Satellite Imagery for Mapping

The ICA Commission on Mapping from Satellite Imagery is responsible for educating and informing the geospatial- data handling community about the link between the raw data captured from satellite imagery and the extraction, presentation and application of information derived from such data. See previous report on this page, GIM March 2007. ToR The Terms of Reference of the 2007-2011 commission, approved at the Moscow ICC, August 2007, include fundamental work: “[…] analysis of existing and forthcoming satellite imagery in view of their potential inputs for producing and updating topographic and thematic maps and databases; and assessment of the cartographic capabilities... (read more)
2008-06-05 12:00:00

Mapping from Satellite Imagery

The emergence of new, low-cost, internet-based mapping tools like Google Earth, Google Maps, and NASA World Wind that make thousands of satellite images available to a wide audience has greatly influenced perception and awareness. This goes for both the general public and the scientific community, who now see the enormous potential of mapping from satellite imagery. Such tools highlight the crucial role of remote sensing in providing fast, up-to-date cartographic information for informed decision making, particularly for rapid mapping of pre- and post-disaster events, emergency planning, geomarketing, or even simpler activities like planning a holiday trip. The ICA Commission on... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Multi-temporal Satellite Imagery

Taiwan lies at the border of the Eurasian and Philippine Sea Plates and faces the Pacific Ocean. Earthquakes and typhoons are the two main threats, and can cause landslides, debris flow, flooding and other natural hazards. In 2005 the World Bank categorised Taiwan as the most vulnerable country in the world in terms of the percentage of exposed areas and multiplicity of disasters. Given these circumstances, planning for hazard mitigation is important, as is management for hazardous conditions. Also necessary are decision-support tools for understanding firstly where disaster is likely to occur, secondly, when, and thirdly what kinds of disasters... (read more)
2011-02-22 04:05:38

Navteq Unveils DTM, Satellite Imagery

Navteq (IL, USA) has launched Digital Terrain Model and Satellite Imagery which enable richer, more realistic map display in location-based and navigation applications. These are in addition to NAVTEQ's 2D Landmark Footprints, Enhanced 2D Footprints, 3D City Models and 3D Landmark products. Digital Terrain Model provides three dimensional elevation data that reflects the relative height of the earth's surface. This is further enhanced with texture and colours to help users better understand where they are in relation to surrounding natural landmarks.   Satellite Imagery adds realism to map display and helps consumers more easily orient themselves in the real world... (read more)
2007-08-23 09:30:25

New Satellite Imagery Mapping Solution

DigitalGlobe (CO, USA) and DMTI Spatial Inc. (Canada) has announce the immediate availability of Satellite StreetView. Satellite StreetView is an imagery-mapping solution combining high-quality digital mapping data with the highest resolution satellite imagery commercially available on the market. This new product combines 60-centimetre resolution QuickBird orthoimagery of entire urban areas with precisely-aligned vector map layers resulting in a real-world depiction of Canadian ground features. The integration of CanMap Streetfiles provides users with street centerline data and address lookup functionality, fully integrated with the imagery. Satellite StreetView is currently available for Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Calgary. Montreal, Vancouver, Hamilton-Niagara, Halifax,... (read more)
2005-06-07 12:00:00

Satellite Imagery of Israel's Fires

A satellite map of the Israeli disaster area was used by Emercom of Russia during their assistance in fire-fighting activities near Haifa city. Detailed imagery of IKONOS satellite from 4th December was used by ScanEx specialists to prepare and provide a satellite map of the fire-stricken are, where fire blazes and smoke plumes were detected.  The fires have been raging near the city of Haifa - the third in size city in Israel - starting 2nd December. According to the estimates of the experts over 2,000 hectares of forest have been burnt and over 40 people died. Fire brigades from... (read more)
2010-12-13 10:37:26

Satellite Imagery to Shell Desktops

ER Mapper (Australia) has rolled out a new software solution for Shell exploration and production that makes Shell's twelve terabyte archive of satellite imagery available to users throughout the world. The solution was built by ER Mapper's enterprise services team and features the Image Web Server product, which uses patented image compression and serving technologies to provide a fast and responsive system, even when serving very large images to many users. Using a web browser, users simply zoom to a particular location to see the list of images available for that area. They can then ask for information about the... (read more)
2006-05-29 12:00:00

Southern Mapping Company Adds Satellite Imagery

Southern Mapping Company (SMC) recently sold its first batch of high-resolution satellite imagery, acquired from DigitalGlobe's Worldview 2 satellite over some 6500sq km to assist with mineral exploration and railway route planning. The Worldview 2 satellite captures imagery in up to eight multispectral bands at the highest resolution currently available from commercial spacecraft, 50cm. Says Norman Banks, New Business Director for SMC: "We have a distribution agreement with the satellite operator, Digital Globe, which allows us to provide cost effective solutions from this technology. They supply the data to us as individual images and our processing department ortho-rectify and mosaic... (read more)
2010-07-28 04:35:06

High-Resolution Satellite Imagery on TV

DigitalGlobe has provided NBC's "TODAY" show with access to its extensive library of advanced satellite imagery and to its 3D ImageScape product for the second edition of the "Today Goes to the Ends of the Earth" project.     Launched last year as part of NBC Universal's "Green is Universal" initiative, "Ends of the Earth" will use ImageScape, a 3D image product created as a result of DigitalGlobe and AEgis Technologies partnership to transport "TODAY" show viewers to this season's identified locations: Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, the capital city closest to the Arctic Circle, Reykjavik (Iceland), the longest coral reef... (read more)
2008-11-21 03:36:22

High-resolution Satellite Imagery of Japan

GeoEye has partnered with the Japan Space Imaging Corporation (JSI), a Mitsubishi Corporation subsidiary, to provide a major Japanese ministry with access to comprehensive high-resolution satellite imagery of all of Japan through GeoEye's EyeQ platform. Under the agreement, which extends a deal first established earlier this year, JSI will use EyeQ to provide Japanese ministry analysts with on-line, on-demand access to the GeoEye and JSI-owned satellite imagery covering Japan. JSI will manage the flow of online product to the ministry to ensure that ministry analysts receive imagery on-demand and they are able to view the data through Open Geospatial Consortium... (read more)
2012-11-29 09:08:27
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