Satellites can greatly aid researchers to identify and study potential problem areas in the water from space like algae blooms and polluted runoff. However, the study of water with space-based technology is challenging as water absorbs and scatters light often causing lakes and oceans to appear dark or lack detail in satellite images.
From 6 to 8 August 2014 the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) met in New York. A draft resolution on the Global Geodetic Reference Frame (GGRF) was endorsed by the Committee and will now pass to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with the intent of referring the Resolution to the General Assembly later this year.
Ministers and senior leaders from UN Member states and international organizations are meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from 6 to 8 August 2014 for the Fourth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).
In mid-July 2014, the Humanitarian Open Street Map team (HOT) launched a new Version 2 update to their Tasking Manager. This tool makes it even easier for people to contribute to the maps, giving them access to project descriptions on recent humanitarian mapping work, and to join in with the mapping by taking a task.