FEBRUARY 2015
African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Association Africaine de Télédétection de L’environnement
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NEWS: Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

Orbiting Earth more than 400 miles away in space, far from human view; recording repeated images of land around the globe for more than 42 years; offering customers petabytes of historical and current data for free, the Landsat program of Earth observing satellites could be seen as the personification of the most single-minded office worker – tirelessly systematic, yes, but after so many years, perhaps less than dramatic.
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NEWS: RECTAS-ITC Alumni Association in Ghana

One of the key events during the mission of the new Executive Director of RECTAS was the meeting held on Thursday 22nd January, 2014 with RECTAS-ITC Alumni at the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) School of Geoinformatics in Accra. The main agenda of that meeting was to set up a “RECTAS–ITC Alumni Association” in Ghana. The meeting was attended by 20 alumni from the Land Commission and the Survey & Mapping Division
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NEWS: Become A Game Changer For African Ivory Poachers

A new report by the Enough Project, the Satellite Sentinel Project, African Parks, and DigitalGlobe details how leading edge technology, including satellite imagery and predictive analytics, can be a game-changer for park rangers working to halt an unprecedented slaughter of elephants for ivory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). READ FULL REPORT

NEWS: NASA’s PSI database is now open to the public.

NASA announces the roll-out of the Physical Science Informatics (PSI) data repository for physical science experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS). The PSI system is now accessible and open to the public. This will be a resource for researchers to data mine the PSI system and expand upon the valuable research performed on the ISS using it as a research tool to further science, while also fulfilling the President’s Open Data Policy READ MORE

OPPORTUNITY: Global Space Balloon Challenge

The Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC) is the coming together of people around the world to simultaneously fly high altitude balloons from every corner of the globe, celebrating an age where anyone can reach the edge of space for a few hundred dollars and a few weekends of work. The best way to get involved in the GSBC is to make your own balloon and fly in between April 10th and 27th and then post pictures from your flight! READ MORE

EVENT: 36TH ISRSE

The 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) will take place on May 11-15, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. AfriGEOSS will have a special session on earth observation Infrastructure for Data Access and Dissemination in Africa. Travel grants are offered to qualified applicants from Europe and developing countries based on a review of the submitted application. Deadline for applications: 15 Feb. 2015. READ MORE

EVENT: CoastGIS 2015

You are invited to participate in the 12th International Symposium for GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management (CoastGIS 2015) that will take place in the Western Cape, South Africa, from April 22-24 2015. This event will be held back-to-back with 7th meeting of the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN). READ MORE

CALL FOR PAPERS: 7th ITEE International Conference 2015

ITEE 2015 (Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering) aims to bring researchers in academia, industry and government from various countries together to present and discuss how ICT has evolved to support science for natural resource management, environmental engineering, scientific simulation and integrated assessment studies. The deadline submissions have been extended. READ MORE

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Call for content

Herewith we invite our readers to provide research briefs on a recent case study or a new methodology. Research briefs should include application field, key results, impact, status of application, area of application, algorithm & data used, and contact to author/organization.
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