Monday, November 15, 2010

Imaging the earth

Space Mart: From monitoring vanishing glaciers to the accounting of forestry, hydropower and mining assets as steps to boost sustainable development here on Earth, the power of satellite remote sensing plays an increasingly vital role. These topics and others are highlighted in the Fall 2010 issue of the quarterly print and online publication - Imaging Notes magazine.

"Secure World Foundation in 2009 established a partnership with Imaging Notes magazine," said Dr. Ray Williamson, SWF's Executive Director. "A key focus of our organization centers on strengthening or developing the policies and institutions that improve the utility of space technologies in support of human and environmental security needs. We are pleased to be a partner with Imaging Notes to help support our objectives."

The just-issued publication includes articles centered on security and intelligence, sustainable development using Earth observations and the continuing growth of Community Remote Sensing, or CRS for short.

Imaging Notes and Secure World Foundation have taken a lead role in gauging the expanding use of CRS - a new field that combines remote sensing with citizen science, social networks, and crowd-sourcing to enhance the data obtained from traditional sources. It includes the collection, calibration, analysis, communication, or application of remotely sensed information by these community means. Other Imaging Notes articles delve into satellite camera systems that feed imagery to such users as Google Earth and the Weather Channel and information sharing incongruities in the intelligence community….

Satellite image of Bahia EngaƱo, Chubut, Argentina

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