Data Visualization Helps Manage Australian Drought

CSIRO has combined a broad range of data sources to build an interactive data visualization resource to facilitate better management of Australia’s ongoing drought crisis. With this in mind, the CSIRO team has been working with the Joint Agency Drought Taskforce to collate data for the National Drought Map, built on their Terria platform. The tool combines over 70 data layers in 14 categories, including weather condition data, government drought support, satellite imagery, health services and facilities, demographic data and agricultural industries. Rainfall patterns, soil moisture, government assistance availability, estimated resident population, number of farm businesses, agricultural types and employment... (read more)
2019-02-18 10:53:52

3DR Launches GCP App

3DR, makers of Site Scan, the leading drone software platform for construction and engineering professionals, has announced the release of 3DR GCP, an Android app enabled by the Trimble Catalyst on-demand Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) service that allows Site Scan users to capture and use ground control points (GCPs) on commercial drone projects easier than ever before. Instead of having to export GCP data files and manually upload them into Site Scan, 3DR customers can use 3DR GCP to quickly capture GCPs and automatically transfer them to their corresponding projects in the Site Scan cloud for geo-referencing and processing. This... (read more)
2018-05-03 12:42:51

DigitalGlobe Completes Mapping Mission for PSMA Australia

DigitalGlobe has announced it has mapped the entire continent of Australia at an unprecedented level of detail using the cutting-edge techniques of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and crowdsourcing. DigitalGlobe produced data layers for PSMA Australia to create Geoscape, a commercial location intelligence dataset about the Australian built environment that will enable end users to make business decisions with confidence. PSMA Australia is an organisation that offers authoritative geospatial data sources to public and private institutions across Australia. Geoscape describes the physical attributes of every building across all 7.6 million sq km of Australia, transforming workflows for monitoring, growth and optimisation across a broad spectrum of industries,... (read more)
2018-11-19 10:38:34

Vricon Launches 3D Data Product CitySuite

Vricon has announced the launch of CitySuite, a 3D data product to meet the ever-changing demands of the geospatial market. CitySuite is derived from Vricon’s Globe in 3D, which offers users the entire world in highly accurate, immersive 3D. The software package is designed to meet the many and variable demands of 3D geospatial users who require accuracy at a city scale, but need reasonably priced options. Vricon 3D geodata is being used by emergency responders who want to reduce response times for urban residents. It also can be used by city planners who want to leapfrog aging infrastructures. Insurance companies... (read more)
2019-07-18 02:33:21

How to use GIS for the Best

Starting with this issue, the editorial is dedicated to notes from members of our editorial board or authors, reflecting on the issue, the profession or an article they’ve been working on, giving an insight ‘behind the scenes’. I hope you enjoy it and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions. Joost Boers, Content Manager Almost halfway into 2017, this year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in the geospatial industry's history. Highlights so far include the recent Google Earth upgrade, Planet's miniature satellite launches, Amazon's free satellite imagery offering on AWS, while the forthcoming... (read more)
2017-06-02 01:15:22

Copernicus Offers 40cm Imagery from European Space Imaging

The European Space Agency has released an updated version of the Copernicus Data Access Portfolio offering 40cm imagery from the WorldView-3, WorldView-2, and GeoEye-1 satellite missions. This is the highest resolution imagery ever offered to Copernicus users who are eligible to order rush image tasking through the service. These users include the Copernicus Emergency Management Service and the European organisations operating the Copernicus Security Service: FRONTEX, the European Union Satellite Centre, and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). “Very high resolution imagery provides the backbone of the Copernicus Security Service,” says Henning Götz, Copernicus Project Manager at European Space Imaging. “Seeing more of what... (read more)
2018-04-04 01:17:43

UK Land Cover Change and CORINE

Keeping track of land cover change is essential for governments and planners in the EU. For the UK this can only be done through Earth Observation techniques. Dr Geoff Smith explains how a land cover map has been continually updated for more than three decades. Over the last 30 years, the CORINE Land Cover (CLC) map has become the de facto standard for land monitoring across Europe. CLC was born out of the Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) Programme proposed by the European Commission (EC) in the mid-1980s. CORINE overall aimed at gathering information relating to key environmental... (read more)
2017-04-10 11:54:54

Taking Tools to People for Offline Mapping

Accurate maps play a critical role in understanding communities, particularly for populations at risk of natural disasters and health emergencies. Dan Joseph and colleagues explain how the American Red Cross has mobilised thousands of volunteers to help map vulnerable communities around the world. Much of the Global North has been mapped with incredible detail and is accessible through the smartphones in our pockets. This is not the reality for billions of people around the globe, however. Families and individuals often do not exist to decisionmakers because their communities do not exist on maps. Without maps, disaster responders often cannot access... (read more)
2016-12-23 05:22:23

PlanetObserver Releases New Version of Global Imagery Basemap

PlanetObserver, a provider of geospatial data for civil and military solutions, has launched one of the most up-to-date global mosaics processed with recent and cloud-free satellite imagery. With a 10-metre resolution at the global scale, PlanetSAT Global #2018 mosaic provides accurate geographic information for any part of the world. Users benefit from a seamless view of the Earth in high-quality natural colours, for an enhanced visual experience. PlanetObserver has selected the best available multi-source data to process version #2018 of PlanetSAT Global mosaic. Very recent Sentinel-2 imagery at 10-metre resolution is used to update all large urban areas across the... (read more)
2018-03-28 09:59:31

REMAP Harnesses Google and NASA Data for Ecosystem Mapping App

University of New South Wales’s (UNSW) has developed REMAP, a mapping tool that uses machine learning and archival Landsat data to map ecosystem change. The app uses machine learning to develop a map which users can train to classify specific ecosystem types by identifying a few pixels from Google Earth, or by uploading their own field data. From that little bit of data, REMAP can apply that information to recognise ecosystems in a selected area and then returns results that let users know the final extent of the ecosystem and how much it has changed over time. “In the past... (read more)
2018-08-02 10:12:02
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