People get "jazzed" when they see an aerial photograph
or satellite image.It must be a visual thing.We like to look at remotely
sensed data...its like flying in a jet while being comfortably attached to
To be frank, our Remote Sensing Contest that we launch today is my personal
bias entering into a business decision.I like remote sensing; I started
my career as a remote sensing geologist.I am addicted to the visual challenge
of identifying anything taken from the air or space.Show me an unidentified
image and I challenge you to identify where it is...the continent, the country,
the city...I'll take anyone on!
But I digress.This month's contest is about how we make best use of
remotely sensed data, how we integrate imagery with other forms of digital
information ...and how we are sometimes awestruck by the beauty of earth.
You can submit satellite images or aerial photographs, LIDAR, RADAR, or
other earth sensing data product.Our contest challenges you to submit
imagery in three categories:
1.Thematically enhanced images: These are images that have been
digitally enhanced through image processing or classification, and use
a single image on which the classification or other image
manipulation technique was employed.For example, the image at right is
a classified image showing land cover for the state of New York.This image
was the result of an unsupervised classification of Landsat Thematic Mapper
data (a mosaic of several images).To enter in this category, show us your
image and tell us the image enhancement/classification technique you used
and the image sensor on which the classification was performed.
: Entries in this category show processing of
multiple digital images
or imagery that has been integrated
with other digital data such as terrain or other georeferenced data.For
example, the image below is a hiking map for the Konza Prairie Natural
Area in eastern Kansas created using DOQ, DRG, DLG, and DEM data from the
USGS.It is a great example of how several digital products were integrated
to provide the best possible view of the terrain.
3.Unique Geomorphologic Images.
..or as I like to call them..."Pretty
Pictures from Space
": These are images that will be regarded
as those that show an unusual land feature (images other than those of
the earth are admissible) and have not been enhanced.They could be man-made
features, but the best ones, I think, are naturally occurring landforms
that are unusual, unexpected, and maybe a little weird.For example, the
image below (left) is a QuickBird image from our sponsor, DigitalGlobe,
showing the island of Bora Bora.Or perhaps you happen across someone expressing
themselves in a very unique manner, like the patriotic images below of
the American Flag on the left...
or the fine work of a farmer who made his message clear as a "corn
maze" (overview on the right; another QuickBird image)...
Whatever your tendency, submit
and tell us about it.The prizes are great, too! Two megapixel
digital camera and an archived QuickBird image from our sponsor, DigitalGlobe.
Show us your stuff...between now and October 20th.Then, you be the
judge.Vote for the winners between October 21 and 31...and have a chance
to win that way too.Random drawing for five great "tech toys."