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April 14, 2017

Vertical Images: From Film Making to Inspection, and Why the Future of Drones Doesn’t Lie in Flying

Successful drone entrepreneur Petr Lněnička went from award-winning filmmaker to drone inspection leader in his native Czech Republic. Here he lays out 3 pieces of advice and explains why for him, the transition seemed logical, and why he believes the future of drone mapping services will place less and less emphasis on drones and more and more...

March 22, 2017

How Do I Choose the Correct Image-Capture Settings for 3D Models?

What are the effects of the “angle between images” setting in circular missions when it comes to 3D reconstruction?

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

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.

July 16, 2015

Earth Observation Embracing the New Space Environment: The Significance of EO Smallsat Constellations

During the last several years, numerous companies announced their intention to launch low-cost Earth-observation satellite systems, most of which will be constellations of satellites. This implies a significant increase in the amount of Earth-observation data being collected and a growing number of supply choices, but what are the industry implications?

February 21, 2015

State of the Industry Report

Ever-increasing data sources and image processing capabilities are revolutionizing the Earth imaging community’s ability to map and monitor our changing planet. What are the most significant technology trends shaping the remote sensing industry? That’s the question Earth Imaging Journal’s staff asked a range of industry experts who specialize in Earth imagery collection, processing and analysis.