China and Brazil Plan New Satellites

China and Brazil plan to launch three satellites in the coming few years to gather information on the Earth's environment, agriculture and urban development. These launches include the 02B, 03 and 04 of the Chinese-Brazilian Earth resource satellite series. Satellite 02B will be similar to the 01 and 02 satellites the two countries developed. China launched satellite 01 in 1999, which was in orbit for approximately four years, nearly double its designed life span of two years. It was replaced with satellite 02 in 2003. The space administrations from both countries have agreed to launch satellite 02B in 2006 to... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

International Co-operation and Knowledge Exchange

XIth Latin American Remote Sensing Symposium
The XIth biannual Latin American Remote Sensing Symposium (SELPER) was held at the Diego Portales Convention Center, Santiago, Chile, 22–26 November 2004. About 150 professionals from nearly all continents attended the symposium. The Sociedad Especialistas Latinoamericana en Percepción Remota (SELPER) Symposium is one of the most important scientific meetings in this region in the field of remote sensing and GIS. The symposium was organised by SELPER/Chile and sponsored by ESA, CONAE, INPE, GLCN, CNES, UNOOSA, FIDAE, SAF and CSA. Symposium Programme Eighty papers were presented during two plenary sessions, eleven technical sessions and one poster session. The topics of the... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Small, Virtual but Big in Digital Photogrammetry

Wehrli & Associates Inc.
Wehrli & Associates Inc., headquartered in Valhalla, New York was incorporated in 1991 with the aim of developing, manufacturing and selling photogrammetric instruments worldwide. It is a small, virtual company communicating worldwide via internet and phone and comprises two key persons, Gregory and Hans Wehrli, plus a host of highly qualified, stable, independent contractors. The first photogrammetric system developed and sold worldwide under the Wehrli & Associates Inc. brand name was the DOS-based precision photoscanner RM-1. Over the years, that system evolved into the Windows 2000 RM-2 Cut Sheet photoscanner. In 2000, Wehrli & Associates agreed with SSPE Geosystems, located... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Keep Them Sharp!

You are, as a geomatics professional, working in one of the most rapidly growing areas of the world economy. Geomatics is all around us and there is loads of work ahead. The government of India has granted an enormous commission to the world’s biggest software giant to make the vast volume of geodata accessible to government workers, surveyors and the public. This will facilitate, for example, future disaster warning, and planning for building and construction or agriculture. Imagine the economic stimulus of this job, and the offshoot of prosperity that will hopefully accompany it. In the case of India, it... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Joint China-Brazil Remote Sensing Satellites

CBERS-2
The CBERS Programme, a co-operative Chinese-Brazilian Earth Resources Satellites Programme with versatile cameras, has realised a vast success of the Brazilian data distribution policy that is leveraging research and business in Earth observation. It is expected that in 2005 new ground stations around the world will be receiving CBERS images. Since the launch of the first US Landsat-1, formerly called ERTS (Earth Resources Technology Satellite), back in 1972, the world never stopped to improve on remote sensing technologies and broaden the applications. Landsat-1 opened to the world new opportunities for observing the Earth from a completely new point of view.... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

New Tools in Land Administration Are Required

GIM International Interviews Clarissa Augustinus, UN-HABITAT
In November 2004 an Expert Group Meeting on Secure Land Tenure was held at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of this meeting was to discuss new legal frameworks for the improvement of land tenure security and related implementation tools, to discuss evolutionary approaches for recording and mapping of land tenure forms, and to discuss possibilities to improve existing land administration systems. During this unique meeting of social scientists, anthropologists, lawyers and land surveyors, GIM International took the opportunity to meet Dr Clarissa Augustinus, chief of UN-HABITAT’s Land & Tenure Section. Why has UN-HABITAT co-sponsored this meeting? UN-HABITAT has... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

New Tools in Land Administration Are Required

GIM International Interviews Clarissa Augustinus, UN-HABITAT
In November 2004 an Expert Group Meeting on Secure Land Tenure was held at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of this meeting was to discuss new legal frameworks for the improvement of land tenure security and related implementation tools, to discuss evolutionary approaches for recording and mapping of land tenure forms, and to discuss possibilities to improve existing land administration systems. During this unique meeting of social scientists, anthropologists, lawyers and land surveyors, GIM International took the opportunity to meet Dr Clarissa Augustinus, chief of UN-HABITAT’s Land & Tenure Section. Why has UN-HABITAT co-sponsored this meeting? UN-HABITAT has... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Standardising Digital Geographic Information

ISO Technical Committee 211 Plenary Meeting
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) (see websites) Technical Committee 211, Geographic Information and Geomatics Plenary Meeting was hosted by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission JRC (see websites) in Pallanza, Italy from 6th to 7th October 2004. The formal Plenary was preceded by ISO/TC 211 technical working group and related meetings from 2nd to 5th October 2004. This work aims to establish a structured set of standards for information concerning objects or phenomena directly or indirectly associated with a location relative to the Earth. These standards may specify for geographic information methods, tools and services for data... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Geospatial Co-operation in Vulnerable Sahel

AGRHYMET: Serving the Sahel Region with Geo-information and Training
To monitor the environmental changes and find solutions in the vulnerable Sahel region, the AGRHYMET institute (AGRiculture, HYdrology and METorology) was established thirty years ago. AGRHYMET aims at collecting, processing and managing biophysical and socio-economic data. Furthermore, the organisation services the Sahelian countries with information and training to cope with challenges in food security, natural resource management and desertification control. The Sahel region is a zone stretching across the African continent from the Cape Verde Islands and Mauritania to Sudan. The region is synonymous with desertification, drought and harsh living conditions. Man-induced changes to vegetation from overgrazing and intensive use... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Thai Damage Analysis

Volunteers from ESRI-Thailand have been to Takua Pa district, the most damaged area in the country, to assist search teams and to analyse tsunami damage using geo-information technology. The most urgent mission shortly after the disaster was to search for survivors and to locate the dead. Maps of the area were generated using aerial orthophotos from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and satellite images from Geo-Informatics and the Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) taken after the tsunami. Comparative maps were produced using 2003 orthophotos from the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives (MOAC) together with the RTAF and GISTDA imagery... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00
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