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Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Completion of Climate Forecast System Version 2 Archive

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), and the Climate Program Office are jointly announcing the completion of the public archive of the reforecasts and reanalysis from the Climate Forecast System (CFSv2)—the current NCEP operational system for monthly and seasonal forecasts. Scientists use forecast models like CFSv2 to “reanalyze”

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Intel Acquires UAV Maker Ascending Technology

Drones, also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are quickly emerging as an important computing platform of the future. With practical applications ranging from disaster response, to infrastructure inspection, to delivery of goods, UAVs offer an incredible opportunity for innovation across a multitude of industries. As a result, Intel is positioning itself at the

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The First Multi-Band Landsat-8 Mosaic over Australia Released

The latest off-the-shelf Landsat-8 mosaic, L8M Australia, has just been released by Geoshepherds. Global users can now purchase the product from the Geoshepherds website and download the imagery from Dropbox. Along with providing current imagery from 2013 to 2015, L8M Australia boasts some new features not seen before in a large-scale mosaic product, allowing for

Monday, January 4th, 2016

OGC Announces New Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Project

Jan. 4, 2016 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces a new OGC Interoperability Program project called the “Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Standards and Communication Pilot” (Arctic SDI Pilot).

Monday, January 4th, 2016

To Help Endangered Fish, Scientists “Listen” to River Sediment

BOISE, Idaho — Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are applying acoustic technology to better estimate the types and amounts of sediment in northern Idaho’s Kootenai River. An improved understanding of how the river transports sediment is critical to ongoing efforts by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to restore river habitat.

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Ten Sensors & Systems Predictions for 2016

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Sensors & Systems has been doing this for the past nine years now, and we’ve taken another stab with this latest list. We did some reflecting on emerging issues, innovative approaches and technology trends to come up with the following predictions for 2016. On the

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Modeling Amazonian Transitional Forest Micrometeorology

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 29, 2015 — What can mathematical modeling teach us about the micrometeorology of the southern Amazonian “transitional” forest? Quite a lot, it turns out. This particular forest is located between the rain forest of the Amazon Basin and the tropical Brazilian Savanna, so it plays a crucial role in both regional and

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

UrtheCast Announces Wade Larson as CEO

Announced on Dec. 9, 2015, Wade Larson has accepted the role as UrtheCast’s Chief Executive Officer, in addition to his roles as President and COO. As a co-founder of UrtheCast five years ago, Wade developed the original vision behind the company. He has over 20 years of space sector experience with the Canadian Space Agency,

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

China Launches High-Resolution Earth Observation Satellite

China launched a geosynchronous high-resolution Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-4, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern province of Sichuan at 00:04 a.m. (local time) aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Sanborn Commercial Drone Services in Full Swing

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 29, 2015—The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. (Sanborn) announces that several of its seasoned pilots have completed extensive unmanned aircraft system (UAS) training and now are qualified to perform commercial flights with the firm’s UAS. Earlier in 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Sanborn a Section 333 Exemption to commercially operate a

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