This spring I was alerted by newspaper article to a marvellous TV programme. It was ‘Springwatch’, broadcast by the BBC. For three weeks on air, and on the beautiful website www.bbc.co.uk/springwatch, three hosts followed the outburst of spring in the British Isles. Webcams showed live footage of birds feeding their chicks, and in dramatically beautiful, short documentaries we saw the cubs of otter families on the Shetland Islands playing with lambs. According to the newspaper, this live show drew more viewers in the United Kingdom than did Big Brother, the ‘reality show’ about people. After years during which urbanisation and... (read more)
2006-06-27 12:00:00 Durk Haarsma, publisher

Energy Environmental Reclamation Assist

With the new push in the US to retrieve domestic sources of energy, innovative gas recovery methods are bringing extensive new drilling back to the Wyoming high plains, and once the big drilling rigs have departed, federally-mandated environmental reclamation of the disturbed 2-to 4-acre work sites begins. KC Harvey is using GIS technology to help monitor reclamation of more than 2,000 sites in Wyoming, and that number will increase in 2009.     Reclamation monitoring of soil erosion and vegetation in this, semi-arid landscape is limited to a three-month window of opportunity, usually late May through early August, when plant... (read more)
2009-06-04 09:05:01

Satellite-based Environmental Monitoring

A group of Saudi Arabian and European partners have completed a project to implement and provide satellite based environmental information products and services to the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The environmental monitoring covers all four environmental domains "land - air - coast - marine" and follows previous experience gained in the European GMES - "Global Monitoring for Environment and Security" programme. The providers are Summit Geoservices (KSA) and a European team lead by GAF and consisting of DLR, Germany and e-GEOS, Italy. The environment has become a synonym for quality of... (read more)
2010-03-04 12:22:53

Environmental Research Wins

DMCii has announced the selection of 5 science projects that will receive free satellite imagery from the DMC satellite constellation. In December 2008, scientists were invited to compete for the opportunity to use the DMC multi-spectral satellite image data in their research projects.     The successful projects are: Monitoring Dynamic Change in the Greenland Ice Sheet: A. Luckman (Swansea University); Testing Data Assimilation Schemes: JJ Settle (University of Reading), P. North (University of Swansea), T. Quaife (University College London); Assessing Seasonal Water and Restoration Status of Wetland Habitats: Dr G. Smith (Specto Natura Ltd), Dr F. Hughes & Dr... (read more)
2009-07-01 11:57:38

Environmental Sensitivity and Suitability

Country-level Planning for Rwanda
Environmental analysis is a process used to improve decision-making and ensure proposed development options are ecologically, socially and economically sound. Rwanda is one developing country with tremendous natural and human resources which need to be systematically and optimally utilised for all-embracing growth of he country. The author articulates the various factors to be considered in impact assessment for urban planning and development, ecological conservation and identification of risk-prone areas. Remote sensing and GIS are geo-spatial technologies with important applications in many areas, including natural resources, wildlife management and conservation. This study takes multi-sensor and multi-temporal remotely-sensed data to obtain updated... (read more)
2010-04-08 02:51:02 Priya Dagar, Research Associate, Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India

Environmental Monitoring for Saudi Arabia

A group of Saudi Arabian and European partners has commenced a project to implement and provide satellite-based environmental information products and services to the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The environmental monitoring covers all four environmental domains land, air, coast and marine, and follows experience gained in the European "Global Monitoring for Environment and Security" (GMES) programme. The providers are Summit Geoservices (KSA) and a European team lead by GAF and consisting of DLR, Germany and Telespazio, Italy.   Throughout the last decades the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has witnessed rapid development... (read more)
2009-03-10 09:09:13

Using GIS for Environmental Analysis

The Instituto Ambiente em Foco (IAF), a socio-environmental nonprofit organization (NGO) founded in 2007, is organizing the Third Workshop on Using GIS for Environmental Analysis, which will be held 5th to 8th October in Piracicaba (SP), Brazil.   With the participation of about 300 people, the workshop will feature lectures and workshops, and will occur in the Engineering School of Piracicaba/FUMEP. One of the workshops (Mapping Techniques in ArcGIS) will be given for the ESRI, the official developer of this software. The instructor will be the environmental engineer Bernard Barbarisi Freire, an analyst at the company and Master of Remote... (read more)
2011-09-14 09:56:10

Environmental Geodesign at Rio+20

Esri is to take part in several side events at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The conference will be held from 20 to 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Esri will explain and promote the concept of geodesign, a design framework and the supporting technology for designing more sustainable cities. The participation is realised by special invitation from the European Environment Agency (EEA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the US Department of State. Esri president Jack Dangermond said that providing solutions that support sustainable development has been... (read more)
2012-06-18 09:26:20

OGC and Environmental Information Systems

Fundamental research in engineering geology and hydrogeology cannot be performed adequately without appropriate data management. Hence one important research topic deals with the design and implementation of environmental information systems. Web Services As a research facility in Earth and Engineering Sciences we aim to provide solutions to geo-technical and environmental problems such as landslide risk assessment, groundwater vulnerability assessment, re-cultivation of abandoned industrial sites, and evaluation of construction ground or improvement of soils. In all cases, decision-making and solution concepts are based on spatial information built upon huge amounts of geodata. While in the past geodata was held locally on... (read more)
2005-10-27 12:00:00 Prof. Dr Rafig Azzam, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Environmental Monitoring Study in Romania

Vexcel Corporation (CO, USA) has been chosen by Romania's National Agency for Mineral Resources to lead a feasibility study for a countrywide environmental monitoring system for Romania's mining industry. The study, funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), will assist Romania in its efforts to curb future environmental degradation resulting from mining. The proposed environmental monitoring system will involve a variety of data collection systems, which may include satellites, aircraft and ground-based sensors, and the derived data will be collected and integrated at a centralised data management and decision support centre. To become a member of the European... (read more)
2006-01-30 12:00:00
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