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February 21, 2015

Industry Insights: Updated Lidar Base Specification Urges Consistent Data Collection Practices

By John R. Hughes, editor, Earth Imaging Journal, Denver. In late 2009, a $14.3 million allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for new light detection and ranging (lidar) elevation data prompted the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program (NGP) to develop a common base specification for all lidar data acquired for The

February 21, 2015

Industry Overview: Coming to Terms with a Brave New Geospatial Industry

As observers of the geospatial industry for nearly 20 years, our team has seen many technological changes. We’ve witnessed the rise of the enterprise database, the evolution of mobile field mapping tools giving way to capable mobile consumer devices, central servers being augmented by cloud-distributed computing resources, and the evolution from Web mapping to a

December 13, 2014

Earth Imaging Progresses in Fits and Starts

Welcome to the first issue of Earth Imaging Journal under the ownership of V1 Media. Our team is excited to join old friends who share a passion for the promise and power of remote sensing and related geospatial technologies.   Now is a great time to be involved in Earth observation, with the proliferation of

December 13, 2014

Combining Remote Sensing and Biodiversity Research

Conservation biology has been tasked with coordinating research and monitoring efforts to revert the current biodiversity crisis. Rooted in ecology, the discipline traditionally sought relevant information from ground-based methodologies. On the other hand, the roots of environmental remote sensing lie in the geography and engineering disciplines.

December 13, 2014

NGA Helps Execute U.S. Strategy at the Top of the World

By Jason Moll, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Although the United States has had an interest in the Arctic since it purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, climate change has caused national leaders to develop new policies and strategies for the region. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has a key role in fulfilling the nation’s Arctic strategies because of its mission and ability to understand the land, sea and human activity.

September 15, 2014

Earth Observation Comes of Age

Just 15 years ago, besides the familiar hurricane swirls and other weather-related phenomena, the average person had seen few, if any, images collected by an Earth observation (EO) satellite. Meanwhile, in relative obscurity, the scientific community was benefiting from a bonanza of incredible Earth imagery from the Landsat program, which launched its first satellite in

September 15, 2014

Simplicity = Power for Geospatial Solutions

By Mladen Stojic, president, Hexagon Geospatial (www.hexagongeospatial.com), Norcross, Ga. One constant in our world is change, which can have a dramatic effect on virtually any organization around the globe. Today’s dynamically transforming landscape, whether resulting from man-made or natural causes, influences all plans and decisions. The most progressive organizations have developed the right tools and

September 15, 2014

Common, Affordable Products Lead to 
Analytic Innovation

By Dale Lehner, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va.   The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Advanced Visualization Branch, known as ASCSV, is taking imagery to new heights of usefulness with commonly used off-the-shelf software. The branch uses advanced geospatial and 3-D modeling tools to perform precise measurements, feature extraction and high-resolution

July 21, 2014

Geospatial Solutions Energize the Oil Patch

Virtually any business with assets that can be imaged and mapped will benefit from geospatial capabilities. There’s no more compelling evidence of this, however, than in the petroleum industry. According to U.K. firm Exprodat, it’s generally estimated that more than 80 percent of the data used in the petroleum industry—from the initial opportunity analysis through

July 21, 2014

USGS iCoast Needs You to Help Identify Coastal Changes

By Ethan Alpern, public affairs specialist, U.S. Geological Survey (www.usgs.gov), Reston, Va.   Hurricane season started again in June. Do you know what happens to U.S. coasts after these extreme storms? The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently launched a new crowdsourcing application called “iCoast—Did the Coast Change?” to record and reveal coastal changes from extreme storms. iCoast

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