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Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Climate Past as Prologue for Ponderosa Pines

Scientists from the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey have reconstructed the recent migration history of ponderosa pine trees in the central Rocky Mountains. Their recently published study on the movement of this species, through centuries and across complex terrain, is unprecedented in its methodology and scope. The investigation informs an uncertain climate

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

OGC Announces Standard to Make Complex Environmental Data Easier to Use in GIS

Dec. 15, 2015—The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has approved the OGC CF-netCDF 3.0 encoding using GML Coverage Application Schema, an extension to the OGC CF-netCDF 3.0 encoding standard.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Top Ten Geospatial Developments of 2015

In our regular end-of-the-year reflection, Sensors & Systems looks back over the past 12 months to come up with the top developments of 2015 that will have strong implications for geospatial industry growth and diversity in the coming years. Making the list are technology disruptions, acquisitions, modeling frameworks, mapping efforts and global change. 1. Google’s

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Fugro to Conduct Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry Surveys in Canada

Fugro has been awarded new task orders by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) to conduct airborne LiDAR bathymetry (ALB) surveys in Eastern and Central Canada. The task orders, which have been issued under a supply arrangement Fugro holds with the CHS, are in support of their nautical charting programs and involve the survey of multiple

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Trees Either Hunker Down or Press on in a Drying and Warming Western U.S. Climate

In the face of adverse conditions, people might feel tempted by two radically different options — hunker down and wait for conditions to improve, or press on and hope for the best. It would seem that trees employ similar options when the climate turns dry and hot.

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Technological Solutions and Behavioural Change Needed to Decarbonise Transport

While the transport sector contributes significantly to society and the economy it also can cause substantial adverse impacts on the environment, global climate and human health. A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) analyses key environmental trends with a view to identifying what has improved and what has hampered the past performance of

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Harvard University, Wildlife Conservation Society Launch New ‘Planetary Health Alliance’ with Support From the Rockefeller Foundation

Today Harvard University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and a range of other partner organizations are launching the Planetary Health Alliance, a new effort to dramatically improve our understanding of the linkages between environmental change and human health across the globe.

Monday, December 14th, 2015

FAA Announces Small UAS Registration Rule

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Paris Climate Deal Increases Hopes for a Sustainable Future

Paris, France, 12 December 2015—IUCN welcomes the new climate agreement adopted today by the world’s governments at the UN climate summit in Paris (COP 21), and its recognition of nature’s critical role in tackling climate change.

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

ICLEI Welcomes the Landmark Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015

PARIS, 12 December 2015] The unanimously approved Paris Agreement strives to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, with the intent to pursue a 1.5-degree target. Through this Agreement, local and subnational governments are recognized as essential actors in fast tracking transformative action in the urban world.

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