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October 12, 2011

Deepwater Horizon REVISITED

By John Amos, president, SkyTruth (www.skytruth.org), Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Elliott A. Norse, president, Marine Conservation Biology Institute (www.mcbi.org), Bellevue, Wash. n the early months of 2010, a technological marvel floated in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. The Deepwater Horizon was drilling the first oil well in the newly discovered Macondo

October 12, 2011

Motion Video Exploitation

By Robert Mott, Intergraph Government Solutions (www.intergraphgovsolutions.com), Reston, Va. s today’s military, public safety and intelligence organizations fight terrorism and combat weapons of mass destruction and their proliferation, it’s increasingly important that they expand their data collection and analytical capabilities into new and innovative methods. To this end, there’s increased interest in incorporating full-motion video

October 12, 2011

USGS Takes To the Sky

The U.S. Geological Survey’s recent success using drones to observe sandhill cranes in southern Colorado foreshadows the future of using unmanned aircraft for scientific research. By Mike Hutt, U.S. Geological Survey, Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center (http://rmgsc.cr.usgs.gov), Denver. he Department of the Interior (DOI) recently conducted the first small unmanned aerial system (UAS) mission using

October 12, 2011

Entering the Point Cloud

By Joshua I. France, Riegl USA (www.rieglusa.com), Orlando, Fla., and Craig Glennie, University of Houston (www.uh.edu), Houston, Texas. A detailed in the last issue of Earth Imaging Journal, a recent mobile mapping project was motivated by a highway paving company’s need for better data so it could manage its costs and bidding approach more effectively.

October 12, 2011

Cataloging Geospatial Data for the Cloud

The emergence of cloud computing in government is reducing geospatial data costs and improving user access. By James S. Blundell, Mike West, Betty Davlin, and Brandon Johnson, Geospatial Products and Solutions, Overwatch Systems (www.overwatch.com), Sterling, Va.   The emergence of cloud computing as a new paradigm for supporting the government’s goals of reduced costs and

July 8, 2011

ISS Unveils New Window to the World

NASA’s Window Observational Research Facility enables  spectacular views from the International Space Station.       By Mario Runco, Susan Runco, William L. Stefanov, and Brion Au, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. Like a human who just went through laser vision correction, the International Space Station (ISS) recently got a clearer view of Earth.

July 8, 2011

Streamlining Land Cover Classification

Combining multispectral aerial imagery with automated processing shows promise while revealing challenges. By Anna Gibson, University College of London Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (www.cege.ucl.ac.uk), London. Ordnance Survey, the U.K.’s national mapping agency, currently verifies land cover types manually. To make the process more efficient, a semi-automated approach was evaluated using readily available

July 8, 2011

Operational 3-D Creates Combat-Ready Results

By Heidi Hainsey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (www.usace.army.mil), Alexandria, Va.  Imagine being thrown into a region of the world that’s completely foreign—no recognizable sights or sounds. Also include extreme weather. Now add a hostile force intent on destroying you and your fellow warfighters with everything they have—bullets, mortars and improvised explosive devices. To survive,

July 8, 2011

Journey on the Waveform

A step-by-step description of a mobile mapping  project reveals the  tricks of the trade. By Joshua France, Riegl USA (www.rieglusa.com), Orlando, Fla., and Craig Glennie, University of Houston (www.uh.edu), Texas. The following project was motivated by a highway paving company’s need for better data so it could manage its costs and bidding approach more effectively

July 8, 2011

GIS/Remote Sensing Integration

User Expectations Drive New Applications   By James S. Blundell, vice president, Geospatial Products and Solutions, Overwatch Systems (www.overwatch.com), Sterling, Va.  Combining the strengths of best-in-breed geographic information system (GIS)  and image processing technologies is a key element of successful geospatial analysis. Today’s complex array of Earth imagery choices—electro-optical (EO), synthetic aperture radar (SAR), light

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