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Manual of Digital Earth

This open access book offers a summary of the development of Digital Earth over the past twenty years. By reviewing the initial vision of Digital Earth, the evolution of that vision, the relevant key technologies, and the role of Digital Earth in helping people respond to global challenges, this publication reveals how and why Digital Earth is becoming vital for acquiring, processing, analysing and mining the rapidly growing volume of global data sets about the Earth.

Exploring Food Insecurity via Geospatial Data Reveals Critical Local Differences

it is now possible to understand population food secuirty issues at the neighborhood level, even in places where data has been traditionally hard to access.

Ethiopia has launched its first satellite into space

The remote sensing satellite is to be used collect data for agricultural, climate, mining and environmental observations but could also be used for citizen surveillance.

Radiant Earth Foundation Releases Radiant MLHub, the World’s First Open Repository for Geospatial Training Data

Radiant MLHub will accelerate the adoption of machine learning to help solve global development challenges, including food insecurity.

Big Earth Data, Volume 3, Issue 4, December 2019

This new issue contains the following articles:

  • Rainfall variability in the Brazilian northeast biomes and their interactions with meteorological systems and ENSO via CHELSA product
  • Insights into CODE-DE – Germany’s Copernicus data and exploitation platform
  • On the isolatitude property of the rHEALPix Discrete Global Grid System
  • A generalized supervised classification scheme to produce provincial wetland inventory maps: an application of Google Earth Engine for big geo data processing
  • Identification and temporally-spatial quantification of geomorphic relevant changes by construction projects in loess landscapes: case study Lanzhou City, NW China

Catherine Nakalembe: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity with Earth Observation

As Lead of the NASA Harvest Eastern Africa-Hub program and part of the NASA Harvest and SERVIR Global Applied Science Team, she conducts remote sensing training in the use of EO tools to assess and forecast crop conditions. Her EO capacity building portfolio includes the government ministries in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Mali, as well as regional agencies such as the Regional Centre For Mapping Resource For Development (RCMRD) and IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center.

“Data Sharing” or “copying and pasting”?

“In a new report, @richardjpope provides practical guidance for developing cross-government platforms, a way to break down organizational silos, save money, and change the types of services that can be delivered to the public

MDPI Special Issue: Earth Observation Data Cubes

This Special Issue is consequently aiming to cover the most recent advances in Earth Observation Data Cube developments and implementations

Europe gives space programs a big boost – budget increases pave the way for next generation of Sentinels

Budget increases pave the way for next generation of Earth-observing Sentinel satellites

GEO commits to a secretariat for an indigenous peoples’ community of practice

Throughout GEO Week 2019, dedicated events focused on inclusive dialogue with Indigenous communities to discuss how Earth observations can better support communities to respond to challenges they are facing.

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