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EO for Evidence-based Policymaking Discussed at WEF 2019

Back in 2016, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report highlighted the top ten risks facing our planet in terms of likelihood and impact. Included in those risks were the failure to act on climate mitigation and adaptation, extreme weather events, water and food crises, as well as biodiversity loss and ecosystem breakdown. Fast forward to 2019 and the same topics are just as prevalent inthis year’s Global Risks Report, if not more so, writes Steven Ramage. He spoke at the... (read more)
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The Year Ahead for the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

When the XXIII ISPRS Congress ‘From human history to the future with spatial information’ ended about eight months ago, it marked the beginning of the new ISPRS period: 2016-2020. Since the end of the congress, 36 workshops and conferences, with ISPRS members as either the main organiser (ISPRS-sponsored events) or a co-organiser of the event (ISPRS-co-sponsore... (read more)

Progress of Russian Geomatics in 2016

For Russian geomatics, 2016 was an abundant year in terms of events, laws and new projects, according to Andrey Pirogov from Racurs. After numerous attempts to commercialise Russia’s Earth observation and remote sensing data (RSD), the Roscosmos State Corporation (former Federal Space Agency) finally managed to do it at the end of the year and the data can now even b... (read more)

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Represents Good News for Surveying Industry

Several statements by President Donald Trump during 28 February’s joint session of Congress underlined his commitment to invest in large infrastructure projects in the USA. The geospatial sector will no doubt be keen to embrace the opportunities presented. But is there a snag? “Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports... (read more)

UAVs: The Deceptive Rise to Disruption in the Geospatial Industry

The period where exponential growth remains unnoticed following the inception of innovation is classified as ‘deception’. The year 1849 inaugurated the birth of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’), producing a deceptive impact on the industry. Today, the use of consumer UAVs for data acquisition is quickly approaching its zenith, allowing f... (read more)

Virtual Reality: the Paradigm Shift of Spatial Representation

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated representation of a three-dimensional image or environment. Usually paired with a headset, it gives the user a fully immersive experience. It is now being successfully capitalised on in the gaming, film and education sectors, to name but a few. (By Jonathan McCollin) Over the years, spatial data has and continues to be represent... (read more)
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