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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Going Beyond Global Forest Change Modeling Toward Big Earth-system Sustainability

One of the more impressive earth observation achievements in recent years was the collaboration between Google and the University of Maryland to create a global forest change assessment and visualization. This effort was unprecedented in terms of the raw computing power applied to the substantial Landsat archive, and yielding results that opened a lot of

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Google Earth Outreach Continues Collaboration with Nonprofits, Educators and Researchers for Earth Modeling and Monitoring

Google Earth is all about putting things in geographic context, aiding literacy and helping users in discovery. This capacity that started out with Keyhole technology has continuously evolved to include more data, and greater usability now with direct interface integration with Google Maps. From its early origins, the tool has also been applied to local

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

UNEP Takes Advantage of Today’s Technology for Better and Cheaper Monitoring

The United Nations Environment Program is responsible for assisting countries in the collection of environmental data for more informed development, improving their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Jacqueline McGlade, formerly the executive director of the European Environment Agency for ten years, recently joined this group as Chief Scientist, bringing her passion

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Advocating for Geography Education

  A recent opinion piece by Kirk Goldsberry, visiting scholar at Harvard University, gained a good deal of attention because it advocated for a return of a geography department to that august institution. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Goldsberry about his background, about the need to reveal spatial patterns, and

Monday, October 14th, 2013

SkyTruth Hopes to Make Skytruthing Into a Verb

SkyTruth has a mission to use remote sensing and digital mapping to educate the public and policymakers about the environmental consequences of human activity. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio recently spoke with John Amos, president of SkyTruth, about the organization’s motive and mission. Included in the conversation are details on imagery sources,

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Applying Spatial and Temporal Intelligence to Marine Spatial Planning

There’s an ongoing need to apply spatial and temporal intelligence to make sense of change. The Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association (PacMARA) is an organization that is applying decision support tools for ecosystem-based decision making for marine spatial planning. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Henry Kucera, director of the

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Spreading the Inspiration of Earth Observation

Research scientists continue to add to our understanding of Earth systems, thanks to the global earth observation capacity. Waleed Abdalati, associate professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, director of the Earth Science & Observation Center, a Fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and former NASA Chief Scientist, has

Monday, March 11th, 2013

exactEarth Provides Unique Insight Into Global Ocean Traffic

exactEarth has successfully launched an earth observation satellite constellation to track Automated Identification System (AIS) data from the world’s shipping traffic. There are a variety of applications for this technology, including safety, supply chain tracking, and military operations, as well as environmental monitoring. Sensors & Systems (S&S) special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Graham Stickler,

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Creating the World of Tomorrow

Jennifer Sheldon is an ecologist, writer, and program manager specializing in terrestrial ecology and wild dog ecology. Her research emphasis includes development of spatial models of carnivore competitive interactions, as well as the demography of coyotes during gray wolf restoration in Yellowstone National Park. Her expertise includes working with multi-disciplinary and stakeholder teams on research

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Painting a Geographical Picture of Complex Emergencies

GIS has long been used to get a handle on complex emergency situations as maps provide a means for a common understanding across diverse disaster response teams. Esri has been working to aid and support local teams as well as the general public through online tools that map and integrate with social media. Sensors &

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