March 31, 2015
Researchers at MIT recently teamed with a group of data scientists to automate the evaluation of satellite imagery to identify houses and types of houses, saving considerable time and funds on the field work that precedes rural development programs. The tool can be used to fill in the gaps of poorly mapped rural areas to determine the...
March 24, 2015
Researchers and industry are collaborating on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to make pipeline inspection easier, safer and more economical. A recent UAS inspection covered 11 miles of Colonial Pipeline Company right of way in rural Virginia. The flight was conducted by the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech with support from Pipeline Research Council International.
March 19, 2015
March 17, 2015—The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Commercial satellite imagery has become an invaluable tool for applications such as mapping,
March 13, 2015
March 13, 2015—Ponds in the Arctic tundra are shrinking and slowly disappearing, according to a new study by University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researchers. More than 2,800 Arctic tundra ponds in the northern region of Alaska’s Barrow Peninsula were analyzed using historical photos and satellite images taken between 1948 and 2010. Over the
March 5, 2015
March 5, 2015—Engineers at The University of Texas at Dallas have created semiconductor technology that could make night vision and thermal imaging affordable for everyday use. Researchers in the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) in the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Sciencecreated an electronic device in affordable technology that detects electromagnetic
February 10, 2015
The Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden recently received a research grant from the Knowledge Foundation to improve remote sensing imaging tools to better monitor climate change.
February 3, 2015
NASA awarded a five-year, $30 million mission for an improved understanding of greenhouse gas sources and sinks. The Atmospheric Carbon and Transport-America (ACT-America) mission is being led by Penn State to advance our ability to predict future climate change.
January 27, 2015
Comparing an unmanned aerial vehicle to a magnetic resonance imaging machine may seem odd, but that is how the director of the Mississippi State University Geosystems Research Institute sees it. “The plant is the patient, the agronomists are the doctors, and I am the guy who works on the MRI machine,” said Robert Moorhead, GRI
January 20, 2015
Researchers are developing an unmanned quadcopter with a tube and a pump they can fly to the middle of a large body of water or other hard-to-reach area to collect samples. The goal is to obtain quick samples over large areas to increase understanding of critical natural resources.
January 20, 2015
The U.S. Department of the Interior recently announced 50 new research projects with universities and other partners, awarding nearly $6 million for inquiries into the effects of climate change and community preparedness.