The Japanese Advanced Land Observation Satellite (nicknamed “Daichi’) was launched on January 24th, after two delays for technical problems. According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), The satellite will be used for mapping and to monitor disasters and environmental change around the world.
I have forgotten to blog this for 3 straight days, and I will wait until we receive our copy before I say too much, but on Jan 12, Leica Geosystems announced version 9.0 of their software suite including Imagine, LPS, and the new Virtual Explorer which included the following improvements: Continue reading
According to the USGS’s Landsat Program website, testing of Landsat 5’s solar array began on January 3rd and will continue until January 5th. Information related to the testing will be posted on the site.
On Tuesday, the USGS issued a press release that they are now offering orthorectified Landsat 4, 5 and 7 free for download from the Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis) or from Earth Explorer. For those of us who had the task of having to orthorectify satellite images ourselves, this will be a great new time-saving data source.
Just before Christmas, the European Space Agency issued a press release reviewing the use of geospatial technologies and data in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004 and discussed some of the ways in which these technologies are aiding in regional redevelopment and rebuilding
An interesting article from The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland) discusses the impact of rising sea levels on the Maryland coastline, including the submergence of numerous small islands and talks briefly about a joint project between the USGS and Maryland DNR that mapped portions of the coastline using highly-accurate LIDAR technology.
Although this has been blogged in one form or the other several times over the last few months, I think it’s an increasingly pressing issue. States are having real problems about what they can see on Google Earth. This really gets to the heart of the whole public/private debate. As the article points out, Google isn’t putting out there anything that isn’t available from other places in other forms. It also reminds the GIS folks that sometimes completely innocent intentions can be feared.
The Gigapxl Project is based on an amazing super-high resolution camera built by Graham Flint, which he has used to take amazing landscape pictures, including a panorama of Pittsburgh, which is not too far from us. One of the Project’s main goals is the Portrait of America, where the team travelled all across the US and parts of Canada. The Image Gallery has some nice examples of Gigapxl photographs.
Popular Science’s website has a great article about Graham Flint and Gigapxl, and the last page of the article also includes some interesting comments from Michael Jones, co-founder of Keyhole (now Google Earth) and his involvement as a supporter of the project.
Although Landsat is NASA’s most well-known satellite program, other missions are providing a wealth of information about our Earth. Aura, a satellite which was launched July 15, 2004, collects data that are used for studying the composition, chemistry and dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere, including ozone levels, air quality, and climate. At the recent American Geophysical Union conference, maps based on Aura data were presented showing the levels of Nitrogen Oxide (a precursor to ozone formation) in the eastern US.
An interesting article from the BBC. While we spoke to Dr Warner primarily about sensors that record reflectance values of the surface of the earth, there are several sensors in orbit that record nonterrestrial phenomena such as weather and, in the case of this article, pollutants.