China Shares Satellite Imagery with Australia to Tackle Wildfires and other Government GIS News

Adam Lewis, Group Leader of National Earth Observation of Geoscience Australia (GA), confirmed with Xinhua on Wednesday that in the past six days, GA has been getting two passes of satellite images from China every day. Those images are used to build up the mapping of the bushfires, which have been ravaging in New South Wales since last Thursday.
Under the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, of which both China and Australia are signatories, participating countries will provide space satellite data to relief organizations in the event of major disasters for free at the request of the afflicted country.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang last Friday sent a message to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott regarding the fires, then a formal request was made. 

This week, the NGA sought information from potential contractors to help develop the "orthorectified image skin" that would provide the base layer for the world map. Such a map would give the military a clearer picture of any potential trouble spot where troops would have to operate.

The NGA issued its first request for potential contractors for the orthoimaging for the project back in March. The final map willdata from "commercial and government sources from satellite or airborne," a March NGA document shows. Sensors might include "Electro Optical, Multi Sensor Imagery, Light Detection and Ranging, Synthetic Aperture Radar and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar."

The extra challenging bit of the contract: The images must be updated electronically "with multiple updates expected each week."

- USA Today

Malaysia's  Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda) is considering the inclusion of wind as another renewable resource and is building a wind map. I like that it must include a "zoom in" feature.

According to the RFP, the successful tenderer for the wind map project will have to produce a GIS (geographic information systems) with a zoom-in feature through the simulation model using the available meteorological data from Meteorological Department and Global model wind and terrain data.

- The Star

Image courtesy Argonne National Lab.

Published Monday, October 28th, 2013

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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