June 30th, 2012
This image, captured by the Pléiades 1A satellite, shows the area of Colorado affected by forest fires, enhanced with additional information by Astrium Services’ geo-experts. The images from the Earth observation satellites operated by Astrium Services (Pléiades, SPOT, etc) are often used to support homeland security and emergency services personnel following a disaster.
Launched in December 2011, Pléiades 1A generates 50cm resolution imagery, following resampling, which is used for precision mapping and photo analysis.
Colorado Forest Fires, June 2012 - Copyright CNES 2012 - Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image
Most nations warehouse a treasure trove of historic aerial photography and maps that provide the foundation for tracking significant changes over time. In addition to providing a historical perspective on land and development changes, this data is also very relevant for citizens who want to see how their places of residence have changed over time.
In the Netherlands, Dotka Data maintains a large and growing collection of historical aerial photography and maps, reflecting more than 200 years of history. The collection includes topographic maps from as far back as 1798, and aerial photographs taken for topological purposes from 1932 to current day.
Check out Esri’s new U.S. Wildfires Map here:
Since Eye on Earth just won an award at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, it seemed fitting to reprint this article about the EEA and the role of Eye on Earth.
Article Reprinted from GISWeekly, June 20, 2011
The Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency
By Susan Smith
While in Copenhagen in late March of this year GISWeekly met with Stefan Jensen, head of information services group, SEIS support program that supports the implementation of INSPIRE and develops and maintains the EEA SDI related to user needs, metadata and data licensing and Jan Bliki, project officer, GIS system development for the European Environment Agency (EEA), an agency of the European Union.
European Environment Agency main building, Copenhagen
Magellan announced its partnership with Effigis to enhance customers’ ability to collect and post-process geo-localized data. The product that will take advantage of this partnership is Magellan’s eXplorist GIS Pro 10 — a rugged, lightweight, waterproof and bluetooth-enabled handheld GPS device designed for GPS/GIS data collection.
At Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil last week, was originally titled the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development. Varying reports have emerged from that conference, with many seeking to find answers to the problems surrounding sustainable development and environmental challenges.
In the beginning the conference’s aim was to set of Sustainable Development Goals that would replace the U.N. Millennium Development Goals—which were agreed to in New York in 2000 and are set to expire in 2015—to address global poverty.
Concerns were more broadbased than that at this Summit as parties recognized and pressed forward with votes to support the need for many progressive changes in the development and environment agenda, such as broad approval for addressing an array of ocean sustainability and agricultural issues and the creation of a new high-level forum that will draft new Sustainable Development Goals by 2014.
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