Monday, 02 March 2015

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Taiwan GeologyTaiwan's National Center for High-Performance Computing has recently launched the Earth Science Observation Knowledgebase (ESOK). This database contains 10.44 million records on such things as tectonic data, atmospheric data, ocean data, hydrology and earth observation imagery. The system has beeninstalled on  acloud computing platform to provide quick access and streaming services.

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Coral SurveyA team of scientists have begun a wide scale assessment of what could become one of the last refuges on Earth for coral reefs, if losses from climate change and human activity continue worldwide. The research, which is sponsored by international insurer Catlin Group Limited, is capturing vital data about the health, species diversity and size of iconic reefs in the Coral Triangle, the global centre of marine biodiversity found in South East Asia.

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tea plucking 0The aging tea plantations in India have seen declining crop yields, and declining tea quality. As this labor-intensive industry seeks to modernize, a scientific approach is being applied. Earth observation provides a valuable input to monitor and understand the conditions that contribute to tea quality.

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EO SatelliteProf. Guo Huadong, dean of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, called for a constellation of six Earth observation satellites to monitor global change. This vision was part of a talk given at the Aisa-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium in Beijing. Huadong also called for an observation capacity based on the Moon.

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irnssToday, the Indian space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the IRNSS 1C navigation satellite. IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India, and this launch marks the third of seven planned satellites.

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