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Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Specialized Sensors Perform in Extreme Environments

Sensors withstand extreme temperatures, pressures and aggressive chemicals By Will Meenan, Kaman Precision Products/Measuring It takes an extremely durable design to make reliable measurements in extreme conditions. Extreme environment position/displacement sensors perform where most sensors cannot survive. These sensors are designed to operate in the following environmental conditions: ·       High or cryogenic temperatures ·       Aggressive

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Oceangate and 2G Robotics to Laser Scan Titanic Shipwreck and Debris Field

OceanGate Inc., a provider of manned submersible services, and 2G Robotics, which develops underwater laser scanners, formed a strategic alliance to capture laser data of the RMS Titanic shipwreck and debris field. 2G Robotics ULS-500 PRO underwater laser scanner will be installed on OceanGate’s Cyclops 2, the first manned submersible to survey the Titanic since

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

2017 Was Third-Warmest Year on Record for United States

2017 will be remembered as a year of extremes for the United States as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, fires and freezes claimed hundreds of lives and visited economic hardship upon the nation. Recovery from the ravages of three major Atlantic hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. and an extreme and ongoing wildfire season in the

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Federally Funded Study Calls for Agencies to Join Forces on Climate Change

NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) should join forces to track changes in Earth’s temperature, according to a federally funded study on climate change. The three agencies should implement “a coordinated approach for their space-based environmental observations to further advance Earth science and applications for the next

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Wet Winters May Not Dampen Small Wildfires

NASA scientists conducting research on the connection between fuel moisture and fires uncovered a paradox: a wet winter corresponds to more small wildfires in the following fire season, not fewer, as is commonly assumed. Large fires behave more “logically,” with fewer large fires after a wet winter and more after a dry one. “This is

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Can Smart Water Systems Prevent Wildfires?

Along with the larger forces of climate change, another contributing factor to the fierce wildfires in California has been the dry soil conditions. Light rainfall, combined with heavy use of aquifers by large farms, has created perfect conditions for an inferno. Stories of homeowners saving their homes by turning on sprinklers remotely are not as

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

GIS Technology Will Help Power United Nations’ New Global Data Hub

Esri and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) are working with a number of member states to utilize a data hub that will allow countries to measure, monitor and report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a geographic context. This new hub, called the Federated System for the SDGs, is based on Esri’s ArcGIS

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Esri Donating Software Licenses to URISA GISCorps Volunteers

Esri will donate personal-use licenses of its ArcGIS software for each GISCorps volunteer who takes a GIS Service Pledge to volunteer for a good cause. GISCorps is a program of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and has been providing a range of mapping and disaster response services for more than 14 years

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Satellites Accurately Capture Ocean Salinity in Arctic

Monitoring ocean salinity is essential for understanding its impact on ocean circulation, Earth’s water cycle, marine ecology and climate change. Ocean salinity in the Arctic is of particular interest, because it changes significantly with seasonal ice cover and is expected to decrease as the Greenland ice sheet melts and releases massive amounts of freshwater. Despite

Monday, November 20th, 2017

American Association of Geographers Successfully Introduce Geospatial Data Act

Legislative sponsors Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR-04), and U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) collaborated with GIS organizations across government and industry to advocate for common data standards, interagency collaboration and transparency to taxpayers on shared national data services. Agreeing to a common vision will make it

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