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PCI Geomatics to Provide Live Demonstration of 30cm WorldView-3 Imagery & Applications
NOAA Tool Useful for Protecting Corals from Runoff

Feb. 26, 2015—Local officials are using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s OpenNSPECT, the Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool, to estimate the amount of runoff, sediment, and pollutants that drain into coastal waters where corals reside, and to explore how various restoration and land use activities might impact corals.

Scientists Warn Climate Change is Threatening World's Most Expansive Temperate Rainforests

ASHLAND, Ore., Feb. 26, 2015—International climate change and rainforest experts warned that without drastic and immediate cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and new forest protections, the world's most expansive stretch of temperate rainforests from Alaska to the coast redwoods will experience irreparable losses.

Ordnance Survey to Open Hub Dedicated to Innovation

Feb. 26, 2015—In a move that aims to energise innovation in the UK geospatial industry, Ordnance Survey is opening a London-based Geospatial Innovation Hub to attract new players, new visions, new thinking and new markets.

United Nations, DigitalGlobe Sign Agreement to Collaborate on High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and Geospatial Solutions

LONGMONT, Colo., Feb. 26, 2015—DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution satellite imagery and geospatial solutions, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations.

Intermap Technologies Secures $7.3MM Debt Financing With Vertex One

Feb.27, 2015 - Intermap Technologies Corporation, a leading provider of geospatial solutions on-demand created from its uniform, high-resolution 3D digital models of the earth's surface, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to complete a non-brokered $7.3 million debt financing with Vertex One Asset Management of Vancouver, BC.

Student Chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing to Meet March 4

Feb.27, 2015 — The Kansas State University student chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, or ASPRS, will have its inaugural general membership meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in 164H Seaton Hall.

Agency9 Brings WebGL Streaming of 3D Cities to IOS and Android

Stockholm, Sweden, Feb.27,2015 — Agency9, the leading provider of online 3D visualisation, today extends its 3DMaps WebGL support to iOS and Android devices. Large highly detailed 3D city models can now be streamed to web browsers on both tablets and smartphones with both high performance and visual quality. Mobile support substantially improves reach in GIS and planning applications. Using WebGL and HTML5 improves usability with plugin free viewing of 3D directly in the web browser, eliminating the need for the download and installation of dedicated apps.

Innovative Approaches to Tackling Wildlife Crime on the Frontlines

Feb. 26, 2015—Ground-breaking community-led approaches to combating wildlife crime around the world will be shared at an international symposium taking place in Muldersdrift near Johannesburg from 26-28 February, attended by researchers, community groups, government officials, UN agencies and NGOs. The findings will be taken to the high level wildlife conference in Kasane, Botswana next month. 

New Interactive Flood Warning Maps for the Blue River Basin in Kansas and Missouri

Feb. 26, 2015—A new interactive online tool to improve flood warnings and emergency management is now available in selected parts of Johnson County, Kansas, and Jackson County, Missouri. These new maps were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Overland Park, Kansas, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri. 

510 Smallsat Launches Planned Over Next Five Years

Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, Feb. 26, 2015—According to Euroconsult's newly released research titled Prospects for the Small Satellite Market, a total of 510 small satellites, or smallsats (meaning nanosats, cubesats, microsats and minisats) are to be launched in the next five years, a two-third increase in the average number of smallsats per year versus that of the past decade. This total includes 14 constellations of different sizes and capabilities that represent a total of 140 satellites. 

Commercial UAV Expo - Call for Speakers is Open, Deadline is March 6

Feb.26, 2015 — Commercial UAV Expo is a conference and exhibition focused on expanding commercial uses of sUAS technology taking place October 5-7, 2015 in Las Vegas. Candid and unbiased, the goal is to share knowledge and best practices among end users. 

Thermal Mapping Helps Redbridge Target Energy Inefficient Properties

Leicestershire, Feb.26, 2015 — A night time aerial survey of the Redbridge area of London is being used to map heat loss from buildings. Thermal map data is helping the London Borough of Redbridge assess how different types of buildings are performing in terms of heat loss. The ongoing study is exploring possible connections between property, land use types and heat loss in order to identify specific types of buildings that are most in need of energy efficiency improvements.

Blue Marble Offers Free Global Mapper Training and User Certification in 2015 with Re-vamped Training Program

Hallowell, Maine, Feb. 25, 2015 — Blue Marble Geographics (bluemarblegeo.com) is pleased to announce several new training programs being offered in 2015. The new programs include a Software Certification Program delivered via Public and On-site Training sessions, a Self-Training Program and Free Training. Blue Marble's geospatial data manipulation, visualization and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as governmental and university organizations.

Martinez Geospatial, Inc. Upgrades Toolset with Optech Lynx SG1

Feb.25, 2015 — Optech is pleased to announce delivery of an Optech Lynx SG1 Mobile Mapper™ to Martinez Geospatial, Inc. Founded in 1974, Martinez Geospatial has built an industry-wide reputation as an expert in gathering, understanding, and delivering high-quality geospatial data through the use of many different methods, and has now upgraded their abilities with the most accurate and powerful mobile mapper on the market.

DigitalGlobe Announces Availability of 30 cm Satellite Imagery to All Customers

LONGMONT, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2015—  DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery and geospatial solutions, today announced the full availability of 30 cm satellite imagery products, an industry first that builds upon the company’s gold standard for image quality and resolution.

PCI Geomatics Implements Support for KazEOSat-1

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, Feb. 25, 2015—PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today that it has implemented support for KazEOSat-1, an Earth Observation satellite owned and operated by the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), a division of Kazcosmos.

OGC Smart Cities Spatial Information Framework White Paper Announced

Feb.25, 2015 — The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) membership has approved the OGC® Smart Cities Spatial Information Framework white paper. This essential document for Smart City systems planning is available free at https://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/?artifact_id=61188.

£3 Million Mapping Project to Transform Road Improvements and Maintenance

Feb.25, 2015 — Department for Transport project with Ordnance Survey (OS) will deliver the next generation road mapping for England and Wales.

K-State Salina Receives Statewide Access for Flight Operations of Small UAS

SALINA, Kansas, Feb.25, 2015 — Kansas State University Salina has reached a national milestone in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, becoming the first entity in the country to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, for statewide access during flight operations.

CubeWerx Releases Revolutionary New Cloud Platform for Delivering Imagery Through Open Web Services

Gatineau, QC, Feb. 25, 2015 — CubeWerx today announced the availability of OpenImgeMap™ – A cloud-based platform for hosting and publishing dynamic collections of geospatial imagery and securely delivering them through Open APIs. As a world leader in the provisioning of interoperable Web services, CubeWerx now sets the bar for dynamic hosting of imagery. Upload your data, tile it, and create Web services in minutes instead of hours or days.

ORBIT Strengthens Position in Earth Observation Market - Lands New Contract from a Leading Space Agency in Europe

Netanya, Israel, Feb. 25, 2015 — ORBIT Communication Systems, a leading provider of mission and business critical communication solutions for land, sea, air and space applications, announced today that it has won a contract to supply its Gaia-100 earth observation ground station solution to a leading Space Agency in Europe.

OGC Adopts ARML 2.0, New Open Standard Encoding for Sharing Augmented Reality Data

Feb.25, 2015 — The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership has approved the OGC® Augmented Reality Markup Language 2.0 Interface Standard (ARML 2.0). ARML 2.0 provides a free and open, non-proprietary encoding that augmented reality (AR) content providers can use to specify the visual appearance and real world “anchors” (including location) of virtual objects in an AR scene. Additionally, ARML 2.0 defines an interface (based on ECMAScript) for communicating how user input selects, queries and dynamically changes the properties of these virtual objects.

Pre Registration and Call for Abstracts UAS MAPPING RENO

Bethesda, MD, Feb.25, 2015  — The second annual technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is scheduled for September 29-30, 2015 in Reno, Nevada. Expanding on the highly successful format and events of last year’s symposium this year’s event will include test flights, UAS data processing, and workshops. The extended schedule is:

GoGeomatics Canada is Offering Resume Writing Services for Geospatial Professionals

Feb.25, 2015 — GoGeomatics Canada recently launched a new service for job seekers looking for work in geomatics, GIS, remote sensing, surveying, cartography, and other related fields. Their Geospatial Resume and Cover Letter Writing Services are designed to offer an effective, affordable approach to help geospatial job seekers find employment, regardless of where they are located.

TerraGo Partners with Leading GIS Consulting Firm RazorTek

Washington, DC, Feb. 24, 2015—TerraGo is pleased to announce their partnership with RazorTek, a leading GIS and remote sensing consulting firm specializing in design, development and automation of complex systems for spatial data display and analysis.

Exelis Releases First Nighttime Infrared Imagery from CorvusEye 1500 Wide-area Airborne System

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2015—Exelis (XLS) released the first nighttime imagery taken by the CorvusEye 1500 wide-area airborne system. The image, taken using a mid-wave infrared (IR) sensor, depicts cars and pedestrians in downtown Rochester.

New Book Explores "Green Transformations"

Feb. 23, 2015—The Politics of Green Transformations, edited by Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell, examines what social and political alliances are required to undertake these green transformations.

OceanWise Teams Up with IMarEST to Provide Data Management Training Courses

Feb. 23, 2015—OceanWise, the independent marine data management and GIS specialists, are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) - the largest international professional body and learned society for marine professionals - to develop and deliver industry essential Marine Data Awareness Training Courses in London and overseas.

USGS Identifies Areas with Critical Mineral Resource Potential in North-Central Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 23, 2015—New maps highlighting areas with potential for placer gold and five other critical mineral deposit types in the Bureau of Land Management’s Central Yukon Planning Area in central and northern Alaska are being released today. The maps were created using a geographic information system-based method for identifying areas with mineral resource potential across large regions. The maps are of particular importance because they identify potential sources for critical elements in short supply globally that are essential for modern society.