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Processing Sentinel-1 Images of Hurricane Laura's Landfall in Louisiana

Hurricane Laura made landfall on the coast of Louisiana, southwest of Lafayette, USA, on 27 August at roughly 2 a.m. Eastern time. Hurricane-force winds of up to 74 miles per hour (120 km/h) were reported, causing considerable damage to property and sadly also the loss of many lives. While the Sentinel-1 satellites (Sentinel 1A and 1B) are designed to collect standard coverages on fixed dates (repeat pass every 6 days typically using both satellites). As it turns out, Sentinel 1A collected an im... (read more)
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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... (read more)

From Geographical Aspects of Business to Geoinformation Technologies in Business

In a recent article called ‘How Can We Attract Students to Geomatics?’, Ian Brown raised the question of the role of geomatics in modern education and how we can rouse interest in students to become part of the GIS expert community. In this column, Andrey Pirogov from Racurs takes the discussion a step further. While speaking at the Business Day during the conf... (read more)

Making the Most of Smart Tools for Intelligent Results

Why do some organisations seem so much smarter than others? Why are some companies able to navigate the uncertain currents of the world around them and handle the inherent vagaries of geology and mining practically, and others are not? In this column Chris Green, leader of strategic innovation at Maptek, concludes that smart tools do not automatically lead to more intellig... (read more)

Do What You Cannot Do Yet

“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it,” is a quote attributed to the famous Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. This quote is an inspiration for everyone who has a dream and a vision. Van Gogh captured reality in his own unique way, depicting what he saw and visualising the landscape through his paintings. A... (read more)

The Future Role of Geoinformation

I recently attended a seminar on the application of 3D, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for local authorities in The Netherlands. A couple of years ago, VR and AR were announced to much fanfare as the next big thing that would revolutionise the surveying profession. But not much has actually happened since then. Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but t... (read more)
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