News Archives, Remote Sensing


Apr 2006 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – REMOTE SENSING

Forest cover in Philippines on the rise

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) revealed recently that satellite imagery and remote sensors indicate that the forest cover in Central Luzon has increased to 7.2 million hectares from 6.5 million hectares in 1988.

NOAA sponsors Remote Sensing Market Survey

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite and Information Service has awarded the ‘NOAA Remote Sensing Survey and Analysis of the Asia Aerial and Spaceborne Remote Sensing Market’ to Global Marketing Insights, Inc. This is a follow-up to the global survey conducted in 2005. The new project will study aerial and space-borne remote sensing trends and activities in more than 20 Asian countries. Global Marketing Insights shall cover eight sectors : aerial film, aerial digital, aerial sensors, satellites, commercial end users, value added hardware and software, academic and government.

Space accords signed during Russia PM visit

India and Russia signed two agreements on jointly launching and developing satellites for the spacebased global navigation system during Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov’s New Delhi visit. These agreements would put into the practical plane Indo-Russian accord on India’s participation in operationalising and commercialising the ex-Soviet GLONASS, signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s India visit in December 2004.

India, Myanmar sign Remote Sensing agreement

An agreement for mutual cooperation in the field of remote sensing between India and Myanmar was signed as per which India will provide Myanmar access to data from Indian remote sensing satellites at subsidized rates. India announced a grant of USD 1.3 million for upgrading Remote Sensing Ground Receiving Station in Yangon and another grant of USD 3 million for assistance with delineation of Myanmar’s continental shelf in addition to technical assistance for the project.

Google Mars explores the Red Planet

Google Mars allows users to view the surface of the Red Planet either by a colour coded altitude map, black and white photographs, or an infrared map.. Another service, Google Moon, lets users to view the sites of moon landings. The maps used on Google Mars were made from
images captured by NASA probes Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor, both currently orbiting the planet.

China to launch 18 land observation satellites

The China Center for Resources Satellite Data & Application (CRESDA) announced that China will launch 18 land observation satellites in the next ten years. The Sino-Brazil earth resource satellite 02B will be launched in 2007 and its data will be released for free. The 18 satellites made up of land resource and environmental series, together with the marine and meteorological ones, will help China build up an earth observation system for long- term stable operation

Flood-mapping service in eastern France

A satellite-based rapid mapping service developed in eastern France is now ready and on call 24×7. This service has been designed to manage floods. Apart from being applied to risk assessment and prevention efforts, the ESA-backed Flood Plain Monitoring Service aims to deliver map products to end users within six hours during times of crisis.

Satellite based natural resource census in Orissa

A satellite-based natural resources census is to be launched by Orissa Remote Sensing Application Centre (ORSAC) in the Indian state of Orissa soon. This remote-sensing and GISbased census would be carried out over a period of two years in all the 314 blocks of Orissa. The ORSAC has signed an MoU with the Department of Space for the purpose. ORSAC has also tied up with Indian Space Research Organisation to secure twophase satellite imagery from IRS I-D and ResourceSat. Apart from land use, it would also carry out a forest survey. The census, which would take at least two years, will also conduct a two-phase survey of the crop during rabi and kharif seasons.

First Images from Goodrich Optical System

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images from the Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) payload on their Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS). The imagery was released less than one month after the ALOS launch, much quicker than is typical for sophisticated imaging systems. The images clearly show objects as small as cars and the stereo imaging, a unique capability for an Earth observation satellite, allows generation of threedimensional “fly-by” movies

New iceberg spotted near Antarctica

The National Ice Center, US, using satellite imagery from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, spotted an iceberg now named D-16. The iceberg is about 8 miles wide and 15 miles long. The city-sized iceberg broke free of the Fimbul Ice Shelf, a large glacial ice sheet along the northwestern section of Queen Maud Land, in the eastern Weddell Sea near Antarctica.

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