Using a remote sensing technology that was originally developed for Mars exploration, NASA researchers are taking a closer look at algal bloom in Lake Erie in Northern America. Harmful toxic algal blooms can have a very negative impact on the environment, human health or the economy.
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).
On 1 August 2014, the U.S. Air Force launched the seventh of its GPS 2F series of positioning, navigation and timing satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
This new GPS 2F satellites, which will be one of 31 active satellites in the constellation, provide better accuracy and resistance to jamming than the previous generation of GPS satellites, most of which are still in operation. The launch helps bolster a GPS fleet whose satellites are beginning to show their age, Air Force officials say.
NASA's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, in partnership with the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, wants to create a robotic gas station in space to service with fuel the thousands of satellites currently orbiting Earth.
This would increase life expectancy of many satellites by puting off costly launches and slowing the rate of needed material sent into space.
The United States Earth Observationsatellite Landsat 8 has recently seen a high increase in acquisition rates. On average, 700 scenes per day have been acquired (compared to 550 images per day before June 2014).
A new 3D Elevation Programme (3DEP), is the outcome of a partnership between USGS and other federal, state, local and private agencies in the United States, designed to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data of the United States.
On 16 July 2014, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Nepal, ICIMOD, received a "Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award" at the ESRI International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California, honouring its innovative use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology for addressing mountain issues in the Hindu Kush Himalayas.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured dozens of wildfires in Canada and the northwestern United States. Actively burning areas, detected by the thermal bands on MODIS, are outlined in red. Forests appear dark green.