Planet Signs Deal with Thailand's Space Agency to Serve National Monitoring

Planet, a leading geospatial data and analytics company, has signed a deal with the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), an agency under Thailand's Ministry of Science and Technology, to provide satellite imagery to enable frequent monitoring in the country. Planet will provide GISTDA with Planet Basemaps over the country on a quarterly basis. These basemaps will provision the government with the most recent and cloud-free imagery for use by several ministries, including Agriculture, Rural Development, and Water and Irrigation. "With persistent monitoring and analysis from Planet, Thailand will gain unprecedented insights, which will guide national priorities like sustainability and resource management, urban planning, food security,... (read more)
2018-07-13 02:11:57

RIEGL LiDAR 2015 International User Conference Registration Now Open

RIEGL LiDAR 2015 will be held Tuesday 5 May to Thursday 7 May in Hong Kong, and Thursday 7 May and Friday 8th May in Guangzhou (Canton), China. RIEGL is putting together a diverse and exciting agenda for RIEGL LiDAR 2015, proving the broad usage of RIEGL LiDAR equipment in applications such as airborne scanning, bathymetry, UAV scanning, terrestrial scanning, mining, forensics, mobile scanning, railway scanning, and more. We are inviting users to submit abstracts now. If you are interested in presenting at the Hong Kong and/or Guangzhou conferences, please visit for more information. The deadline for abstract submission... (read more)
2017-01-06 01:26:18

Artificial Intelligence Points the Way to a Bright Future

Our two themes for this issue are strongly linked: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Education. As Andrew Coote and Owen Hawkins explain in their articles, AI is set to be crucial in extracting information from the vast amounts of data which we are now collecting. The term GeoAI is gaining traction because location can play an invaluable part in successful AI. Almost every article in this issue of GW mentions AI. So, as the articles on education explain, AI is becoming an essential component of courses, requiring new ways of looking at the curriculum. Readers may be confused by the terminology... (read more)
2019-01-24 01:16:38

ILMF and ASPRS Conference to Take Place Together in 2018

Diversified Communications, organizer of International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) and the American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) have announced that their annual geospatial events will take place together in Denver in 2018. Lisa Murray, Director of ILMF, made the announcement with ASPRS President Charles Toth during her opening remarks at the 2017 International LiDAR Mapping Forum at the Hyatt Regency in Denver. The combined event will feature a single exhibit hall and inclusive social activities, giving attendees access to more geospatial solutions and networking than would have been possible had the events continued separately. The events will maintain parallel... (read more)
2017-02-17 12:55:39

Satellite Images Capture Major Oil Spill in Mediterranean Sea

French and Italian maritime authorities have commenced cleaning a major spill that has spread 20km in the Mediterranean Sea after two cargo ships collided north of Corsica on Monday 8 October 2018. European Space Imaging captured a series of satellite images of the site the next day at 50cm resolution with WorldView-2 satellites. The vessels involved in the accident are the Ro-Ro Ulysse, owned and operated by the Tunisian shipping company Cotunav, which ran into the boxship CSL Virginia, owned by Cyprus Sea Lines while it was anchored about 30km off the northern tip of the island causing upwards of 600 tonnes... (read more)
2018-10-16 10:24:57

UAS Proves Valuable for Firefighters Against California Fires

Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, assisted from the air in the firefight against the Camp Fire in Northern California, now deemed the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California's history. "Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the terrible Camp Fire tragedy," said Esina Alic, Insitu President and CEO. "We are honoured to have had the opportunity to help with fire suppression efforts using our ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and INEXA suite of information and analytics tools, and support firefighters in this massive battle." Insitu provided vital information to firefighters with its ScanEagle UAS, and its TacitView and... (read more)
2018-12-20 10:35:07

Maxar Extends Contract with Esri for High-quality Satellite Imagery Mosaics

Maxar Technologies recently signed a three-year contract to continue providing its Vivid and Metro satellite imagery mosaics to Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. This new contract builds upon the long-term partnership between Esri and Maxar and demonstrates Esri’s commitment to providing ArcGIS users with the highest quality satellite imagery foundation available. Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is a collection of geographic information from around the world, including maps, apps and data layers. The World Imagery map of Living Atlas uses Maxar’s Vivid and Metro imagery mosaic products, which include some of the highest resolution, most accurate and visually consistent global... (read more)
2019-07-23 12:44:50

Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Monitored By Drones?

The Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) remote sensing and unmanned aerial vehicle experts are partnering with the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) to test whether small drones, machine learning and specialised hyperspectral cameras can monitor the Great Barrier Reef more efficiently and in more detail than manned aircraft and satellite surveys. Roughly the size of Japan, the Great Barrier Reef is home to around 3,000 reefs stretching 2,300 kilometres, making it slow and costly to survey using traditional methods. QUT’s project leader Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez said the team surveyed three reefs in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from 60 metres in... (read more)
2017-09-15 11:11:16

International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2017 Keynotes Announced

The organizers of International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), the world’s leading technical conference and expo covering the newest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies, announced the 2017 keynote lineup today. The event takes place February 13-15 in Denver Colorado. The keynoters are:  LARRY MAYER, Professor and Director, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, University of New Hampshire Keynote: Challenges of Mapping the Deep Ocean: If Only Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Worked in 10,000m of Water TIMOTHY TRAINOR, Co-Chair, United Nations Committee of Experts on... (read more)
2017-01-16 11:41:12

Teledyne Optech Showing Economical Options for Airborne Lidar Bathymetry

Teledyne Optech is pleased to announce it will present the world’s most advanced airborne lidar solutions at the OCEANS ’15 conference in Washington, DC on October 19-22. Visitors will hear details of the CZMIL Project Program and a paper presentation by Research Engineer Vinod Ramnath on the capabilities of the Optech CZMIL Nova titled “CZMIL (Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar) Bathymetric Performance in Diverse Littoral Zones.” Mr Ramnath will begin with a quick explanation of the major applications of airborne lidar for bathymetric mapping, such as nautical charts, environmental mapping, and hazard detection. He will then go through the... (read more)
2017-01-11 12:06:23
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