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

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

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

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

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 Information to be Currency

Participants at the fifth Intergeo preview all agreed that the geo disciplines need to be integrated more closely in the future in order to promote environmental protection. Geoexperts are faced with a special responsibility - "environmental information is always geoinformation," said Prof. Klaus Greve. At the event in Cologne, Prof. Greve, Executive Director of the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn, highlighted environmental information as "the currency of environmental policy, without which environmental protection measures cannot be implemented in the long term". Dr. Jens Riecken, Vice President of the DVW, was not slow to emphasise the key role... (read more)
2010-06-21 03:48:02

GIS for Environmental Impact Assessment

SuperGeo Malaysia successfully promoted SuperGIS Desktop to Capai Cerah, a consultancy company in Malaysia, for improving GIS projects in environmental impact assessment. This company targets at project services for several government sectors in Malaysia. Since SuperGIS Desktop offers GIS tools for users to process, display, edit, manage, query, and analyse spatial data on a professional GIS platform, Capai Cerah would like to utilise the software to enhance the map display and visualised analyses for government projects. Different sectors can therefore employ the results to assist decision and policy making with GIS technologies in a visualised way.This procurement is contributed by... (read more)
2010-11-18 11:13:17

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
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