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2014-04-08 15:54:34

The European Biodiversity Observation Network, EU BON -- research objectives and practical implementation The world's biodiversity is in an ongoing dramatic decline that despite conservation efforts remains unprecedented in its speed and predicted effects on global ecosystem functioning and services. The lack of available integrated biodiversity information for decisions in sectors other than nature conservation has been recognized as a main obstacle and the need to provide readily...

The Importance Of Earth Observing Satellites
2012-07-17 04:35:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Talks held at the recent biannual conference on mapping global risk ensured that leaders focused on the importance of Earth-observing satellites. The Understanding Risk Forum was organized by the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Risk and Recovery in Cape Town, South Africa earlier this month. During the conference, Earth-observing satellites became the focal point of discussion at the Forum's Earth Observing session chaired...

2012-06-19 23:00:14

CATHALAC has developed a first of its kind tool for the prediction of landslide hazards in Mesoamerica, in order to provide the region with much needed early warning capacities. The tool utilizes a range of earth observation data inputs, including data from weather forecast models. It is hoped that widespread use of the tool will lead to minimization of the loss of life and property. Panama City, Panama (PRWEB) June 19, 2012 The Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the...

2012-04-05 03:54:35

Natural hazards — like earthquakes and landslides — put people and places at risk every day, but satellites are able to help improve safety and mitigate these risks. International experts will meet next month to discuss how space-based technology can help us prepare for and respond to disasters. Organized by ESA in association with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Forum on Satellite Earth Observation for Geohazard Risk Management will be held on...

2012-03-02 04:21:07

European companies and research organizations have created a partnership to turn a wealth of data from various Earth sciences into useful and easily accessible information. The initiative is being tested using ESA´s earthquake and volcano research. The initiative is called Helix Nebula — the Science Cloud, named after the large planetary nebula sometimes referred to as the ℠Eye of God´. This partnership is working to establish a sustainable European cloud computing...

2011-02-18 13:41:00

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have agreed to formally explore strengthening their cooperation in areas of common interest. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A letter of intent signed today by Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, and Dominique Ristori, JRC Director-General, expresses the organisations' interest to further explore and propose cooperative activities in the following...

2011-02-18 12:46:12

New Digital Observatory helps to set priorities Biodiversity loss is a growing concern. Protected areas are a instrument to counteract this trend. The UN's Convention on Biological Diversity conference of the parties in Nagoya (October 2010) set stringent new targets to be reached by 2020. At least 17% of terrestrial and inland water and 10% of coastal and marine areas have to be protected. But are protected areas really protected? Are they in the right place? Where should new protected areas...

2010-12-13 14:07:16

The climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, last week agreed a package that will set up a new green climate fund for adapting to climate change, transferring technology to developing countries and reducing emissions by avoiding deforestation and forest degradation. Although countries made voluntary commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, they acknowledged that they still fall short of what climate scientists say is needed to keep the global average temperature rise below...

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)...

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2010-10-06 13:09:07

A unique partnership between NASA and agencies in Africa and Europe has sent more than 30 terabytes of free Earth science satellite data to South African researchers to support sustainable development and environmental applications in Africa. The data from one of the instruments on NASA's Terra satellite provide observations of Africa's surface and atmosphere, including vegetation structure, airborne pollution particles, cloud heights and winds. Transfer of these data to a distribution center...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.