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Monday, September 8th 2014
by Jon Campbell

Humans have been observing Earth for a very long time simply because the conditions of the Earth are basic to our survival and our prosperity. Even the most ancient written records are filled with accounts of great floods, famines, and earthquakes. When to plant and when to harvest, how to use precious water resources most effectively, and ways to avoid natural disasters are all age-old challenges that have encouraged Earth observation from the beginning of civilization. But now we observe from afar.

Monday, September 8th 2014
by Kate Ramsayer

The Landsat 8 satellite is helping researchers spot aquatic algae from space, gathering information that could direct beachgoers away from contaminated bays and beaches. With improved sensors and technology on the latest Landsat satellite, researchers can now distinguish slight variations in the color of coastal water due to algae or sediments to identify potential problem areas.

Thursday, September 4th 2014
by Simon Everest

A UK event in July, StackMaps, focused not on technology and data but providing higher quality user-facing services.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
by Anne Ju

Spoofed GPS signals fool today's recievers into thinking they are real. But researchers at Cornell have a way to tell which are the real McCoys. The work may make GPS hackubg less of a worry.

Thursday, August 28th 2014
by Dr. JoAnne Castagna

When rescue and recovery crews make their way through communities devastated by hurricanes, tornados and wildfires, what they need are maps to help them get around safely. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ writer Dr. JoAnne Castagna is looking forward to an uneventful hurricane season, but in case it’s not, USACE is prepared!

Wednesday, August 27th 2014
by DARPA

The Global Positioning System (GPS) provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) data for countless military and civilian uses. But it has limitations. How is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency addressing them? With new technology, of course!

Monday, August 25th 2014
by Bill McNeil

Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are in the news almost daily. This article by contributing writer Bill McNeill provides a basic overview of the technology and the exploding market potential for UAVs.

Sunday, August 24th 2014
by Directions Staff

Here is a glossary of terms for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Sunday, August 24th 2014
by Joe Francica, Kevin Pomfret

Because of the overwhelming interest by readers in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and how associated technology, legal guidelines and platforms will affect the collection of geospatial data, we have gathered some resources that will help you to find more information.

Thursday, August 21st 2014
by Laura Rocchio

The Landsat fleet of satellites can tell responders what damage disasters have done, providing timely insight into flood extents, fire boundaries, lava flow directions, road conditions, and oil slick movements. The images from these birds support response to earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, fires, landslides, oil spills, and hurricanes worldwide.

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