 12 beautiful stadiums across Brazil. All 12 stadiums have awesome 3D models in Google Earth, so we thought we’d show them off to you. Here is an example of a model in Google Earth; this is Arena de São Paulo, located in São Paulo, Brazil. The other stadiums look equally amazing, many of which seemed to have been auto-generated using Google’s 3D Imagery technique. We’ve put together a Google Earth KML file for you to download, that will fly you directly to each of the 12 stadiums so you can view them for yourself. Grab the file here and have fun exploring!

Posted on June 23rd, 2014
Earth Observation

Studying magma formation beneath Mount St. Helens

Originally Published by Science Daily - Scientists are embarking on a research expedition to improve volcanic eruption forecasting by learning more about how a deep-underground feeder system creates and supplies magma to Mount St. Helens. They hope the research will produce science that will lead to better understanding of eruptions, which in turn could lead to greater public safety.

Posted on June 19th, 2014
Earth Observation

New European Satellites To Give More Detailed Views of Earth

Originally Published by Yale 360 - The European Space Agency has begun launching a series of satellites designed to collect detailed environmental data around the globe — from radar-based, high-definition imagery to information about the atmosphere's chemical composition.

Posted on June 4th, 2014
Earth Observation

Panama saves whales, protects world trade

Originally Published by Science Daily - A new scheme to separate boat traffic coming into the Panama Canal from humpback whales migrating through tropical waters, based on two research papers, has been approved by the International Maritime Organization. Panama is a leader in global commerce and a steward of exceptional marine biodiversity. Nearly 17,000 commercial vessels cross the Gulf of Panama each year. This number is expected to increase significantly when new locks now under construction permit larger, "post Panamax" vessels to transit the Canal and enter its ports.

Posted on May 28th, 2014
Earth Observation

World Migratory Bird Day Connects Tourists with Conservation

Originally Published by ENS - Bird-loving tourists can help to conserve the birds that entice them far from home. This year, for the first time, World Migratory Bird Day is linking sustainable tourism with conservation of the 50 billion migratory birds now transiting their flyways around the world.

Posted on May 13th, 2014
Earth Observation

Biomass in the Sahel: A Satellite Approach for the Future

Ricardo Diaz Santiago Suarez David Barbosa Laura María Laura Gomez Mónica Moreno Juan David Barrera Abstract: The project intends to analyze how the current biomass deficit in the region of the Sahel causes an increase in both global temperature and the amount of gases in the atmosphere. Satellite images and free movement research documents were used. Scientists have found that even though biomass burning is often a natural process, it highly affects the amount of gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, greenhouse gases and the polluting agent black carbon. Even though these gases are supposed to be reabsorbed by vegetation in rainy seasons (satellite images provided by NASA show a high precipitation rate in the month of September), several organizations such as the NGO Action Against Hunger adduce that human activities have been interfering with this process. Satellite images that depict a biomass loss throughout years in specific regions across the Sahel are clear evidence of this fact. The research project, thus, intends to project possible effects over global climate. It also intends to organize current research in the matter, in order to find a clear relation between a possible biomass deficit and climate change. Specifically, the study analyzes an imperative region for the world, due to the cultural practices that take place (for instance, grazing and other herb-control techniques) and its geographical position. poster 33

Earthzine staff , posted on May 12th, 2014
Earth Observation