Original Articles

5th Digital Earth Summit Planned for Japan

The 5th Biennial Digital Earth Summit will be held in November in Nagoya, Japan. As an offshoot of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, the focus of the summit will be on how digital Earth technologies can be used to address sustainability education and other global issues.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on July 29th, 2014
Announcements

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

To the Moon and Back: A Father and Daughter Find Hope Writing About Space Exploration

Looking back at a groundbreaking Apollo mission offers hope for what we can achieve together in the future.

Jenny Woodman , posted on July 21st, 2014
Essays on Hope

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

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
Ecosystems

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

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
Technology

How Embracing What We Don’t Know Can Drive Solutions to World Problems

I believe in the ingenuity of human creativity. By accepting the challenges before us while acknowledging the limits of our current knowledge, we have the ability to address ecological concerns at hand. The problems facing humans today have the same roots as the problems we faced when civilization began: how to provide food, water, and […]

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on July 7th, 2014
Essays on Hope, OpEd