Google Earth Engine Brings Big Data to Environmental Activism

A new forest-mapping tool relies on unprecedented data crunching.

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Social Earth Observation – Blog Edition

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite blogs on Earth observation and remote sensing.

Sarah Frazier, posted on April 14th, 2014
Earth Observation, Quick Look, Technology

Wildlife trafficking app launched at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

Originally Published at The Guardian - App aims to crowdsource intelligence about the illegal wildlife trade by having users report and photograph suspicious activity.

Posted on April 9th, 2014

Cruising for Ocean Data

Originally Published by NASA - Scientists from NASA are cruising on a research vessel from New Zealand to Tahiti by way of the Southern Ocean. Their objective: gather detailed measurements of Pacific sea water that will be used to validate satellite measurements

Posted on April 5th, 2014
Earth Observation, Technology, Water

Global Forest Watch Tool Allows ‘Near-Real Time’ Forest Monitoring

Originally Published by Yale Environment - A new online tool called Global Forest Watch employs a trove of high-resolution NASA satellite imagery and large amounts of computing power to help governments, conservation organizations, and concerned citizens monitor deforestation in "near-real" time.

Posted on March 23rd, 2014

Using Google Earth to predict sea level rise

Originally Published by Google Earth Blog - A new study released recently by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Innsbruck includes some impactful visualizations of what sea level rise could mean to various historic sites over the next 2000 years. Using Andrew David Thaler’s Drown Your Town technique, they created images such as this one.

Posted on March 18th, 2014
Earth Observation, Technology

Malaysia Air Flight 370 Would Not Have Disappeared if We’d Had This System

Originally Published by IEEE - A real-time flight-data recording method could have given investigators a far better idea of what has happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, says Krishma Kavi, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of North Texas, in Denton.

Posted on March 17th, 2014
Earth Observation, Technology

Call for Papers — Oceans Environment and Technologies

Earthzine ( 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

New magnetic material discovered

Originally Published by BBC News - A highly sensitive magnetic material that could transform computer hard drives and energy storage devices has been discovered.

Posted on March 4th, 2014
Technology, Would You Believe?

Adopt a shark and track it in Google Earth

Originally Published by Google Earth- David Shiffman at Southern Fried Science has come up with a very innovative way to attract donations to shark feeding ecology project. If you make a donation of over $3,000, you will be able to name the shark and track it in Google Earth for up to two years!Their project has raised over $6000 so far (more than double their original goal), so it seems to be in good shape.

Posted on February 26th, 2014
Technology, Would You Believe?

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