This feature originally appeared in the inaugural issue of Apogeo Spatial magazine (formerly Imaging Notes).
According to a recent United Nations report, stresses on water supplies aggravated by climate change are likely to cause more conflicts, and water should be considered as vital to national security as defense. The report points out that 145 countries share watersheds with neighbors and there are more than 300 transboundary aquifers from which groundwater can be extracted.
In my work supporting disaster response operations, I have often heard practitioners say, “Where can we quickly get detailed and up-to-date map from?” Chris Hepp, by profession a medical doctor, faced the same issue when deployed on humanitarian and peacekeeping missions with international organizations to Albania, the Kosovo, Rwanda and Haiti. He recognized the value that visual spatial information can add to disaster response and recovery, and he decided to do something about it. Hepp founded Aerial Photos in Disasters Emergencies and Recovery (APDER), a small NGO based in Barcelona, Spain, with the aim to support coordination and planning processes with visual spatial information before, during and after disasters.
The HxGN LIVE event took place this week in Las Vegas, combining content across Hexagon’s main brands, Intergraph, Leica Geosystems, and metrology, as well as addressing markets of manufacturing, security, surveying and measurement, government, plant and power. The conference served more than 3,500 participants from across the globe, and 5,000 accessing the content online, with the them, Great Stories Start Here. From opening keynotes, and into the exhibit floor, many innovations were presented, and the integration of technologies to provide solutions across Hexagon’s holdings was on display.
The fifth Geospatial World Forum took place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from May 13 through 16, 2013. This is the event’s second time in The Netherlands, with last year’s event taking place in Amsterdam, and the previous three in Hyderabad, India. With a growing international audience that reached 1,000 attendees this year, and an increasingly top-level draw from government, industry and academia, the unique event has achieved good momentum. This is not to detract from prior efforts, just an observation that there is a sense of community, a sharing of vision for what geospatial technologies can contribute to a rapidly transforming world, and frank discussions and collaboration on the common pain points of technology limitations, economic challenges, and policy directives.
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Italy - INSPIRE 2013: The Green Renaissance
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Italy - International Workshop at the Crossroad of Earth Information, Technology and Social Sciences
|Tue Jun 25|
Austria - RIEGL LIDAR 2013 International User Conference
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Canada - MultiTemp 2013
|Wed Jun 26|
Portugal - 10th International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition
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Austria - GI_Forum