Hello, and welcome to GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Trimble Geospatial Division.
Today’s Top Story is Climate Change. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last. And if you haven’t noticed already, I’m suffering from a serious cold, so this episode may have a few more videos than usual.
Let’s start with this one from the European Space Agency, which is introducing a free course on how to use Earth-observation satellite technologies to detect and monitor climate change.
That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this Trimble interview clip from the 2015 Esri User Conference.
The Ozone Hole is back! Researchers from the German Aerospace Center used satellite data to determine that the ozone hole over Antarctica currently extends more than 26 million square kilometers—an area larger than the North American continent. It’s approximately 2.5 million square kilometers larger than at the same time in 2014, and just less than the record in 2006, when it was 27 million square kilometers.
According to Stefan Dech, director of the Earth Observation Center, “This example shows the enormous importance of Earth observation—such large-scale change processes can only be observed and understood with satellites.”
Wrapping up the climate-change theme for today, a study published in Nature Communications suggests that El Niño and La Niña weather patterns could lead to at least a doubling of extreme droughts and floods in California later this century. The study also predicts more-frequent extreme weather events.
In industry headlines, TerraGo released TerraGo Edge 3.8, which features the new TerraGo Edge REST API, auto-recording functions and other enhancements.
Esri is working with Microsoft to integrate location services and spatial analytics into the Microsoft Azure Internet of Things Suite.
Blue Marble introduced Global Mapper LiDAR module version 17.0, which includes a tool for automatically detecting and classifying power lines and other above-ground utility cables.
And SimActive released Correlator3D version 6.3 with an expanded UAV enterprise offering. A new floating licensing option allows computers on the same network to borrow licenses from a pool, increasing transferability.
For today’s Final Thought, here’s a video clip from a humanitarian organization that was in Nepal teaching students how to use drones for disaster response.
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