Monitoring Tsunami Disaster Areas

Space-based imagery is being used to assess disaster areas and direct relief efforts in areas hit by the tsunamis on 26th December 2004. Canada's RADARSAT-1 satellite previously acquired over 70 archived images of the affected regions and these are being used as baseline information to be compared with newly acquired imagery. Day and night, the satellite provides synoptic coverage up to 500km by 500km per image and collects information through clouds over areas currently experiencing monsoon conditions. This data is used to monitor and map flooding, and to locate areas of standing water creating potential breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

First Ever Tsunami Satellite Data

Unique, near real-time satellite radar altimeter data on the recent Tsunami in South East Asia was captured and processed by the Faculty Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The movement of the Earth’s crust associated with the earthquake was measured with GPS; this has never been done before with previous Tsunamis and magnitude-9 Earthquakes. According to Ernst Schrama, a scientist at the university, the data was acquired by pure coincidence; radar-altimeter satellites simply happened to be ‘in the right spot at the right time.’ The satellites orbit Earth approximately fourteen times per day, settling in a... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

Trimble Acquires Pacific Crest

Trimble (CA, USA), in a cash transaction, is to acquire the privately held Pacific Crest Corporation (CA, USA). Financial terms have not been disclosed. Pacific Crest Corporation has two core business areas: its products provide in-class solutions for precision RTK GPS applications that include surveying and machine control and Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) wireless applications for weather stations, aquaculture and offshore monitoring. Trimble expects this acquisition to strengthen its wireless data communications capabilities in the engineering and construction business segment. (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Helpless Caesars of Technology

Disasters are of all ages. When they strike, more often than not they strike suddenly and ruthlessly. The damage disasters cause fills us with deep awe for the unimaginable forces natural phenomena are able to release. For a short while we bow our proud heads and feel very small and diminutive: how little control we – Caesars of technology – have over natural forces! The Christmas 2004 tsunami disaster is unprecedented in terms of the amount of sudden loss of life, injured victims and demolished constructions. However, in terms of economic losses, this natural disaster, which did overwhelmingly affect nearly... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

New 3D Photogrammetric Z/I Mouse

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions (AL, USA) has introduced the 3D photogrammetric Z/I Mouse to simplify digitising and data capture in stereo. With a radical ergonomic design, this mouse represents an industry first. For instance, it features three independent force sticks for X, Y and Z movements and a thumb wheel for fine Z movement. Its fully programmable keys improve digitising flexibility. This USB device is part of the company's redesigned Z/I Imaging ImageStation digital photogrammetric workstation and Stereo Softcopy Kit (SSK). The redesigned ImageStation workstation features ergonomically designed furniture and tower-sized computers to give a smaller footprint. The product... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

GMES Responds to Darfur Crisis

The Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security initiative (GMES) is setting up a number of services. Humanitarian aid is recognised as one of the main areas where GMES can provide services using satellite technology that answer real users’ needs. One of these, an operational service called Respond, provides mapping to humanitarian aid organisations in various operational and management roles. Respond is the first step towards a sustainable set of services offered by an ‘open service partnership’ that includes some 20 international members from the UN, the European Commission, news agencies (such as Reuters), NGO aid agencies, industry and space... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

IDB Approves US$ 3.5M Loan to the Bahamas

The IDB, the Inter-American Development Bank (DC, USA) has announced the approval of a US$ 3.5 million loan to the Bahamas. The project aims at strengthening the technical capacity of the government for the collection, analysis and dissemination of land information. Policy options and guidelines will be prepared for national land issues that will include responses from stakeholders. The project will include the modernisation and expansion of government land administration services, and the registration and taxation of real property. Geographic information will be provided for land use planning and monitoring development. The project reflects the IDB strategy for the Bahamas... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Council Approves Ukraine's Participation in Galileo

The EU's Transport, Telecommunic-ations and Energy Council has given permission to the Commission to open negotiations with the Ukraine on a 'co-operation agreement' relating to the development of Europe's satellite navigation system, Galileo. The agreement would comprise multilateral and industrial co-operation, research and scientific activities (particularly relating to standardisation), regional integrity monitoring and financial investment in Galileo. Galileo is rapidly becoming an international project. Initiated by Europe, agreements have already been signed with China and Israel, and discussions are under way with India, Russia, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico and Australia. An agreement with the USA has also been signed to... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Global Standards for Hazard Detection

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and strategic partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the private sector, are designing and developing SensorNet, a comprehensive nation-wide system for real-time detection, identification and assessment of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards. SensorNet will deploy a variety of sensors at strategic locations such as cellular communication towers and truck weighing stations, connected by secure and redundant communication channels to local, regional and national operations centres. Automated predictive plume modelling will provide rapid assessment of the direction and impact of toxic airborne releases. The objective,... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Today and Tomorrow

4th International Conference and Exhibition Laser Scanning and Digital Aerial Photography
The 4th International Conference and Exhibition Laser Scanning and Digital Aerial Photography was recently successfully held with the theme of ‘Today and Tomorrow’. More than 170 participants from twelve countries attended the event in Moscow from 9th to 10th December, and over 40 presentations were given. This conference enables specialists to share practical results of the use of aerial photography and laser scanning techniques, to establish new contacts among users, manufacturers and geodesy engineers and to announce innovations. One of the organisers of the event, Mr Gritskov from the Federal Ecological, Technological and Atomic Supervision Service drew attention to the... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00
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