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October 11, 2016

Topographic Lidar Data Employed to Map, Preserve U.S. History

In August 2015, the National Park Service (NPS) contracted Woolpert for the Little Bighorn National Monument Mapping Project to record the locations of thousands of headstone markers at the Custer National Cemetery as well as hundreds of battlefield markers at the Little Bighorn National Monument site, which covers approximately 5.5 square miles.

July 28, 2016

Small Satellites, Big Market: Boundaries to Space-Based Earth Observation Rapidly Disappearing

For what SmallSats lack in size, they more than make up for in quantity and breadth of coverage, and that goes beyond just their physical dimensions. Along with unmanned aerial systems (UASs or drones), SmallSats (which have several related subsets such as cubesats, nanosats, microsats and others) seem to dominate headlines and conversations in Earth-observation industries and media.

July 28, 2016

Earth Observation and Big Data: Creatively Collecting, Processing and Applying Global Information

To help Earth observation (EO) at Big Data scales, teams outside GIS and remote sensing are increasingly rising to the challenge to understand data sources, management and processing.

May 27, 2016

LiDAR, GIS and the Chesapeake Conservancy: Making Precision Conservation Possible for All

Building on the practice of precision agriculture and exploiting recent computer advances, the Chesapeake Conservancy (CC) is developing open-source geoprocessing and analysis tools that help environmental nonprofits and local-government agencies prioritize conservation and restoration decision making. From creating new, high-resolution land-cover data and flow-path analyses based on LiDAR elevation data to developing custom Web applications, it’s giving partners with little or no expertise in GIS or complex modeling access to large-scale data and modeling produced by state and federal agencies as well as larger non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

May 27, 2016

Into the Glacial Abyss: Laser Scanning and UAS Technology Model Ancient Ice Cave

Working in difficult and frozen conditions 3,000 meters above sea level, with only a small time window due to changing weather and potentially melting surroundings, explorers, photographers and scientists used a laser scanner, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) vehicle and cameras to map out “The Abyss of Cenote,” one of the largest glacial caves in the Italian Dolomites.

March 31, 2016

Large-Format Printing: HP Expands Portfolio of TAA-Compliant Designjet ePrinters

HP®, Inc. (HP®) acknowledges the unique missions of government by offering a comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions for Public Sector agencies and organizations.

March 31, 2016

Keeping the County Current: A Remote-Sensing and GIS Approach to Base Mapping

Loudoun County, Va., located within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, is approximately 520 square miles and has been one of the fastest-growing U.S. counties for the last decade. The county’s eastern portion is developing rapidly, while many western areas remain rural. This rapidly changing landscape and growing population have necessitated aggressive maintenance of the county’s base map, and aerial imagery is playing a major role.

March 31, 2016

CONABIO Creates a Countrywide Conservation Baseline: Deforestation Monitoring Aids Overall Environmental Effort

Mexico is among the ambitious countries that committed to the Tier 3 requirements of the Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) international conservation mechanism. At all tiers, REDD+ involves estimating carbon stocks in forests as well as management practices that improve a forest’s carbon-carrying capacity.

February 2, 2016

State of the Industry Report: Five Years Forward: Where will we be in 2020?

The annual Earth Imaging Journal polling of its Editorial Advisory Board and industry experts typically asks the same overarching question to everyone. That’s possible when one dominant theme or trend becomes obvious, but Earth imaging is seeing a remarkable period of innovation and disruption, including the rise of unmanned aircraft systems, smallsats, phenomenal growth in the number of commercial imagery providers, cloud computing and Big Data analytics, and more.

February 2, 2016

Easier Airfield Mapping: Imagery and LiDAR Rapidly Detect and Help Map Obstructions

Aviation safety is always at the forefront of airfield operations. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DOD) have stringent criteria regarding location and classification of airfield obstructions, which is any feature that breaks a specified plane in relation to an airfield, including terrain, vegetation, buildings, electric poles and antennas.

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