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2011-10-03 11:36:18

Future Earth observation scientists: learn about using satellite data for science and applications development. An ESA series of advanced thematic training courses in remote sensing applications was held in Krakow, Poland last month. Those who were not able to attend can now watch the video replays of the presentations and discussions. The course aimed to train the next generation of European and Canadian Principal Investigators by introducing the available tools for taking advantage of...

2010-12-02 14:06:31

Although finding a successor to the Kyoto Protocol is a major item on the agenda at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, delegates are also working hard to establish an international climate monitoring system. In order to effectively respond to climate change challenges, decision-makers need scientifically based climate knowledge. It is the job of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to make sure that the Conference of the Parties (COP)...

2010-08-16 17:44:53

From 14 - 25 August 2010, scientists from around the world will gather in Southern Turkey to measure the spectral reflectance of a few square kilometres of salt. These measurements will have a major impact on the future of satellite based Earth observation, and will ultimately improve our understanding of the Earth's climate. For ten months of the year Tuz Göl (Lake Tuz) in southern Turkey appears to be like any other lake. However, during July and August it dries to become a bright,...

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2010-07-21 10:05:00

UK Science Minister David Willetts has announced plans to open an observation hub designed to keep tabs on ecological information, including data related to deforestation and climate change, according to a Wednesday BBC News report. The $7.6 million monitoring station will be located at the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC), Harwell, Oxfordshire, which is scheduled to open next April, according to Science Correspondent Pallab Ghosh. Not only will is act as a hub for those studying...

2010-06-22 23:01:00

PISCATAWAY, N.J., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association, and its members are applying engineering and technology principles to address issues of global environmental impact, including monitoring natural disasters and tracking man-induced hazards such as forest fires, oil spills and other types of chemical contamination. By utilizing remote sensing technology to monitor behavior on the ground, as well as in the atmosphere and water, IEEE...

2009-11-17 12:15:00

Co-chairs from China, European Commission, South Africa, United States WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is holding its annual Plenary meeting in Washington on 17-18 November to assess and promote progress towards making information about global environmental change readily available to policy-makers, managers and anyone else who needs it. "GEO is on track to make critical information about global changes widely and easily available. By...

2009-11-17 09:14:21

The United States is hosting the sixth plenary meeting of the Group on Earth Observations, or GEO, this week at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington. Reporters are invited to a Nov. 17 press opportunity and a public exhibition highlighting recent GEO projects, including several involving NASA. The press event will be held at 12:45 p.m. EST in the Reagan Building's Hemisphere A area. Photo identification is required. Sherburne B. Abbott, associate director for...

2009-11-16 07:30:00

Focus on Climate, Public Health, Energy, Water Quality, Food Security, Sea Level Rise WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Group on Earth Observations: WHAT: Group on Earth Observations Global Meeting WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 12:45 PM WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building, "Hemisphere A" -- Photo ID required. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC WHO: Sherburne B. Abbott, Associate Director for Environment, White House Office of...

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2009-10-21 10:50:00

The head of an international earth observation group announced plans join forces with space agencies and Google to monitor deforestation, which accounts for about one-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions. "The only way to measure forests efficiently is from space," said Jose Achache, Director of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). "A highly accurate and fully operational global forest carbon tracking system is now possible due to the combination of high-tech instruments, advanced science...

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2009-07-10 10:05:00

Satellites provide us with an enormous amount of quality data about our planet daily, but the value of these data can only be realized through the ability and creativity of users. ESA's series of advanced training courses brings world-renowned remote-sensing experts and students together to ensure tomorrow's scientists are able to make the most of these data. The Advanced Land Training Course, held 28 June-3 July in Prague, brought 66 students from 22 countries together with 12 leading...


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