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Special Issue of ISPRS journal - Urban environment mapping using GIS

12 December 2017

An upcoming special issue of the ISPRS international journal is dedicated to providing an overview of space-borne and airborne remote sensing and GIS research. It will focus on applications for urban areas and will explore future trends of concepts, methods, implementations, validations and applications.

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New satellite imagery reveals new highest Antarctic Peninsula mountain

11 December 2017

Cartographers surveying Antarctica have discovered Mount Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) at 3,239 m (10,654 ft) above sea level. Until now, maps showed Mount Jackson as the tallest mountain in the territory at 3,184 m (10,444 ft). New satellite data reveals this isn't the case, with Mount Hope being 55 m taller than Mount Jackson and 377 m higher than previously thought.

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NASA, University of Maryland join forces on food security

07 December 2017

NASA has tapped the University of Maryland to lead a new consortium focused on putting satellite data to use to enhance food security and agriculture around the world.

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A better understanding of geo-risks

07 December 2017

More and more people around the world are flocking to cities, creating densely populated regions. This also means that natural disasters pose a threat to a greater number of people, and that risk has been rising for decades worldwide.

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Arctic sea ice loss could dry out California

05 December 2017

Arctic sea ice loss of the magnitude expected in the next few decades could impact California's rainfall and exacerbate future droughts, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists.

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Take the driver’s seat on sea level science

30 November 2017

A new NASA sea level simulator lets you bury Alaska's Columbia glacier in snow, and, year by year, watch how it responds. Or you can melt the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and trace rising seas as they inundate the Florida coast.

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Taking air-quality inventories to new heights

30 November 2017

The first images from Sentinel-5P will be revealed tomorrow. Although it will be a few months before the satellite is ready for service, these first results are expected to show just how this new Copernicus mission is set to be a game changer for monitoring air quality.

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Giant west Antarctic iceberg disintegrates

29 November 2017

An animation of the giant iceberg that calved off the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica just over two months ago shows an unexpected break up.

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New NASA instrument continues measuring solar energy input to Earth

28 November 2017

 
NASA is launching an instrument to the International Space Station to continue monitoring the Sun's energy input to the Earth system in December 2017.
 

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NASA links port city sea levels to regional ice melt

20 November 2017

A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula. It is intended to help coastal planners prepare for rising seas in the decades to come.

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Earth observing CubeSats could soon help revolutionise weather forecasting

20 November 2017

Over the past two years, we've seen an incredible leap in earth observation technology being launched into space. From last year's November GOES-R launch, which gave us our current GOES-16 or GOES-EAST, to December's CYGNSS deployment of a little fleet of satellites designed to measure tropical storm and hurricane intensity, to the brand new JPSS-1 Satellite just put in orbit, our ability to collect near realtime weather data from space is truly remarkable.

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20 years of 4D-Var: better forecasts through a better use of observations

20 November 2017

Twenty years ago ECMWF added an extra dimension – time – to the assimilation of observational data into weather models. This pioneering '4D-Var' technique has led to substantial improvements in the Centre's forecasts.

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New NASA Insights into the Secret Lives of Plants

17 November 2017

Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the week of Nov. 13-17, NASA is sharing stories and videos about how this view of life from space is furthering knowledge of our home planet and the search for life on other worlds.

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With 'Mission 1' complete, Planet turns focus to data analysis

17 November 2017

Having achieved its original goal of taking images of the entire planet every day, Planet is now focusing on developing machine learning capabilities to convert that imagery into actionable, and lucrative, insights.

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Satellites accurately capture ocean salinity in the Arctic

16 November 2017

On-the-ground measurements are notoriously difficult in the harsh environment of the Arctic, but satellites could help close the gap in measuring sea surface salinity.

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Sentinels bring wildfires into focus

16 November 2017

In October 2017, a series of wildfires broke out in northern California, killing many and burning thousands of acres of land. Satellite imagery and particular data processing techniques are being used to help map the extent of the damage.

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Ozone ups and downs

15 November 2017

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances.

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Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing

13 November 2017

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. University of Zurich (UZH) researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales – from individual trees to whole communities – using remote sensing by aircraft. Their work paves the way for future airborne and satellite missions to monitor global plant functional diversity.

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Hot news from the Antarctic underground

07 November 2017

Study bolsters theory of heat source under West Antarctica - A new NASA study adds evidence that a geothermal heat source called a mantle plume lies deep below Antarctica's Marie Byrd Land, explaining some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under the ice sheet.

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Satellites guide ships in ice waters through the cloud

07 November 2017

In late August, the 60 m-long US Coast Guard Cutter Maple completed its navigation through the Arctic's ice-ridden Northwest Passage. While this was not the first time ships had taken this route, it was the first time that the International Ice Patrol had provided iceberg information based exclusively on satellite imagery.

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