Cal Drought Deepens by the Week

August 6, 2014 by  
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On July 31, 2014, 82 percent of California was in an extreme drought and 58 percent was in exceptional drought—up from 79 and 36 percent just two weeks earlier. Infrared satellite images are striking.

Weeds Can’t Duck Drones

August 6, 2014 by  
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Researcher Chris Neeser, an Alberta Agriculture weed pest specialist, is experimenting with using unmanned aerial systems, or drones, to identify weed problems in crops.

Double Vision: European Space Agency Moves Forward with Second Sentinel Satellite

August 6, 2014 by  
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The European Space Agency’s second Sentinel-1 satellite is set to join its identical twin in orbit in early 2016, optimizing the mission’s ability to manage the environment and improve everyday lives.

Indian Drone Used to Monitor Landslide

August 6, 2014 by  
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India’s National Disaster Response Force is using Netra, an unmanned aerial system, to carry out surveillance at a landslide site in Ambegaon taluka.

NASA Launches Long-Awaited Carbon Mission

August 5, 2014 by  
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The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite aims to pinpoint atmospheric carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas responsible for warming our world.

Satellite Sail Could Mitigate Orbital Debris Problem

August 5, 2014 by  
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At the end of its mission, the descent of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.’s TechDemoSat-1 satellite will be assisted by a specialized de-orbit sail just one-thousandth of an inch thick.

Skycatch Aims to Offer Drones for Hire

August 5, 2014 by  
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Skycatch, like Google’s recently purchased satellite venture, is seeking ways to make high-resolution, easily accessible aerial imagery a part of how the everyday world works.

“Citizen Scientists” Take Control of Abandoned NASA Satellite

August 5, 2014 by  
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With NASA’s blessing and following a successful crowd-funding campaign, a group of “citizen scientists” have taken control of an abandoned NASA satellite with plans to put it back to work.

GRACE Satellite Paints Bleak Groundwater Picture

July 30, 2014 by  
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Drought and wildfires are battering several U.S. regional economies, as residents and agricultural businesses move toward water restrictions. Part of this story of water woes lies underground.

Monitoring Water Quality Down Under

July 30, 2014 by  
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Former Copernicus Masters competition winner EOMAP launched a new Web-based application that provides daily maps of Australia’s coastal water quality.

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