NIEHS Launches Website with GIS for Assessing Environmental Hazards from Hurricane Katrina

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (NC, USA) has launched a new website with a GIS will provide valuable information for assessing environmental hazards caused by Hurricane Katrina. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health, created the website to provide the most up-to-date data to public health and safety workers on contaminants in flood waters, infrastructure and industry maps, as well as demographic information for local populations. The NIEHS Hurricane Katrina Information website accessible at the link below, provides information on assessing and evaluating hundreds of potentially hazardous environmental pollutants that... (read more)
2005-09-12 12:00:00

Precision Agriculture: Customised Nitrogen Fertilisation to Maximise Economic and Environmental Gains

Canadian agriculture has an international reputation for being highly productive and modern. The sector plays a major role in the country’s economy and contributes to 8% of GDP (approximately USD82 billion dollars) and 12% of jobs (2.1 million people). For the past few years, in order to optimise performance and revenue while respecting the environment, producers have been counting on a new ally: precision agriculture. This article explains how satellite images are used to obtain much of the information required. (By Yacine Bouroubi, Effigis, Canada) Everyone involved in Canada’s agricultural sector (decision-makers, producers and advisors) is aware of the environmental issues associated with farming (air... (read more)
2016-03-04 09:39:03

South American Ecosystems Atlas

Environmental Education for Primary Schools
The Ecosystems Atlas of South America and Antarctica is an educational programme for primary-school pupils. Software is distributed free to South American institutions that develop educational activities relating to the environment. The project is the result of successful collaboration between the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Vale do Parai­ba University, supported by the Bradesco, Vitae and Atech foundations. One of the outcomes of the first Conference on Remote Sensing Education, held in Balne¡rio Camboriu, Brazil in May 1997 was the Camboriu Document describing remote-sensing educational activities in the region. One major thing it noted was the lack of... (read more)
2007-09-19 12:00:00

Riparian Buffer Evaluation

Remote sensing for Environmental Protection at CFB Gagetown
Years of environmental neglect and deforestation on CFB Gagetown have unfortunately caused sedimentation in the more than 2,400km of streams on the base. In an effort to control this and maintain environmental sustainability, vegetation reforestation is needed to create ‘riparian buffers’. These are vegetated areas, usually forested, near a stream, which help shade and protect it from the impact of adjacent land use. The size of the area makes it important to optimise the reforestation process by identifying those areas requiring most attention. This project was initiated to find a way of identifying these critical riparian buffers using aerial imagery... (read more)
2009-09-01 12:00:00

NASA, EPA Extend Science Collaborations

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Monday to promote and continue collaboration between the two agencies in environmental and Earth sciences and applications. The agreement renews a broad partnership to promote joint efforts to improve environmental and Earth science research, technology, environmental management, and the application of Earth science data, models and technology in environmental decision-making. Both agencies have been involved in projects and activities for many years. In 2005, the first Memorandum of Agreement was signed to formalise the partnership. Areas of collaboration include climate change,... (read more)
2010-04-27 09:18:25

HSE Monitoring Using Remote Sensing

Spatial Energy and Apache Corporation, an internationally operating oil and gas exploration and production company, have announced the launch of a global Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) monitoring programme using remote-sensing data and services.     "Environmental stewardship is central to our operations, our stakeholders and our reputation. We felt it important to take advantage of the latest satellite imagery technology in developing and implementing an enterprise-wide environmental monitoring programme.  We're committed to being proactive in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our environmental decision-making process and making our operations more efficient with an on-going inventory monitoring program," said David... (read more)
2011-01-19 11:01:40

Online Discussion on Climate Change

On 9th December 2009, ESRI president Jack Dangermond opened an online discussion about the value of geographic information systems (GIS) to develop programs for carbon accounting and environmental sustainability. The conversation runs concurrently with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark. ESRI's hosted Spatial Roundtable will provide an engaging online venue for environmental professionals to weigh in on their vision for geospatial technologies' role in meeting the climate change crisis. "GIS has the robust capacity and capability to design the building blocks for carbon accounting systems including data, models, and delivery systems," said Dangermond. "It provides the... (read more)
2009-12-14 01:11:25

Satellites take sustainability to new heights

Shell Canada has incorporated Earth Observation data into its Sustainable Development Report, demonstrating the potential of satellites to provide a global and cost-effective way to measure objectively the sustainability of business activities.    Companies that aim to create wealth while also contributing to the long-term quality of life and respect for the environment regularly issue environmental audits of their Corporate Sustainable Development (CSD) activities and report on the 'triple bottom line' of economic, social and environmental impacts.   In order to quantify sustainability, accurate and timely information on the state of the environment is needed, which Earth Observation (EO) from... (read more)
2008-03-27 09:27:14

Leica Geosystems Achieves ISO Recertification

Continuous improvements and regular internal reviews ensure that the internal processes within Leica Geosystems are clearly structured and traceable. With the recent ISO recertification, issued by an external, accredited assessment and certification body, customers now also have an independent validation that the highest quality standards are met at every stage of the development and production process. The Quality and Environmental Management System of Leica Geosystems has been recertified to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 compliance for the development, manufacture, distribution, support and service of products, precision tools and systems for geomatics, industrial, machine control and construction applications with zero non-conformities.... (read more)
2013-10-29 09:26:41

Marie de Boisvilliers

Marie de Boisvilliers is an environmental engineer working as a project manager at L’Avion Jaune, a mapping service company which provides aerial imagery and 3D data using light aircraft or UAVs. Her activities include multispectral imagery, photogrammetric and Lidar data acquisition and processing, in particular for environmental management applications and ecology research. (read more)
2019-03-26 10:29:57
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