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NOAA's new deep space solar monitoring satellite launches

11 February 2015

NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6:03 p.m. EST on 11 February on its way to an orbit one million miles from Earth. DSCOVR will give NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) forecasters more reliable measurements of solar wind conditions, improving their ability to monitor potentially harmful solar activity.

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Ordos City, China

This Flock 1 image, acquired 24 January 2015, shows the city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China.

Intended to house over a million people when it began construction in 2003, the city today is home to only approximately 20,000.

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JPSS-1 satellite imaging instrument completes major development milestone

09 February 2015

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), one of five instruments that will fly on-board NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, has successfully completed its pre-shipment review.

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Study: Global rainfall satellites require massive overhaul

12 February 2015

Circling hundreds of miles above Earth, weather satellites are working round-the-clock to provide rainfall data that are key to a complex system of global flood prediction.

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Satellites track snail disease risk

16 February 2015

Scientists are tracking snails from space in a bid to combat the spread of parasitic disease in Africa.

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Complete Envisat MERIS FRS L1/L2 dataset available online

13 February 2015

The systematic bulk processing of the MERIS Level 2 Full Resolution Full Swath dataset has been completed, and the FRS Level 2 products (MER_FRS_2P) have been made available to users on the ESA centralised dissemination server together with the previously released MERIS FRS Level 1 data (MER_FRS_1P).

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Trust in Spatial Data and Validation of Global Land Products

05 - 07 June 2015

Organisation: ISPRS/GEO/ICA

Location: Shanghai, China

Abstract submission deadline: 01 March 2015

Early registration deadline: 25 April 2015

Workshop Overview:

The objective of this workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for leading researchers in related areas to present the latest developments and applications, to discuss cutting-edge technologies, to exchange research ideas and to promote international collaboration on the Trust in Spatial Data and Validation of Global Land Cover Products.

Among the topics covered by the workshop, are the following:

  • Trust and degree of trust in spatial data and modelling
  • Validation of global land cover product of China - GlobeLand30
  • Identification of test sites and development of methods for the validation of GLC datasets at various spatial resolutions
  • Issues of uncertainty and scale in spatial objects
  • Quality assessment for spatio-temporal data
  • Accuracy in remotely sensed images and classification
  • Land use and land cover mapping from remotely sensed data, SAR data, and other new sensor data
  • Development of web services for GLC data sharing, updating, processing and validating
  • Identification of scientific/technological/application challenges related to GLC mapping and monitoring

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