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Environment

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Australia – Landsat Mosaic 2006 Now Available

PR – This unique visual record of landscape and vegetation changes in Australia now extends to 34 years, with the availability of 2006 data from the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites. Satellite images and data, spanning from 1972 to 2006, are now available from Geoscience Australia and Landsat distributors.

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Synergy Between the Water Framework and Habitat Directives

PR – When the Water Framework Directive is implemented in Denmark, it will not only improve the surface water and marine environment, but there is a good chance that it will also contribute to fulfilling the goals of many of the action plans for nature and biodiversity. This is because a large part of Danish

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

GIS Helps Bolster Hurricane Preparation and Response

PR – Geographic information system (GIS) technology played a key role in assisting federal, state, and local agencies to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Gustav. Using ArcGIS software and Web GIS services from ESRI, staff were able to more effectively prepare for the hurricane’s impact.  Officials viewed spatial and related tabular information to make assessments

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

New Zealand Geothermal Station Operational

PR – Mighty River Power’s new Kawerau geothermal power station is now fully operational – ahead of time, under budget and capable of generating at a higher-than-expected capacity of 100 MW. The $300 million Kawerau project is the largest single geothermal development in New Zealand in more than 20 years. The station’s output significantly increases

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Satellites to Map Mosquito-Breeding Areas

PR – After successfully using space technology to provide healthcare in rural areas, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is now planning to embark upon a unique venture of mapping mosquito-breeding areas in the country with the help of remote sensing satellites. According to ISRO’s Director of Telemedicine L.S. Satyamurthy, the country’s space research agency will

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

National Australia Coastal Website Released

PR – Geoscience Australia, the national custodian for coastal geoscientific data and information, launched the OzCoasts web-based database and information system in August. The website will contribute to improving natural resource management and the conservation of Australia’s coastal zone, estuaries and near-shore environments.

Monday, September 1st, 2008

New Report Available on Ecosystems and Climate Change

PR – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report that can help reduce the potential impacts of climate change on estuaries, forests, wetlands, coral reefs, and other sensitive ecosystems. The report, entitled Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources, identifies strategies to protect the environment as these changes occur. Managing

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Scottish Wave Buoys Launched

PR – Neww wave buoys, which will monitor wave activity around Scotland’s coastline, were deployed this week on the east coast of Scotland. The project, which is part-funded by the Scottish Government, is part of the ongoing UK-wide development of the Storm Tide Forecasting Service (STFS) to extend the existing UK WaveNet network of buoys

Monday, August 25th, 2008

VR Group Finland Challenges Rail Passengers to Support Conservation of Heritage Landscapes

PR – VR is supporting the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (SLL) in restoring heritage rural landscapes and calls on its customers to make their own contribution. VR is donating five cents from each long-distance rail ticket purchased during September 2008 to the project Matkalla maisemaan – luonnollisesti (Scenic travelling – naturally).

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Harmonized World Soil Database v 1.0

PR – The Harmonized World Soil Database is a 30 arc-second raster database with over 15000 different soil mapping units that combines existing regional and national updates of soil information worldwide (SOTER, ESD, Soil Map of China, WISE) with the information contained within the 1:5 000 000 scale FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World (FAO,

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