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European Commission to Host July Workshop on Socio-Economic Benefits of GEO-GEOSS

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GEO logoA workshop on the socio-economic benefits of GEO-GEOSS is planned for July 11-13 at the Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. The purpose of the workshop is to identify a program of activities to undertake during 2011-14 to support the GEO 10-year implementation plan\ and an assessment of benefits that can be achieved.

Putting Earth Observation Data to Work: The EuroGEOSS Broker (Max Craglia interview)

Illustration of Brokering Framework. Source: EuroGEOSS

image of max craigliaThe first step in making sense of the processes and events that impact the Earth is to observe and analyze them. The next step is to share those observations and analyses with your peers in the context of a shared infrastructure. Today, however, there are dozens of such shared infrastructures, each with its own set of policies, terms and protocols. How can all this information be shared?

Keeping an Eye on Africa

Image of AMESD-EUMETSAT day, which took place in Addis Abeba in April 2009. Photo Source: AMESD

Image of AMESD-EUMETSAT day, which took place in Addis Abeba in April 2009.  Photo Source: AMESDIn 2007, an international group of organizations launched “African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development” (AMESD). The project, which involves the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the Commission of the African Union, five participating African Regional Economic Communities and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) , is focused on improving African use of Earth observation tools.

Icelandic Eruptions All Done – For Now

Image of the Icelandic volcano erupting.

Image of the Icelandic volcano erupting. Iceland’s most recent volcanic explosion ended May 28. But more may be in store, in terms of future eruptions at Grimsvotn and increased eco-tourism.

GEOSS in the Americas Leverages International Resources for Action

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Image of GEOSS in Americas logoWhat can satellite-based Earth Observation do for the Americas? The possibilities are endless. From mitigating disaster outcomes in earthquake-prone states like Haiti to managing agriculture in Brazil to observing algal blooms off the coast of Mexico, GEOSS Americas is already having a major positive impact.

CBERS: a Chinese-Brazilian Collaboration

Image of Brasilia, as seen from the CBERS-2 satellite

Image of Brasilia, as seen from the CBERS-2 satelliteWhat do you do if you’re home to some of the world’s most significant natural resources, but you don’t have the technology to place satellites in orbit? In Brazil’s case, the answer is a long-lived collaboration with China called CBERS (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite), which started in 1988 and is still going strong. Today, Brazil has the ability to launch its own satellites, but the two nations continue their partnership.

Exploring AEON, The Africa Earth Observatory Network

White-Headed Madagascar Lemur, courtesy Wikimedia Commons

White-Headed Madagascar Lemur, courtesy Wikimedia CommonsAfrica Earth Observatory Network (AEON) is a center for Earth Systems Science: a research and teaching network of African and Africa-based scientists with a physical hub in Cape Town. AEON fosters cutting-edge, internationally-connected, science and analytical learning using advanced tools and technologies in an environment that encourages interdisciplinary science to explore our Earth, and society, particularly in Africa. AEON’s goal is to develop a science of Earth stewardship that can sustain the planet and its people.

New Technologies Uncover an Ancient World

Building details in Angkor Thom are shown in this SIR-C (Spaceborne Imaging Radar) color composite

Building details in Angkor Thom are shown in this SIR-C (Spaceborne Imaging Radar) color compositeWhat do Indiana Jones and NASA scientists have in common? Both are linked with the discovery of long-hidden, legendary artifacts of ancient civilizations. NASA researchers are now using remote sensing and GIS technologies to explore sites along the ancient Angkor Road in Cambodia and Thailand.

Weather Woes

A Texas National Guard Uh-60 Black Hawk helicopter drops water to help fight the wildfires affecting the Possum Kingdom Lake area in North Texas. Wildfires are a result of extreme drought conditions. Photo by SSG Malcolm McClendon.

This MODIS image from 2010 shows the Indus River spanning well over 10 kilometers, completely filling the river valley, and spilling over onto nearby land. Floodwaters have created a lake almost as wide as the swollen Indus that inundates Jhatpat. Floods such as these are not uncommon in Pakistan.Extreme drought and extraordinary floods are simultaneously devastating portions of the United States, in a set of weather events that are described by a NOAA official as “extreme and exceptional.” Meanwhile, a major heat wave strikes Pakistan and India.

International Earth Day 2011

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Image of NASA's Earth day logoThis is the first installment of Earthly Updates, on International Earth Day 2011. Earthzine plans to provide similar updates weekly, highlighting interesting and timely Earth Observation-related events and resources.

Happy Earth Observation Day 2011!

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Earth Observation day logoApril 8, 2011 marks Earth Observation Day – an event that’s been “observed” since 2006 when the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Earth observing satellite program. Earth Observation Day is organized by the AmericaView Consortium, a nationwide program that partners with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and focuses on public domain remote sensing data and geospatial technology in support of applied research, K-16 education, goal of supporting remote sensing science and technology in the K-12 curriculum.

NASA Imagery Aids Japanese Response to Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Events

ASTER imagery of northeastern Japanese coastal cities of Ofnutao and Kesennuma

MODIS imagery of the Sendai regionImaging instruments ASTER, MODIS and MISR, all a part of NASA’s Terra space platform, each offer a unique view of Japan’s disaster zone. Together, these views produce complementary multispectral and multiangular sets of data valuable for evaluating damage and planning for reconstruction.