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OGC Testbed 15: Innovating Geospatial Data Processing, Analysis, and Visualization

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has published the outcomes of 2019’s biggest research and development initiative, Testbed-15. The key outcomes, including detailed Engineering Reports, overview presentations, and videos, are freely available on the Testbed-15 webpage. Testbed-15 advanced research across the following technologies:
– Earth Observation (EO) data models, applications, catalogues, and process discovery.
– Data Security in a geospatial environment using encrypted containers.
– Federated Cloud Environments incorporating OGC Open Web Services.
– Secure Delta Updates to geospatial data in Denied, Disrupted, Intermittent, and Limited (DDIL) situations.
– An Open Portrayal Framework and APIs for sharing portrayals of geospatial content.
– Machine Learning models and outputs integrating with OGC Open Web Services.

Assessment of desert locust impact using Remote Sensing

The current analysis was undertaken to develop an operational methodology to assess the locust impact using remote sensing data.
It is not conclusive. It is meant to open a dialogue on how to develop an operational multi-scale approach showing possible lines of research to be further explored for early warning and rapid damage assessment of future outbreaks.

After the USA, who puts the most satellites into space?

20 top priorities in 2020 for a digital ecosystem for Earth

First, business as usual isn’t working for global environmental governance. Second, we have not yet fully harnessed digital technologies to address our most pressing global environmental challenges. Third, the digital economy itself is not yet being leveraged for a sustainable future.

RapidEye Constellation To Be Retired In 2020

It’s with mixed sentiments that we share that Planet’s RapidEye constellation will be retired at the end of March 2020. After 11 years of faithfully gathering imagery, it has aged gracefully, to say the least.

Cost of Serverless on Google Cloud: Cloud Run vs Cloud Functions

In some cases the cost of Cloud Run is equivalent to Cloud Functions, but in other scenarios the cost of Cloud Run is less than Cloud Functions.

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.

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