Earth Observation

New study warns: loss of rainfall satellites will hamper flood management

Flood affected areas will suffer under the loss of rain fall satellites (Image: United States Marine Corps)

Currently, there are 10 satellites dedicated to monitoring rainfall, but soon this number is likely to fall: four satellites have already passed their design life and others will follow soon. This will strongly affect flood management globally, shows a study published at Environmental Research Letter.


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Fri, 08/05/2015 - 13:51

New technology to analyse complex satellite data quickly and efficiently

The new Cube+ makes it easier evaluate satellite imagery (Image: NASA)

Ecometrica announced the delivery of the new Cube+. The combination of software and customised cloud computing hardware allows sequential images taken by satellites to be built up layer upon layer, quickly and efficiently, to provide a much more detailed, and in-depth answers to complex queries about changes to agriculture, forests, coasts and urban areas.


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Fri, 08/05/2015 - 13:31

UN-SPIDER participates in DigitalGlobe ENGAGE 2015 Conference

The Engage2015 conference brought together professionals from the earth observation field and decision makers worldwide (Image: DigitalGlobe)

DigitalGlobe organised this week, 27 to 29 April, the ENGAGE 2015 conference in London. It  focused on the importance of geospatial information and tools to help overcome challenges.

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Thu, 30/04/2015 - 10:14

China: Beidou to expand coverage by 2020

Beidou's coverage now, by 2020 it will expand to worldwide coverage (Image: NASA)

The Beidou satellite navigation system will be fully operational worldwide by 2020, said Li Jian, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).


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Wed, 29/04/2015 - 11:07

Study: Capacity building on Earth observation important for SDGs

Space-based monitoring helps track changes on large scales (Image: NASA)

Based on the findings of a scientific review of the draft SDGs, the experts have presented in the International weekly journal of science, Nature, five main priorities they recommend the scientific community to follow. These are: Devise metrics, establish monitoring mechanisms, evaluate progress, enhance infrastructure and standardize and verify data.


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Mon, 27/04/2015 - 09:05

New satellite to extend NASA and USGS Landsat programme

Moving out on Landsat 9 is a high priority for NASA and USGS (Image: NASA)

NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, to continue the observing programme of Earth’s land cover. Since 1972 one of the eight satellites in the Landsat program has photographed the entire Earth every 16 days and provide accurate measurements of Earth’s surface.  


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Fri, 24/04/2015 - 11:12

FAO and Norway to help developing countries monitor their forest through Earth observation

Forest observed through satellite imagery (Image: NASA/GSFC)

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has signed a partnership agreement with Norway in order to help developing countries assess their forest resources and changes.


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Mon, 20/04/2015 - 08:41

South Africa plans to launch Earth observation satellite in 2019

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, captured by the Proba-V satellite in January 2015 (Image: ESA/VITO)

South Africa will launch an Earth observation satellite in 2019, as the head of the South African National Space Agency Sansa, Sandile Malinge, announced to a newspaper.


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Tue, 07/04/2015 - 07:04

Joint EOGC-GIT4NDM 2015 Conference

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis







08/12/2015 to 10/12/2015


United Arab Emirates University

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Venue Country: 

  • United Arab Emirates

Event Organisers: 

United Arab Emirates University and Waterloo Institute for Disaster Management (WIDM), Canada


College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Geography and Urban Planning Department, University of Waterloo, Canada

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Sentinel-2: Europe's new Earth Observation satellite ready

Sentinel-2 (Image: ESA/S. Corvaja)

The lead spacecraft built within the Europe's new Earth observation (EO) programme is ready to go into orbit.


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Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:38


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