ERDAS Imagine 9.3 Webinar

I try not to talk about our adverts in posts, but the most recent ERDAS ad is for an upcoming webinar titled ERDAS IMAGINE 9.3…IMAGINE What’s Next! (Webinar) which grabbed my interest. The teaser blurb on the registration page talks about better vector support and, what I have been hankering for, OGC web service access. I will try to post something after the webinar on Thursday, but if you are an Imagine user you may want to check out this most recent in their on-going series of webinars. FYI. It looks like ERDAS Image 9.3 will ship in the 3rd quarter which I assume that means a late September release/ship…two 9.x releases in one year.

Remote Sensing at ESRI UC

The latest mass email from ESRI regarding the International User Conference had a small blurb on a new Remote Sensing GIS Summit that has been added to the event on Sunday August 3 from 8:30 to 5:30. The preliminary agenda includes keynote and case study presentations as well as the expected technical presentations. If you are going to be in San Diego for the UC and will be in town on Sunday then you may want to check this out. We were thinking of hitting Lego Land that afternoon but I will try to mix the Remote Sensing GIS Summit (RSGS?) with the EdUC sessions in the morning.

Also, go ahead and put our live show on your schedule for Tuesday afternoon.

INFOMAR – Mapping Ireland’s Seabed

nullJust as countries are spending increasing amounts of money and resources to map their territories using high-resolution technologies such as LIDAR, some, like Ireland, are devoting significant effort to map their undersea territory (and potential resources) as well. Beginning in 2006, the INFOMAR (INtegrated Mapping FOr the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s MArine Resource) project has been focused on mapping Ireland’s bays and undersea territory using LIDAR, vessel surveys, and seabed sampling.

The INFOMAR website has a web mapping application with some of the vector data related If you would like to see examples of processed LIDAR data layers of some of Ireland’s bays in Google Earth, the INFOMAR site has several KMZ files available for download here.

Via Herald

India getting into the lunar mapping game

At a press conference on Monday, officials from India’s ISRO announced that they are planning to launch the Chandrayaan-I satellite that will orbit the Moon for two years on a terrain mapping mission. This will be part of India’s long-range efforts toward a planned manned lunar mission within the next decade. I think it’s really a toss-up as to what country will actually successfully launch the next lunar mission.

Via Times of India

Landsat Archive to be Made Available at No Charge

Our readers Michelle and Ed both gave me a heads-up on the USGS’ plans and timeline for making the entire Landsat archive of imagery (with less than 20% cloud cover) available for download at no charge. The Landsat program has been an amazing success story, and its archives are really an incredible resource for research and education.

Here’s the current timeline for when each type of data will be available for download through the Internet (thanks Michelle):

Landsat 7 – all new global acquisitions – July 2008
Landsat 7 – all data – September 2008
Landsat 5 – all TM data – December 2008
Landsat 4 – all TM data – January 2009
Landsat 1-5 – all MSS data – January 2009

To check out Landsat scenes, head over to the USGS Global Visualization Viewer, or the USGS Earth Explorer.

A Remote Tribe Goes High Tech With Google

The Surui people, who have been so remote in the Brazilian forests that they were only ‘discovered’ in 1969, have turned to the high tech tools of Google Earth to help them protect their existence. Initial contacts with outsiders led them to fight, but bows and arrows proved rather useless compared to modern weapons. Since then, they have negotiated a peace, but their lands are continuously encroached upon. Enter Google Earth, which the tribe uses to monitor treaty breaking moves by logging companies. The whole story is a testament to how far web mapping has spread into our modern (and sometimes ancient) lives.

Carbon Footprint Map of the US

Carbon Footprint Map
The Vulcan project is an interesting project out of Purdue University. They seek to “quantify North American fossil fuel carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at space and time scales much finer than has been achieved in the past.” They’ve just released a new carbon footprint map detailing fossil fuel based CO2 emissions from around the US. One of the interesting findings to come out of their effort is that we previously assumed that the North East portion of the country was the primary emitter in the country. Turns out while there’s a lot of truth in that, the coal fired plants of the South add nearly as much.

What’s interesting to me are the comments section of the Wired article that pointed me towards this site. People have come up with lots of interesting ways to expand and extend this research by including other bits of data, particularly human geography pieces.

LGGI becomes ERDAS…again

ERDASI have to admit that I JUST started calling Imagine and other Leica Geosystems Geospatial Inc products “Leica Imagine”. Now I have to unlearn this behavior as they have rebranded as ERDAS, Inc. 1) In my opinion this is a great marketing move, at least for those of us who have used the software for the last decade and are used to the name. 2) Since geospatial has come a long way in the last 10 years, though I am sure this change will create the same ‘confusion’ (more a disorientation really) the initial purchase by Leica caused. 3) Since the companies products list has grown considerably over the last year, and with the release of 9.2, this is probably the best time for the change.

On top of it all, I must give praise to the site designers of http://www.erdas.com/ who have made it possible to easily find information on the software options. I am sure it will be even better when they do away with the redirects.

Extrasolar discovery of organic molecule

It’s a baby step, but an important one. NASA reported yesterday that they found the first evidence of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a planet outside of the solar system. Methane was discovered in the atmosphere of planet HD 189733b (let’s call it planet ‘Moo-cow’ for simplicity) by the Hubble telescope. Plenty of methane has been discovered in the planets of the solar system, so it is far from declaring that planet Moo-Cow has life. However, it is a victory at the least for our remote sensing instruments!

New EROS director

February has definitely been a month for me to play catch-up. I just came across an article from early Feb in the Argus Leader about the new EROS director Eric Clemmons. Apparently he is moving to South Dakota from a position at NOAA where he was involved in their remote sensing group. With Landsat 8 near contract and Landsats 5 and 7 limping along, I would guess that it is an exciting time to be at EROS from the Landsat portion of their activity alone.