Cartography

Grassroots Mapping for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

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Recently we featured the Grassroots Mapping project, a community participatory mapping initiative from the MIT Media Lab, on the podcast, and now the Grassroots team has headed down to Louisiana to try to utilize their balloon-based camera system to acquire imagery and map the Gulf oil spill along the Louisiana coast. Their goals are not […]

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10th Anniversary of launch of NASA’s Terra satellite

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The data from NASA’s earth observation satellites are critical resources in many areas of research, and it’s important to highlight the achievements of the Earth Observation System program, a multi-national and multi-agency partnership including NASA, JPL, and JAXA. The goal of the EOS program has been to provide comprehensive data sets on Earth’s climate, land […]

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Cops Can’t Track Car with GPS Without Warrent

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation had an interesting piece about two weeks ago that I just ran across.  The Supreme Court of Massachusetts recently ruled that it is against their state constitution for the police to track a vehicle using GPS without court approval.  The interesting thing here is that the crux of their rationale is that the […]

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Watch the launch of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite Live!

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DigitalGlobe is getting ready to launch its next commercial Earth imaging satellite, WorldView-2, and you can watch the launch live. Although slightly delayed, the plan for WorldView-2’s launch is now set for Thursday, October 8th at 11:38 a.m. Pacific time. The satellite will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. WorldView-2 will have […]

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California Fires from Space

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In case you haven’t seen this around, BoingBoing.net has a nice link round up for NASA’s photos of the current California fires as seen from space.  The smoke cloud is impressive in the most depressing way possible.  The BoingBoing link has links to NASA’s original image and large version, a NYT piece on the fires […]

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Remote Sensing Used to Discover Ancient Roman Site

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Really, what CAN’T geospatial do?  Researchers out of University of Padua in Italy took aerial photos of an area just north of Venice and discovered what used to be Altinum, a thriving city that existed before Venice.  The site is fairly unique in that it’s one of the few places that haven’t been built upon […]

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Associations/Groups – Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society

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The RSPSoc – Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society is a UK-based academic association that looks at the application to education, science, research, industry, commerce and the public service of RS and aerial imagery. The RSPSoc maintains a significant number of activities and publications. The upcoming RSPSoc 2009 conference will be taking place in Leicester on […]

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Landsat 5 – 25 years and counting!

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That’s right, it was March 1st, 1984 when Landsat 5 lifted off on a expected 3-year Earth observation mission, and here we are 25 years later, and the old workhorse is still capturing imagery! So, congrats to NASA and Landsat 5 on a quarter century of documenting Earth from space! You can read the NASA […]

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Sub-glacial antarctic mountains mapped

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BBC news has an interesting article on the mapping of the Gamburtsevs which lie under the ice in Antarctica. The article describes the use of radar, magnetic, and sonic/seismic remote sensing methods by a group of scientists, engineers, pilots and support staff from the UK, the US, Germany, Australia, China and Japan. Definitely an interesting […]

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CrunchGear talks Lidar

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The CrunchGear blog has a post regarding Boston College’s use of Lidar for mapping rivers and streams for fish repopulation. Nothing ground breaking technologically but it was interesting to see a mainstream tech blog talking about what we consider a mainstream technology. Scientists map streams and rivers with lasers, make delightful poached trout .