NASA Aircraft Monitoring Hurricane Earl

The path and intensity of Hurricane Earl off the east coast of the United States were tracked by all three of NASA's environmental science aircraft involved in the aerospace agency's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) hurricane research campaign. NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory, based at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA, went aloft from its field deployment site at Ft. Lauderdale, FL, at mid-day Wednesday to overfly the hurricane. Scientists aboard the converted jetliner worked with a variety of instruments to characterise the powerful storm system, and the DC-8's flight path took it directly over the eye of... (read more)
2010-09-07 11:27:42

Oil Pollution Monitoring from Space

Between August and November 2009 as requested by Lukoil-Nizhnevolzhskneft, ScanEx Research and Development Center completed the project for satellite monitoring of oil pollution in the North Caspian region. The project goal was to detect pollution on the surface of the North Caspian with petroleum products and identify possible pollution sources within the period of sea ice-resistant fixed platform installation in the Yuri Korchagin oil field.     The domestic network-based technology of multi-satellite monitoring ScanNet developed by ScanEx RDC was applied to ensure high probability of oil pollution detection and cause identification. The primary technology components were as follows: -... (read more)
2010-01-05 09:12:28

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

GPS for Land Subsidence Monitoring

Excessive Groundwater Extraction in Indonesia
Excessive groundwater extraction in the Bandung Basin has led to rapid sinking of the water table and is hypothesised as the main cause of land subsidence. Periodical GPS surveys were conducted from February 2000 to June 2005 but did not completely confirm the hypothesis, perhaps because of unregistered groundwater extraction or hydrogeology factors. The methods used to study land subsidence are mainly based on hydrogeology methodology such as observation of ground-water level, extensometer and piezo–meter measurement, and geodetic methods such as levelling, GPS and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). The focus here is on the use of periodic GPS survey... (read more)
2007-04-17 12:00:00

European Earth Monitoring Illustration Challenge

In conjunction with GEO magazine, the Copernicus Masters has announced it will include a competition for illustrators, graphic designers and other artists for the first time this year. Under the heading 'Traces of Humankind', participants will be asked to accentuate humankind's footprint on our blue planet by applying graphical and artistic techniques to satellite imagery. The GEO Illustration Challenge is part of the Copernicus Masters, an annual Europe-wide competition that has awarded the best projects and business ideas for Earth monitoring applications since 2011. Copernicus, meanwhile, is the satellite programme of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA)... (read more)
2013-04-12 04:38:16

Monitoring GNSS Infrastructure Network Dynamics

Trimble (CA, USA) has introduced an application for monitoring the dynamics of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) infrastructure networks: Trimble Integrity Manager software. In a GNSS network, movement of a reference antenna results in reduced data integrity. Antennas can shift for a variety of reasons such as tectonics, weather or simple human error. With Trimble Integrity Manager, network operators will know immediately if movement has occurred and whether action is needed.   The software provides a constant assessment of a network's quality with detailed reports, analysis and alarms to monitor the position of network antennas, giving operators key insight into... (read more)
2007-07-10 09:15:03

Leica Extends Deformation Monitoring Solution

Leica Geosystems has announced two new additions to its deformation monitoring solution, Leica GeoMos: GeoMoS AnyData and GeoMoS API. Since it enables powerful sensor data fusion from applications such as air or water quality monitoring and construction or building management, users can now create comprehensible visualisations and customisable reports. With GeoMoS AnyData and GeoMoS API, multiple open interface standards are accessible to provide more information to projects than just classic geodetic monitoring applications. As a result, Leica Geosystems presents the GeoMoS software as a more flexible and open solution, capable of automatically acquiring, processing and distributing intelligent information locally or via... (read more)
2015-11-11 01:09:17

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

Envisat Radar for Aircraft Monitoring

Entrepreneurs at ESA's Business Incubation centre in the Netherlands have used radar technology from the Envisat remote-sensing satellite to develop a compact, high-resolution radar that can monitor land and buildings from small aircraft. The radar can monitor structures such as dams, harbours, canals and buildings, leading to maps for urban planning, territory surveillance and cadastral updating. Several flights over the same location can spot changes between pictures, revealing ground movements that could affect structures.   Because of the compact structure of the system, it can be mounted on very small unmanned aircraft or on single-engine aircraft such as the Cessna... (read more)
2009-07-28 09:25:35

Real-time Noise and Air Quality Monitoring

Sensaris is reporting the first trial for its environmental sensor series. Air pollution is one of the most important factors affecting the quality of life and the health of the increasingly urban population. Considered separately, air pollution policy is insufficient to reach climate targets and climate policy is not enough to reach air quality targets for example with respect to ozone, an air pollutant which will become more of a problem as the climate gets warmer.     Currently, the data of the different pollutants measured at the different stations in a city are typically aggregated to a single number,... (read more)
2009-07-15 02:23:28
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