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

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

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 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

Southern Mapping for Environmental Sustainability

With concerns about global warming and the damage of carbon emissions on the rise, companies across the globe are finding ways to become ‘greener’. Southern Mapping Company (SMC) has partnered with Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) to help contribute towards this global greening initiative. SMC’s advanced aerial Lidar technology allows PPF to accurately scan and measure thousands of trees over a large area in a short period.     Peter Moir, chief executive of Southern Mapping Company, says that their involvement with PPF has proved to be an insightful business venture. "Corporate social investment and greening are both important issues that... (read more)
2009-11-05 01:02:17

Integrating Environmental Information Across Europe

RSW Geomatics, the 1Spatial Group and Rob Walker Consultancy have been awarded a contract by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability. This contract is to ‘Develop Technical Guidance for the INSPIRE Transformation Service’ – enabling online access to geographically referenced datasets from different countries and different environmental themes. The contract requires: •a survey of ‘state of the art' transformation services; •drafting of the associated technical guidance; •prototyping of a schema transformation service; •production of a demonstration video in three languages.   The project will last eight months and will be carried out in Cambridge, UK... (read more)
2009-12-08 09:35:03
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