International GIS Tidbits


 A European network [EGNOS] to complement signals sent by the U.S. GPS satellite navigation constellation was declared certified March 2 for use by European civil-aviation authorities, giving Europe’s satellite navigation managers a welcome respite from their system’s ongoing financial trials.

- Space News

The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has released new satellite imagery confirming the intentional burning of a third village, Tajalei, in Sudan’s Abyei region, in addition to the deliberate destruction since March 2 of the villages of Maker Abior and Todach.

At least 300 buildings at Tajalei were intentionally destroyed by fire, according to Satellite Sentinel Project analysis of the DigitalGlobe satellite image, taken March 6 and analyzed by UNITAR/UNOSAT and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with additional analysis by DigitalGlobe.
North Korea used jamming equipment to block South Korean military communication devices last week, a report said Sunday, amid high tension over the joint drills between Seoul and Washington.
Now South Korea says that action broke international law.
- AFP via The American Surveyor, Arirang (Korea)

At least, there are 1,194,525 houses in Lagos State, South West Nigeria housing the over 17 million population, the Lagos State Geographic Information System, GIS has revealed.

The governor said the GIS was the first in Nigeria and third in Africa behind South Africa and Kenya and includes "all industries and factories, roads, individual houses, among others."  Orion Technologies did the work which includes imagery accurate to 11 millimeters. 

- PM News NIgeria

Published Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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