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What is GEO? A quick look at the Group on Earth Observations

18 February 2014

The 10th GEO Plenary in January marked an opportunity for the organisation to celebrate its accomplishments and set goals for the future. At Earthzine, this gathering also provided an opportunity to highlight the Group on Earth Observations.

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15 million pound investment seals UK/France space collaboration

31 January 2014

The UK Space Agency and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have today (31 January 2014) agreed a deal to work even closer together on space activities.

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France to make older Spot images available to researchers for free

23 January 2014

The French government has agreed to open its Spot optical Earth observation data archive and distribute, free of charge to noncommercial users, Spot satellite data that are at least five years old.

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The Group on Earth Observations looks toward a second decade of data sharing

06 January 2014

The image that best captures the raison d'etre of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) - which is holding its 10th plenary in Geneva, Switzerland, this month - is not a satellite image. Strictly speaking, the image doesn't even fall into the category of Earth observation; it is a rather ordinary looking graph from a PowerPoint presentation used by Barbara J. Ryan, director of the GEO Secretariat, at a workshop hosted by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in Ankara, Turkey, in November.

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New mandates put the squeeze on NASA core Earth science missions

12 December 2013

In an era of flat budgets, the NASA Earth Science Division's growing role in offering sustained observations of various phenomena including ozone profiles and incoming solar energy is likely to diminish available funding for core missions, said Mike Freilich, head of NASA's Earth Science Division.

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Leading satellite industry associations in Europe and America seek to change the global conversation

03 December 2013

Coordinating an alliance of the world's leading industry trade associations, the Society of Satellite Professionals International announced today the launch of a global campaign to change the global conversation about satellite. Called the Industry Message Summit, the effort aims to focus attention on the industry's striking contributions to human welfare, safety and prosperity around the world.

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Industry Committee approves Copernicus, the EU's new Earth observation system

28 November 2013

Copernicus, the EU's new Earth Observation System, was approved by the Industry Committee on Thursday. Replacing the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, it will have a 3.79 billion Euro budget for 2014-2020. Its data will serve many purposes, including monitoring climate change and protecting public security.

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Free access to Copernicus Sentinel satellite data

15 November 2013

Free and open access to Sentinel satellite data will be granted for the Copernicus operational phase.

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RapidEye is now BlackBridge

06 November 2013

RapidEye has officially changed its name to BlackBridge. This change is the result of a two-year process of uniting all BlackBridge owned companies as one presence in the marketplace.

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DigitalGlobe revenue up sharply despite U.S. spending slowdown

01 November 2013

Satellite Earth imagery provider DigitalGlobe on 31 October said its U.S. government business is showing almost no effects of the budget issues that have frozen or reduced spending in most federal agencies, and that its commercial business was growing as well.

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Continuing resolution provides funding flexibility for weather satellites

18 October 2013

The spending bill passed by Congress on 16 October provides the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with temporary flexibility for whatever funding it needs to maintain the launch schedules for two key weather satellite programs.

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NASA shuts down in federal government funding impasse

01 October 2013

With the United States federal government in partial shutdown, NASA is implementing drastic, across-the-board furloughs that will severely curtail ongoing research and development and shut down the agency's widely visited web site and satellite television channels.

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IPCC climate report: Humans 'dominant cause' of warming

27 September 2013

A landmark report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the "dominant cause" of global warming since the 1950s.

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Stopgap spending bill carves out exception for U.S. weather satellites

11 September 2013

The stopgap spending measure the U.S. House of Representatives had been expected to pass this week to keep federal agencies operating past the end of the month would hold NASA's budget flat through year's end but allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to fund two weather satellites programs above 2013 levels.

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Iceland signs accession agreement with EUMETSAT

02 September 2013

Iceland is on its way to becoming a EUMETSAT Member State in 2014 following the signature of the accession agreement by EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier and Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland on 30 August.

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New NRC report calls for sustained Landsat program

09 August 2013

Senate appropriators already skeptical of NASA's plan to explore hosted payload and international partnership concepts as an alternative to building another dedicated Landsat spacecraft were handed fresh ammunition with the 8 Aug release of a National Research Council (NRC) report calling for a "systematic and deliberate program" to prevent a disruption in Landsat's 40-year record of moderate-resolution land imagery.

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