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Microsoft releases a beta of Virtual Earth

Microsoft released a beta of Virtual Earth, its web-based mapping service that combines local search with maps and aerial photography according to a recent report. The move comes some three weeks after Google released a beta of its Google Earth, and nearly a month after MSN unveiled a service combining satellite imagery with maps with its local search results. However, MSN’s Virtual Earth, like Google Earth, is focused primarily around maps and aerial views, allowing users to zoom in and out of maps or images and drag them around within the display area. MSN Virtual Earth for now covers only the U.S. and major Canadian cities, and offers fewer local-search options.

New Joint Venture between Spot Image and CRISP

CRISP (Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing) has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Spot Image, S.A., to become a partner in Spot Asia, the regional Spot Image subsidiary located in Singapore. The Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing is a research centre established in the National University of Singapore with funding from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. SPOT Image headquartered in Toulouse, France is the worldwide commercial operator of the SPOT satellite system, a constellation of 3 satellites that can acquire medium to high-resolution imagery of almost any point on the globe every day.

Satellite imagery receiving system in Vietnam

A French-funded project to build an environment and natural resources monitoring system that can receive and process satellite images in Vietnam is to commence next month. Europe’s Defense and Communications Systems signed a 20 million euro trade deal with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to supply Vietnam with a station which receives images from France’s SPOT and the European Space Agency’s ENVISAT satellites. Vietnam will have the first satellite imagery receiving system in Southeast Asia once the project is completed after three years. Using the system, Vietnam will be able to monitor sea, water, mineral resources and the risks of forest fires.

Forest department in India to detect fires

A pilot project initiated by the Karnataka Forest Department in India to monitor and detect the presence of forest fires with the help of satellites detected as many as 180 cases, of various intensities, across the State from January to June this year. It has been reported that the fires, however, ranged from high to moderate and low intensities, and did not cause any serious harm. The Rs 5 lakh pilot project initiated in collaboration with the Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre made use of the remote sensing data available on the MODIS satellite platform, which has transponders dedicated to sense fire incidences on the earth’s surface. The study has helped identify the most vulnerable areas in terms of the occurrence of forest fires.

Remote Sensing reveals the increase of forest cover in India

According to the State of Forest Report 2003 the total forest and tree cover of India has increased to 778,229 sq. km constituting 23.68% of its geographic area, against 757,010 sq. km constituting 23.03% of geographic area in 2001 assessment. Thus, there is an increase of forest and tree cover by 21,219 sq. km, which is 0.65% of geographical area as compared to 2001 assessment. The State of Forest Report – 2003 (SFR- 2003), was released by the Minister of Environment and Forests, Thiru A. Raja. This report is the ninth assessment of the forest cover of the country carried out by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), Dehradun – an organization under the Ministry of Environment & Forests, which assesses forest and tree cover of the country on a two-year cycle. The assessment of forest and tree cover is based on interpretation of data from Indian Remote Sensing Satellites for the year 2002.

Satellite maps of Pune every six months

The Pune Municipal Corporation will obtain satellite maps of the city twice a year to monitor use of urban land and also to control unauthorised constructions. Municipal Commissioner Nitin Kareer has sent a proposal to the standing committee, asking for a provision of Rs 12 lakh for the purpose. Satellite pictures of the city will be taken every six months with help from the Nagpur-based National Remote Sensing Agency. Quick Bird satellite has been selected for the work.

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