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Friday, September 12th, 2014

US Strategic Command Confirms Fall of Russian Military Satellite

Russian reconnaissance satellite Kosmos-2495 reentered the atmosphere and crashed last week, a spokesman for the US Strategic Command told RIA Novosti on Friday. “US Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Space through the Joint Space Operations Center assesses with high confidence that Kosmos-2495 reentered the atmosphere and was removed from the

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Personalizing Climate Change through Open Data and Apps

Government-released open data is fuelling a whole new level of innovation in sustainability. Moving beyond hackathons, today’s climate data partnerships are creating unique ventures that cross boundaries between business, government and academia. Recently, the geographic information system technology (GIS) company Esri held the Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge in conjunction with the White House’s Climate

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

New UN Climate Summit Campaign Creates Immediate Global Impact

A joint awareness campaign from Upworthy and Unilever Project Sunlight, in cooperation with the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit, has already exceeded expectations. In its first seven days, the digital media initiative engaged more than 9.7 million people worldwide, with the average piece of content generating more than 400,000 views. More than 150,000 social actions (shares/likes/comments)

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Hurricane-Proof Drones Are the Storm Chasers of Tomorrow

Current hurricane-hunting planes gather data on winds, pressure, precipitation and temperature, but they can’t fly below about 5,000 feet because of extreme turbulence. Dropsondes, small cylindrical sensors that can be dropped from a plane, only provide a few minutes’ worth of data before falling into the ocean. A new unmanned aerial vehicle, however, will go

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of ‘Spatial Thinking’

The rise in mobile navigation technology has, in just a few years, transformed the way we get around cities. In 2011, 35 percent of Americans had smartphones; by 2013, that had grown to 61 percent. Three-quarters of those people now use their phones for directions and location-based services. One in five Americans used the Google Maps app in June;

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Concern About Earth Observation Measurement Longevity

Studying complex environmental systems, such as atmospheric chemistry and climate, requires a global, long-term view—the view from a satellite. Civilian Earth-observing satellites date to 1960, when NASA launched its first Television Infrared Observation Satellite to map cloud cover. Today, NASA counts 17 and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration counts 15 active Earth-observing platforms in

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Library of Congress Plans Geospatial Search Engine

The Library of Congress may soon have search engine software that can locate and manage geospatial information in and outside the library system and work with a variety of geographic mapping and analysis tools. The “geospatial search engine software solution” would let staff collect data in a variety of formats and sources, including geospatial data

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Napa Quake Unleashes Groundwater

The earth’s mighty shifting – which caused about $400 million in damage to Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties – also mysteriously forced groundwater to the surface and into several dry or nearly dry creeks and streams in the region. Torrents of water have been flowing down Wild Horse and Green Valley creeks and another unnamed waterway

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

RCMP Use Drone to Find Lost Family

RCMP say a drone was used to help locate a family that got lost in the woods. On Saturday at 4:30 p.m., two adults and their 17-month-old child entered the woods off the Highway 107 extension. The Dartmouth family got lost and called police around 8:30 p.m. A drone was deployed, and the family was found

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

A Good Gig for a Geographer

At a time in Mr. Obama’s presidency when political, national security and sartorial critics are chanting, “You’re doing it wrong,” Marvin Nicholson, whose official title is White House travel director, is a trusted source of good vibes. A nonjudgmental figure who will never question the president’s double-bogeys or his shifting red line in Syria, Mr.

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