Research and Application News
25 October 2013
The ozone hole that forms each year in the stratosphere over Antarctica was slightly smaller in 2013 than average in recent decades, according to NASA satellite data.
24 October 2013
The international body representing the oil and gas industry is promoting the use of satellite Earth observation as the industry explores new frontiers. The upcoming Sentinel suite of satellites will facilitate these new endeavours.
Satellite data yield new understanding of how Galapagos volcanoes are formed and may erupt in the future
24 October 2013
The chance transit of a satellite over the April 2009 eruption of Fernandina volcano - the most active in South America's famed Galapagos archipelago - has revealed for the first time the mechanism behind the characteristic pattern of eruptive fissures on the island chain's volcanoes, according to a new study by University of Miami (UM) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists.
18 October 2013
China has established a national emergency geospatial data system to provide first-responders with detailed maps within two hours after a disaster, a senior official said.
16 October 2013
The European Commission, through the Research Executive Agency (REA), has entrusted Indra with the G-SEXTANT R&D project aimed at developing different products and services that cover the geospatial information needs of the European External Action Service and of other users.
16 October 2013
Observations from satellites (IceSat and CryoSat 2) have shown that the annual minimum of Arctic sea ice cover is shrinking, both in extent year on year, and possibly in thickness and volume. If warming trends continue, as is likely, we may see ice-free summers in the Arctic within the next decade.
Scientists say they are more certain than ever about the impact of global warming on a critical weather pattern.
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is working on a satellite-based system for substantially improving ship navigation in ice-affected waters.
07 October 2013
Satellites see defined lines of nomadic pastoralism in one of the world's poorest countries.
A colourful British Antarctic Survey map has won a coveted award.
It took only minutes after the first seismic shock that hit the Pakistani province of Baluchistan in the afternoon of 24 September for experts to understand that this emergency would require the mobilisation of humanitarian assistance. Despite the scarcity of population of Baluchistan, which is also the largest province in the country, the intensity of the quake was enough to affect 300,000 people and cause at least 348 deaths according to UN figures.
27 September 2013
Building on its use of satellites for responding to disasters, ESA has helped to create a service that makes flood maps available simply via the Internet.
25 September 2013
Before weather radar maps, Google Earth, or handheld GPS devices, many people thought the ink on maps was dry. Today, however, the integration of location technologies, visualisation techniques and numerous data points show the world in new ways, and more importantly, reveal that the Earth is always changing.
24 September 2013
The radar on NASA and JAXA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite saw Typhoon Usagi maintaining some of its inner-core structure an hour before landfall on 22 September 2013.
23 September 2013
An online service that monitors water quality for the aquaculture industry has been selected as this year's most beneficial Earth-monitoring service for European citizens in the Copernicus Masters competition.
22 September 2013
The nonprofit organisation managing research on the International Space Station has invested $300,000 to improve on-orbit photography. It's expected that The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space's investment also will enhance Earth images for scientific research and education.
20 September 2013
After an unusually cold summer in the northernmost latitudes, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual minimum summer extent for 2013 on 13 September, the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has reported.
Surveying fire and ice: First map of all of Iceland's glaciers and subglacier volcanic calderas released
19 September 2013
For the first time, all of Iceland's glaciers are shown on a single map, produced by the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), in collaboration with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Iceland Geosurvey. The map is the first to incorporate historical data and coverage from aerial photographs and remote sensing satellites, such as Landsat and SPOT, to show the change in the areal extent of glaciers during the past century.
17 September 2013
Pioneering new technology could monitor levels of harmful Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) from space, allowing countries to pinpoint pollution hotspots and improve air quality in cities all over the world.
Global models of the climate system are now the foundation for many important climate studies, but they typically show climate changes at very large geographic scales on the order of 100 to 250 kilometres. Some data sets have scaled that down to about 10 kilometres, but even these make it difficult to analyse climate change impacts on a local or regional scale.
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