Remote Sensing

Forecasting wildfire behaviour with WIFIRE

A map showing locations that experienced wildfires greater than 250 acres, from

A new instrument to fight the exponential increase of wildfires, WIFIRE, is currently being prepared in California, USA.

The team, composed of scientists, engineers, technologists, firefighters and government and industry professionals, aims to build an end-to-end cyberinfrastructure for simulation, prediction and visualization of wildfire behavior.  WIFIRE integrates heterogeneous satellite information and remote sensor data by computational techniques, in order to monitor weather patterns and predict the spread of a wildfire.

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Tue, 19/08/2014 - 11:17

China: Successful launch of Yaogan XX remote-sensing satellite

Remote sensing satellites enable studying many aspects of the planet.

On 9 August 2014, the Yaogan XX remote-sensing satellite was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province.

The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop yields and aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters, the center said.


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Mon, 11/08/2014 - 11:55

Using space technologies to study algal bloom

Algal bloom in the west end of Lake Erie captured by MODIS

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.

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Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:40

Viet Nam to boost use of satellite technology for agriculture

Vegitation Map of Mekong Delta

Viet Nam’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Quoc Doanh, announced last week plans for Viet Nam to use remote sensing technology in order to boost crop production in the Red River and Mekong River Deltas and to expand the project to include the monitoring of water and forest resources.  

"As one of the countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, natural disaster forecasting and management play an important role in mitigating losses," Doanh said.

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Mon, 04/08/2014 - 12:50

IGAC: Studying Flooding and Droughts as baseline in Agroclimatic Risks

Structure model developed for Landsat TM
CAIN, Automatic classification of flood areas using normalized water index

CIAF, the “Research and Investigation Centre Remote Sensing Group and Geographic Applications” of UN-SPIDER's Colombia Regional Support Office IGAC, has developed a model to correct and process satellite images for automatic extraction of flood areas using image processing algorithms, called "CAIN" (Atmospheric Correction and Indexes of flooding).


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Wed, 30/07/2014 - 09:17

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China and Venezuela: Agreement for new Earth Observation satellite

Rendition of VRSS-1 satellite, launched in September 2012

On 22 July 2014, Xinhua News Agency, the state press agency of the People's Republic of China, annouced that China and Venezuela agreed on the in-orbit delivery of a remote sensing satellite, VRSS-1.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) will be the major contractor of the project, expanding satellite technology transfer to Venezuela.

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Fri, 25/07/2014 - 09:59

Using remotely sensed thermal images for extreme heat events

Different spatial resolution of MODIS compared to Landsat.

Researchers from the Institute for Research on Social Issues and the Center for Urban Health of Indiana and Purdue University at Indianapolis recently published a study showing major advantages in using remote sensing assets for extreme heat vulnerability studies.

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Tue, 15/07/2014 - 10:48

9th Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

Conferences will focus on state-of-the-art active and passive remote sensing technologies and applications to monitor the atmosphere, water, and land. The symposium will bring together policy makers, scientists, and engineers from the international community to discuss the development of remote sensing technologies, data processing techniques, applications of remote sensing data, and the societal benefits of global environmental health monitoring.






13/10/2014 to 16/10/2014

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Mon, 15/09/2014


Beijing International Convention Center

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Kenya Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS)

The Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS) formerly known as Kenya Rangeland Ecological Monitoring Unit (KREMU) was established in 1976 with funding from the Government of Kenya and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The unit was under the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife with the main aim of monitoring the condition and trend of Kenya rangelands through livestock, wildlife and vegetation surveys using remote sensing, aerial surveys and ground sampling techniques


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KazEOSat-2: Second Kazakh Earth Observation Satellite is in orbit

KazEOSat-2 will also support disaster management

Kazakhstan successfully launched its second Earth Observation Satellite KazEOSat-2 on 20 June 2014 from Yasni launch base, Russia.

KazEOSat-2, with 6.5 meters spatial resolution, is expected to provide full remote sensing data such as imagery of the Kazakh territory, including monitoring and prevention of disasters as well as defense and security mapping of the country.


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Mon, 23/06/2014 - 12:16


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