A 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.
The 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?
In 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.
What 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.
What 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.
Africa 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.
What 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.
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.
This 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.
April 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.
Imaging 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.