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Japanese craft launched with night-vision mapping radar

24 May 2014

A Japanese satellite equipped with a sharp-eyed synthetic aperture radar launched Saturday on a mission to map the globe every two weeks, helping authorities respond to natural disasters, track agricultural yields and monitor shipping lanes.

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Lake Powell half empty

This Landsat 8 image, acquired on 13 May 2014, shows Lake Powell, a reservoir in the United States, which as of 20 May 2014 is at 42 percent capacity following 14 years of drought.

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Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services to launch WorldView-3 satellite on 13 August

22 May 2014

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services (LMCLS) will launch the WorldView-3 commercial remote sensing spacecraft, placing it into orbit on 13 August for DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions.

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Earth's magnetic field is important for climate change at high altitudes

23 May 2014

New research has provided scientists with greater insight into the climatic changes happening in the upper atmosphere. Scientists found that changes in the Earth's magnetic field are more relevant for climatic changes in the upper atmosphere (about 100-500 km above the surface) than previously thought.

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Taking weather forecasting into the future

20 May 2014

The first documents signalling the go-ahead for Europe's fleet of MetOp Second Generation weather satellites were signed last week in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Berlin Air Show.

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Taking weather forecasting into the future

20 May 2014

The first documents signalling the go-ahead for Europe's fleet of MetOp Second Generation weather satellites were signed last week in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Berlin Air Show.

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Digital Earth Summit 2014

09 - 11 November 2014

Organisation: Chubu University

Location: Nagoya, Japan

Conference Overview:

This planned Digital Earth Summit will focus on how Digital Earth technology and activities has contributed or will contribute to ESD (Education for Sustainable Development). Digital Earth technology is one of the key technologies to support ESD by visualising the complicated earth system, social system, not only for the current situation but from past to future.

Digital Earth is a global initiative to construct a comprehensive virtual representation of the planet. It is a collaborative effort between Earth sciences, space sciences and information sciences to monitor and forecast natural and human phenomena.

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