Research and Application News
10 November 2013
International experts agree that Cyclone Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 9 November, was "probably the most intense and strongest storm of this type to make landfall". While cyclones of this intensity have occurred before, they usually lose part of their strength by the time they reach shore. Not Haiyan, which swept through six central Philippine islands packing winds of up to 270 Km/h and causing immense damage and probably unprecedented loss of life.
08 November 2013
New satellite images just obtained from NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft and the Indian Space Research Organization's OceanSAT-2 ocean wind scatterometer provide a glimpse into one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on Earth.
06 November 2013
A navigation system for self-driving vehicles that uses satellite radar data has won the top prize in the European Earth-monitoring competition.
05 November 2013
NOAA unveiled, on 05 November, the beta version of "NOAA View," an online educational tool that gives educators and the public interactive access to NOAA environmental data, enabling unique views of the world's oceans, land, atmosphere, cryosphere and climate.
05 November 2013
JRC scientists obtained remarkable results in correcting surface shapes of satellite imagery to study mountainous terrains, with a combination of topographic correction algorithms and statistical methods. The JRC presented its new method in a recently published article in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.
01 November 2013
In just five years, the partnership between the World Bank and the European Space Agency has shown that Earth observation is a critical - and some would argue, indispensable - tool in international development.
For the first time, a NASA airborne campaign will measure changes in the height of the Greenland Ice Sheet and surrounding Arctic sea ice produced by a single season of summer melt.
31 October 2013
With water security being one of Africa's biggest challenges, ESA's TIGER initiative is using satellite observations to provide local authorities with the information they need to develop this vital resource.
29 October 2013
Heavy rainfall since September 2013 has provoked important flooding in Cambodia, affecting especially north-west and south-east provinces.
25 October 2013
The ozone hole that forms each year in the stratosphere over Antarctica was slightly smaller in 2013 than average in recent decades, according to NASA satellite data.
24 October 2013
The international body representing the oil and gas industry is promoting the use of satellite Earth observation as the industry explores new frontiers. The upcoming Sentinel suite of satellites will facilitate these new endeavours.
Satellite data yield new understanding of how Galapagos volcanoes are formed and may erupt in the future
24 October 2013
The chance transit of a satellite over the April 2009 eruption of Fernandina volcano - the most active in South America's famed Galapagos archipelago - has revealed for the first time the mechanism behind the characteristic pattern of eruptive fissures on the island chain's volcanoes, according to a new study by University of Miami (UM) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists.
18 October 2013
China has established a national emergency geospatial data system to provide first-responders with detailed maps within two hours after a disaster, a senior official said.
16 October 2013
The European Commission, through the Research Executive Agency (REA), has entrusted Indra with the G-SEXTANT R&D project aimed at developing different products and services that cover the geospatial information needs of the European External Action Service and of other users.
16 October 2013
Observations from satellites (IceSat and CryoSat 2) have shown that the annual minimum of Arctic sea ice cover is shrinking, both in extent year on year, and possibly in thickness and volume. If warming trends continue, as is likely, we may see ice-free summers in the Arctic within the next decade.
Scientists say they are more certain than ever about the impact of global warming on a critical weather pattern.
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is working on a satellite-based system for substantially improving ship navigation in ice-affected waters.
07 October 2013
Satellites see defined lines of nomadic pastoralism in one of the world's poorest countries.
A colourful British Antarctic Survey map has won a coveted award.
It took only minutes after the first seismic shock that hit the Pakistani province of Baluchistan in the afternoon of 24 September for experts to understand that this emergency would require the mobilisation of humanitarian assistance. Despite the scarcity of population of Baluchistan, which is also the largest province in the country, the intensity of the quake was enough to affect 300,000 people and cause at least 348 deaths according to UN figures.
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