Remote Sensing

Landsat 5 has resumed operations

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Tim Warner here at WVU just forwarded us the good news that Landsat 5 has resumed acquisition operations for the continental US and international data acquisition will be coming back online in the next few weeks. Engineers were able to make adjustments to Landsat 5’s solar array to give it enough power to continue its […]

Remote Sensing

Japan Launches Mapping Satellite

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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. Via Bloomberg and GeoPlace

General

Landsat 5 update

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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.

Remote Sensing

Orthorectified Landsat Digital Data Now Available

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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 […]

Physical Geography

LIDAR mapping of changing shorelines

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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.

General

The Gigapxl Project

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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 […]