TAG: NASA

The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 — GIS-style

August 17, 2017By
Figure 1- 1979 total eclipse path through the US. Source: NASA

The media is buzzing about the Great American Solar Eclipse that takes place Monday, Aug. 21.  It’s a historic event that last occurred 99 years ago. To be clear, 99 years ago is when the last total solar eclipse traversed the entire continental United States (lower 48 states). To put that timeline in perspective, only one of the following inventions... read more

Esri releases mobile app for understanding the oceans

May 25, 2017By
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The app provides a new way to measure marine environments on a 3D interactive map for more cost-effective fishery planning and informed conservation. Esri has released an Ecological Marine Units (EMU) app for mobile devices. The app is a resource for scientists, educators, governments and industries seeking accessible information and imagery about the ocean’s long-term physical and nutrient properties. The EMU app puts... read more

NASA issues volcano ash contract to Black Swift

May 4, 2017By

With a legacy of delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), NASA has awarded Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, Colorado, the contract to develop and deliver a purpose-built scientific platform to explore volcanoes in order to improve air traffic management systems and the accuracy of ashfall measurements. BST will deliver... read more

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European Space Agency’ Launches Land Observing Satellite

June 29, 2015By
Sentinel-2A in the gantry before launch.

The European Space Agency (ESA) on June 23 successfully launched its Sentinel-2A satellite, the second satellite to be launched in Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring program. Above is a video of the Sentinel 2A lift-off. “We are very pleased to have such a talented new player join the team in watching Earth from space,” said Suzette Kimball, acting U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) director. “The aptly... read more

NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9 for Land Imaging

April 17, 2015By
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News from NASA. NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing program’s record of land images to half a century. The Landsat program has provided accurate measurements of Earth’s land cover since 1972. With data from Landsat satellites, ecologists have tracked deforestation in South America,... read more

Proteus Launches Daily Satellite-Based Water Quality Monitoring Service

January 12, 2015By

Proteus FZC, a provider of satellite-derived mapping and classification services, is now offering a daily water quality monitoring service for the Arabian Gulf. Derived from NASA satellite data, the new service provides daily online access to reports on six water quality parameters at 250-meter to 1-kilometer spatial resolution. “We can further improve the accuracy of the standard NASA data by... read more

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FOSS4G Europe Conference Set for July

March 7, 2014By

The FOSS4G (Free and Open Source for Geospatial) Europe Conference, Europe’s largest ever event on free geospatial and location-based software, will be held at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, from July 15 through 17, 2014. Also at this conference, the winners of the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge will present their innovative apps to the public. More than 500 delegates... read more

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URISA Announces 2012 GIS Hall of Fame Inductees

August 23, 2012By

URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) announced their 2012 GIS Hall of Fame inductees. URISA established the GIS Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community. To be considered for the GIS Hall of Fame, an individual’s or an organization’s record of contribution to the advancement of the industry demonstrates... read more

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