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PlanetWatchers launches Foresights analytics platform for commercial forestry

August 15, 2018By
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The startup PlanetWatchers has developed Foresights, a risk management and geospatial analytics platform designed specifically to help clients manage forestry assets quickly, effectively and accurately. Foresights identifies areas of new or potential risk, and delivers operations tracking and forest damage management services. The company plans to add satellite-driven analytics, inventory data and forest productivity services to the platform. before the end of... read more

EOMAP launches online shallow-water bathymetry store

August 13, 2018By
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EOMAP has released a commercial online store for global shallow-water bathymetry derived from satellite data. The store, EOStore Bathymetry, provides access to search for and request high-quality data. According to EOMAP, satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB) is now established as a valuable tool for the surveying, planning and management of coastal and offshore sites. SDB can provide shallow-water bathymetric data worldwide without... read more

Scientists map fast-moving fault off Alaska

August 7, 2018By

U.S. researchers have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive mapping of one of the fastest moving underwater tectonic faults in the world, located in southeastern Alaska. The mapping information will help communities in coastal Alaska and Canada better understand and prepare for the risks from earthquakes and tsunamis that can occur when faults suddenly move. Since 2015, scientists have been gathering... read more

TCarta wins NSF grant for satellite-derived bathymetry

August 7, 2018By
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TCarta Marine, a global provider of marine geospatial products, has been awarded a research and development grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for bathymetry technology. Under the grant, TCarta will enhance and automate multiple techniques for deriving seafloor depth measurements from optical satellite imagery. The Project Trident research seeks to transform existing satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB) techniques by using machine... read more

US wildfires mapped and placed in context

August 3, 2018By
This Esri Storymap provides a quick snapshot of the raging fires across the United States. (Screenshot: Esri)

An Esri Storymap provides a quick snapshot of the raging fires across the United States and provides context to the severity of the California fires. The interactive map can be explored by panning and zooming. Click on a fire and information about that particular fire is displayed including the start date, containment and links to the latest news and social information.... read more

Quantum Spatial lidar surveys provide volcano eruption insights

August 1, 2018By
Looking southwest towards Leilani Estates with Fissure 8 erupting in the background. (Image: Ron Chapple/GEO 1)

High-resolution lidar surveys help first responders, scientists and government agencies monitor Kilauea conditions and predict future lava flows. Independent geospatial data firm Quantum Spatial Inc. (QSI) has conducted high-resolution lidar surveys of areas surrounding the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii. The emergency response effort was part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Rapid Response Imagery Products (RRIP) in support of the... read more

How geospatial data can improve US elections

July 18, 2018By
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With the mid-term elections coming ever nearer, states are turning to geographic information systems (GIS) to help manage them. Digital geographic representation of precinct boundaries within a GIS allow for transparency and ease of use for voters, candidates and electoral management, according to the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). GIS also enables the optimal siting of polling places for both... read more

Interactive infographic by Geotab shows evolution of Interstate highways

July 10, 2018By
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Geotab has released an interactive infographic depicting the evolution of America’s iconic Interstate Highway System. The interactive timeline allows users to watch the network expand over the years, providing a detailed look at the development of the infrastructure that has supported transportation and trade across the America for several decades. Today, the Interstate Highway System accounts for 25 percent of all... read more

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Harris wins three 10-year NGA geospatial data contracts

July 10, 2018By
Earth's western hemisphere, 2002. (Photo: NASA)

Harris Corporation has been awarded three multi-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with ceilings totaling $1.5 billion to provide the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) with geospatial data services for up to 10 years. Harris will create, manage and disseminate high-quality geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) information for use by the U.S. intelligence community and military worldwide under contracts that cover all three areas of... read more

California, Hawaii drone operators get shortcut to authorizations

June 29, 2018By
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Commercial drone operators in California and Hawaii — as well as a few areas in Nevada, Utah and Arizona — now can get quickly authorized to fly in controlled airspace, Skyward announced. Access to controlled airspace in the world’s fifth largest economy — the state of California — is a boon for the state’s huge entertainment and agriculture industries, two markets... read more

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