The Australian government passed new laws to support carbon farming. The Carbon Farming Initiative is aimed at reducing the loss of carbon from farms and forests. Agricultural production can serve to mitigate the loss of carbon into the atmosphere through agricultural production management techniques that maintain carbon within forests and farmlands. This has immense benefits for agricultural producers using precision farming techniques and extends well beyond carbon alone.
The level of development that is needed in Asia and Africa provides great opportunities for surveying and mapping firms. Mapping and surveying are often step one in the design and planning for such projects as power and telecommunication line expansion, pipelines, road design, dam site selection, railway development, mineral exploration, mine management, environmental planning and rehabilitation, and agricultural planning. With greater development taking place, mapping and surveying is a very important element to local empowerment.
Tens of thousands of spatial data sets exist in the public sector, yet few of them are readily available. Australia and New Zealand have decided to set up a spatial marketplace to facilitate discovery and access to these public sector spatial datasets to encourage the development and use of value-added applications and services. To make this data transparent and accessible, there are a number of licensing and interoperability issues to resolve, along with identifying platform requirements.
The source of the Brahmaputra, Indus, Salween and Irrawaddy rivers was reported this week from scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Using satellite imagery, Liu Shaochuang, a researcher with the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications at CAS reported the findings. Working on the expedition operating between 2007-2010, the project included both field trips and remote sensing tools and technologies.
To date, tsunami detection and warning systems have been based on deep-water, pressure-sensor observations that determine changes in sea surface elevation and fluctuation on the coast, which are point measurements. Researchers observed after-the-fact that existing coastal current monitoring radar remote sensing systems were able to detect the tsunami signal and velocity as it approached both the coast of Japan and the Pacific Coast of the United States.