Recent Geonews

Remote Sensing Summer School 2014: new era of research for students.

For its third edition, the Remote Sensing Summer School (RSSS) 2014 has put in Quebec City (Canada) together ten world-class lectures with 40+ curious students from all continents. This Summer School has been initiated recently each time before the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) supported by the GeoScience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS).

This event organized by INRS-ETE in Quebec City has gathered in two days with many subjects on the table to stimulate research, development and questions by the student community over Remote Sensing.

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Presentations were mainly around different types of sensors, such as: optical, Radar, thermal infrared and LIDAR and their own fields of applications and techniques.

Dr. Wooil Moon (University of Manitoba, Canada) exposed some of the most common remote sensing radar. First, space-born radiometer passive sensor looks promising in oceanography and precipitation mapping, such as Aquarius (2011) and SMAS (planned Nov. 2014). Secondly, scatterometer spaced-born, such as the new Chinese HY-2A (2011) and OceanSAT2 (2009), are becoming good satellite to monitor hurricanes / typhoons, global snow mapping and sea surface wind. Finally, in terms of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), PolSAR and Radarsat-2 are leading the way especially in Moon research projects, such as Volcanoes monitoring and observation.

Dr. Wolfgang-Martin Boerner (University of Illinois, USA) introduced an overwhelming presentation embracing SAR technology over optical sensors. From his point of view, SAR is leading the way over optical imagery for all sorts of environmental application for global monitoring, earthquake detection, volcano eruption, tsunami detection or mega cyclone disaster assessment, especially since multi bands and polarization are bringing together new era for remote sensing specialist. He gives many examples of new possibility of research and application today. As an example, the German DLR TanDEM-X (2010) bring new innovative way of twin satellite which will give one of the best seamless global digital elevation models available as a World DEM product with accuracy: 2m (relative) / 4m (absolute) vertical accuracy in a 12m x 12m raster.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Dedieu (University of Grenoble, France) talks compared optical and Radar/SAR capability for snow monitoring. His projects with Électricité de France (Hydro power corporation in France) were mainly use in operation optical imagery (e.g. MODIS, MERIS, VGT) with daily temporal resolutions for snow extent binary maps and snow cover fraction maps. He highlighted nice EO data center, open cooperation intiatives, such as EODC-water project in Austria for October 2014. Even if his project for snow mapping using SAR data were more at R & D stage compared to optical, he presents nice open source tools develop by ESA, such as PolSAR Pro for exploiting SAR datasets (RADARSAT, TerraSAR-X, Envisat) and Next SAR Toolbox (NEST) to process and analyzing SAR datasets (ex. RADARSAT, COSMOS-Skymed, JERS-1, SENTINEL).

The next edition of RSSS and IGARSS in 2015 will be held in Milan, Italy.

Slashgeo’s Summer Break

A few good news!

  • While there are a few glitches, the new Slashgeo site launched last week works rather fine. I’m aware that the RSS feed is not displaying lists as nice as it could, and if you find anything else that could be improved, let us know! That’s right, we haven’t reinstated the contact form yet, but you can reach us in the comments section of any post
  • We are mostly up to date! All pertinent geonews for June were published
  • But it’s time for a Summer break! I’ll be away camping with my wife and daughters, with no electricity, and be back to work in mid-August. Just like we did since 2005, don’t worry, we’ll catch up and share any pertinent geonews during the month of August
  • I know other Slashgeo editors plan to publish content in the coming weeks, so you won’t be left entirely in the dark
  • We should be back to full speed after the Summer, and of course, as usual, everyone is welcomed to contribute in any way they like

That’s it, enjoy life and your geospatial reality! — Alex for Slashgeo

Batch Geonews: Amazon Fire 3D Phone, Esri’s GeoPlanner, New MOOCs, 60-80% of all data is geo, 40cm Imagery, and much more

Completing the catching up of all the geonews for June.

From the Esri front:

In the miscellaneous category:

Discussed over Slashdot:

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New Slashgeo media partnership: 2014 Remote Sensing Summer School

Being held in Quebec City on July 10-11, the 2014 Remote Sensing Summer School (RSSS) has concluded a media partnership with Slashgeo. This event organised by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) will offer students the opportunity to gain state of the art knowledge on selected topics of remote sensing related to sustainable resource. The students will meet international experts in the field and they will have the opportunity to develop professional connections. This event takes place in conjunction with the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2014 (IGARSS’14) and 35th Canadian Remote Sensing Symposium in Quebec City, Canada.

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The program includes lectures from eight remote sensing specialists: Dr. Wolfgang Boerner (UIC-ECE, Chigago), Dr. Jing Chen (U.Toronto), Dr. Nicholas Coops (UBC), Dr. Jean-Pierre Dedieu (CNRS, Grenoble), Dr. Brigitte Leblon (UNB), Dr Wooil Moon (U.Manitoba), Dr. Claudia Notarnicola (EURAC, Bolzano), and Dr. Karl Staenz (U.Lethbridge-ATIC). Many remote sensing applications are covered, such as: ecosystem productivity, energy, food supply, forestry, hydrology, snow cover, vegetation and many types of sensors and data: e.g. hyperspectral, lidar, optical, polarimetric SAR, thermal infrared, radar. Each participant will receive a certificate at the end of the summer school confirming participation. The RSSS’14 will be held at the INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique). There are still a few places available, visit: http://rsss14.ete.inrs.ca/.

Open Source Geonews: Leaflet Tips and Tricks, QGIS MOOC, ArcGIS vs Open Source, FOSS4G 2014 Program, and more

Here’s the recent open source and open data geonews.

On the software front:

On the conferences front:

In the everything else category: