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Recent Developments in Remote Sensing for Human Disaster Management and Mitigation - Spotlight on Africa: An Overview

The following article is the introduction to a new book by Dr. Christoper Lavers of the Britannia Royal Naval College entitled "Recent Developments in Remote Sensing for Human Disaster Management and Mitigation- Natural and Man-made 2013 - Spotlight on Africa." Over the next several weeks, Directions Magazine will present excerpts from this book dealing with remote sensing applications...



NGA Receives Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Jan. 11, 2013, SPRINGFIELD, Va. — National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency received a Joint Meritorious Unit Award for the extraordinary contributions made to the warfighter and national defense from Jan. 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2010. The award was formally presented by Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during a ceremony at NGA headquarters,...



Drones: War machine today, helpful tool tomorrow - NPR Marketplace

When you hear the word drone, images of warfare or high-tech surveillance come to mind. But the former editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and a young Tijuana programmer have a different idea. They believe drones will revolutionize our everyday lives. Text: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/drones-war-machine-today-helpful-tool-tomorrow



Landsat Data Continuity Mission Overview

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, will provide moderate-resolution measurements of Earth's terrestrial and polar regions in the visible, near-infrared, short wave infrared, and thermal infrared. There are two instruments on the spacecraft, the Thermal InfraRed Sensor (TIRS) and the...



Everything You Need to Know about Landsat 8

NASA held a press briefing on the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eighth satellite to be launched in the ongoing Landsat mission. Read the details on the mission's status.



LizardTech Releases Free GeoViewer Application for Android

  SEATTLE, Wash. — Jan. 10, 2013 — LizardTech®, a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, announced the release of its free GeoViewer application for Android devices, designed to view geospatial imagery and vector overlays. With this latest application, Android users will be able to view their imagery...



NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Earth Observation Satellite

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth's surface as viewed from space.  LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972....



Tracking Pathogens on the Farm and other Health GIS News

Cornell researchers have created a method that uses geospatial algorithms, foodborne pathogen ecology and Geographic Information System (GIS) tools to predict hot spots where these pathogens may be present and spread on farms prior to harvest. Many of the recent outbreaks of foodborne pathogens have been linked to contamination on the farm. The method, which can be...



County Salary Increases and other Government GIS News

Another motion was made to increase the GIS director’s salary by $1,500. That vote passed 3-1 with all three commissioners voting in favor and Scotto voting against. There were several motions before that one, including the exact same one as I read it, but the GIS director of Clearfiled County, PA will get an added $1,500 on his 2012 salary of $38,460. - Courier...



DigitalGlobe Obtains Antitrust Clearance in Connection With GeoEye Combination

Jan 09, 2013-DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, today announced that it has received antitrust clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with DigitalGlobe's pending combination with GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEOY).  As previously announced, on July 23, 2012, the...



ITT Exelis launches hyper-local weather platform to provide pinpoint accuracy in monitoring

  ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 7, 2013 – ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has developed a capability, known as the Helios™ platform​, that enables  traffic and other cameras to function as weather sensors, providing more accurate, real-time environmental intelligence for better decision-making and response.   “Helios provides hyper-local weather intelligence...



GeoEye Announces First Sale of Stereo Imagery Products to the Government of India

  Indian Railways to Use Stereo Imagery from GeoEye-1 to Support Development of Railway Infrastructure   HERNDON, Va., Jan. 8, 2013 - GeoEye, Inc. , a leading source of geospatial information and insight, announced that it received an order from the Government of India for stereo imagery from the high resolution GeoEye-1 satellite to support...



Pictometry Merges with EagleView

Most readers know Pictometry, the company that provides oblique imagery with enough detail and tools to be used for measuerement. It did very well in the public sector in past years via many homeland security and other grants. I've not heard of EagleView, but here's its description of itself: Since its inception in 2008, EagleView Technologies has become the leading...



EagleView Technologies and Pictometry International Announce Merger

  Increased Scale, Diversification and Synergies in Imaging & Analytic Capabilities Expected to Drive Continuing Growth and Accelerated Innovation BOTHELL, Wash., and ROCHESTER, NY, Jan. 7, 2013—EagleView® Technologies, the leading provider of automated 3D measurement technologies and analysis solutions and Pictometry® International, the...



Using Google Earth to Find Food Producing Urban Gardens and other Education GIS News

John Taylor, a doctoral candidate working with crop sciences researcher Sarah Taylor Lovell [at the University of Illionois], was skeptical about the lists of urban gardens provided to him by local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).... Using these indicators and Google Earth images, he examined the documented sites. Of the 1,236 "community gardens," only 160, or...



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