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February 2, 2016

Beware the False Narrative

Having spent most of my professional career in the Washington, D.C., area, I’ve learned some lessons about how the U.S. government works—or doesn’t. One frustrating phenomenon is the false narrative: when a story at odds with reality is developed about a particular situation.

December 5, 2015

Industry Overview: Pursuing Three Pillars of Practice

The Earth-observation (EO) market enjoys a strong diversity of civil and commercial applications. And use cases will continue to increase, as the capacity for satellite-based observations is projected to explode this coming decade, with the launch of 80 percent more satellites by 2024 than were launched the prior decade (according to Euroconsult). On top of

December 2, 2015

SAR Professionals Require Data Analysis on the Fly

As with any first responders, getting relevant data about the situation is important, but understanding what the data mean is something completely different. Data analysis comes down to two things: speed and meaning.

December 2, 2015

Transparency Is Challenging the Status Quo

More industry and academia collaboration, easier points of entry for a wider audience to interact in the agency’s tradecraft and business practices, and initiatives creating a larger public conversation — all signs welcoming outsiders to a state of greater transparency at NGA.

December 2, 2015

Thermal Imagery Adds Monitoring Options

As traditional imagery becomes more of a commodity in the mapping industry, professionals are exploring new ways to utilize different sensors in a geospatial context. Thermal imagery is a promising technology that can benefit a variety of applications, although it remains underutilized in large-scale geographic acquisitions.

December 2, 2015

A Pivot Point for Space Accessibility

Space often is viewed as a high-tech futuristic dream available only to the world’s top-notch scientists. Online satellite maps, TV and GPS have snuck into common usage, but with the controlling powers being large companies or institutions. But we’re now at a tipping point for making recent and tasked satellite imagery accessible to everyone, and

September 28, 2015

Industry Overview: Moving from Measurement to Management

Ambitious statewide use of LiDAR is a natural progression for the technology, as the realism of such data dramatically improves human understanding.

September 28, 2015

Drones and New Applications for Precision Agriculture

Basic crop scouting from drones provides a major improvement over how field surveys previously were done, and it’s the primary driver for drone-technology adoption. Crop scouts traditionally were employed to walk farm fields to monitor crop condition. This is hot, time-consuming work, and crop scouts have difficulty visiting even a small percentage of a whole field, easily missing problem areas.

September 27, 2015

What Makes GEOINT, GEOINT?

Teaching in the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) field provides the opportunity for discussion and debate regarding the elements of this discipline. In the course of discussions with students, educators and those in the profession, the question as to how GEOINT is different from other geospatial analytic activities is occasionally raised. It’s an important question to answer,

September 27, 2015

First Responders Use NGA Products During Nepal Earthquake Response

In a country such as Nepal, people aren’t familiar with the concept of mapping, making imagery even more essential to relief efforts.

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