Month: July 2015

Sentinel-1 Scientific Data Hub: Free and Open data access

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The Sentinel-1 Scientific Data Hub provides free and open access to a Rolling Archive of Sentinel-1 Level-0 and Level-1 user products.The S-1 Scientific data Hub Rolling Archive maintains the latest 2 months of products for download via HTTP. Anyone can register online via self-registration. The self-registration process is automatic and immediate. Registration grants access rights for searching and downloading Sentinel-1 products. Sentinel-1 products are available at no cost for anybody. The data available through the Data Hub is governed by the Terms and Conditions of the use and distribution of Sentinel data, which the User is deemed to have accepted by using the Sentinel data.

Services provided by the portal

Full-text Search and Saved Search Queries

Search query on the products stored on the rolling archive and filtering of results via a full-text search bar. Predefined search filters for the different acquisition modes, product types, product levels and geographical areas. “Make your own” search via specific semantics (boolean operators and wildcards). Text search query can be saved and used for activating the e-mail notification service and for batch scripting.

Products Online Inspection

Online inspection of the searched products by browsing and pre-viewing the product metadata and measurements without downloading it. A preview panel displays information on the product contents and structure.

Products Download and quota

Sentinel-1 products are provided for download via HTTP in the .ZIP archive file format. Compression is not applied. Click and download, shopping cart, batch download. A maximum of 2 concurrent downloads per user is allowed in order to ensure a download capacity for all users.

Batch scripting

The Data Hub exposes the Open Data Protocol ( OData) interface for accessing the EO data stored on the rolling archive. This protocol is based on top of the well-supported HTTPS/ REST transfer protocol that can be handled by a large set of client tools as simple as common Web browsers, download-managers or computer programs such as cURL or wget. The Odata protocol provides easy access to the Data Hub and can be used for building URI for performing search queries and product downloads offering to the users the capability to remotely run scripts in batch mode.

Click below links for more information

Scientific Data Hub

Copernicus Space Component Data Access system (CSCDA)

Sentinel Data Access

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The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World

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The ArcGIS Book was written for a diverse audience, including GIS professionals just venturing into the new world of web GIS as well as web technologists, information workers, web designers, and others who increasingly recognize how maps play a pivotal role today in clearly communicating information. The book also serves as a perfect introduction to web GIS for managers and executives interested in understanding how maps can help them make sound business decisions for their organizations.

Explore ten “big ideas” that encapsulate the technological and social trends that have pushed geographic information systems (GIS) onto the Internet in a significant way. See how to apply these ideas to your own world. Open your eyes to what is now possible with Web GIS, and put the technology and deep data resources in your hands via the Quickstarts and Learn ArcGIS lessons that are included in each chapter.

This book helps you understand and use Web GIS, a powerful mapping technology that is transforming the way we apply and share geographic information. Each “big idea” is part of the ArcGIS platform and it’s big because it empowers you, enabling you to do new things and to accomplish familiar tasks more quickly and with ease.
This is a hands-on book that you work with as much as read. By the end, usingLearn ArcGIS lessons, you’ll be able to say you made a story map, conducted geographic analysis, edited geographic data, worked in a 3D web scene, built a 3D model of Venice, and more.

Download the pdf version from here

Trimble, Now A LASzip Sponsor

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Trimble’s Geospatial Division has become a sponsor of the LASzip compressor. Their contribution as a Bronze sponsor will improve the existing “LAS 1.4 compatibility mode” of LASzip whose creation and maintenance is already being supported by Gold sponsor NOAA and Bronze sponsor Quantum Spatial. The original Gold sponsor of the open source LASzip compressor was USACE – the US Army Corps of Engineers (see http://laszip.org).

The “LAS 1.4 compatibility mode” was created to provide immediate support for compressing the new LAS 1.4 point types by rewriting them as old point types and storing their new fields as “Extra Bytes”. As an added benefit this allows older software (without LAS 1.4 support) to access the newpoint types of LAS 1.4 files that would otherwise be unreadable. All important fields of the new point types 6 to 10 (i.e. those fields that matter to older software) are mapped to the corresponding fields of the older known point types 1, 3, or 5.

About Trimble’s Geospatial Division:

Trimble’s Geospatial Division provides solutions that facilitate high-quality, productive workflows and information exchange, driving value for a global and diverse customer base of surveyors, engineering and GIS service companies, governments, utilities and transportation authorities. Trimble’s innovative technologies include integrated sensors, field applications, real-time communications and office software for processing, modelling and data analytics. Using Trimble solutions, organizations can capture the most accurate spatial data and transform it into intelligence to deliver increased productivity and improved decision-making. Whether enabling more efficient use of natural resources or enhancing the performance and lifecycle of civil infrastructure, timely and reliable geospatial information is at the core of Trimble’s solutions to transform the way work is done. Visit http://trimble.com/Industries/Geospatial/ for more information.

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Europe’s Weather Satellite MSG-4 Delivered into Orbit

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The last weather satellite in Europe’s highly successful Meteosat Second Generation (MTG) series lifted off on an Ariane 5 launcher at 21:42 GMT (23:42 CEST) on 15 July from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The MSG satellites provide full-disc images over Europe and Africa every 15 minutes and ‘rapid scan’ imagery over Europe every five minutes. They are operated by Eumetsat – the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites – and ESA is responsible for their design, development and in-orbit delivery.

The two-satellite MSG system provides up-to-date weather coverage over Europe and Africa every 15 minutes and ‘rapid scan’ imagery over Europe every five minutes.

Read more on ESA Website

Live Track Flights With Flight Radar

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Flightradar24 is a flight tracking service that provides you with real-time info about thousands of aircraft around the world.

The technology used to receive flight information from aircraft is called ADS-B. Roughly 60% of all passenger aircraft around the world are equipped with an ADS-B transponder. However, this percentage will continue to grow.

 

The majority of the data displayed on Flightradar24.com and in our apps is gathered through a network of 7,000 ADS-B receivers around the world. To improve our service we are always looking for people willing to contribute data to us. Click here to find out how you can help us increase Flightradar24’s global coverage.

Read more about the technology Flightradar24

A Step Towards Prevention Of Rail Crossing Accidents

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After a sharp increase in the number of rail crossing accidents last year, the Federal Railroad Administration plans to announce a new partnership with Google on Monday to provide the locations of all grade crossings in the company’s popular map application.

Google has agreed to include information from the United States Department of Transportation’s vast database to pinpoint every rail crossing in the country in Google Maps. Google will also add audio and visual alerts to the app for when drivers use the turn-by-turn navigation feature.

Read More on New York Times

Satellite Image Tasking Made Easy: SpyMeSat Mobile App

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Orbit Logic announced that SpyMeSat mobile app version 3.0 is now available. This latest version of SpyMeSat allows smart phone users to task a high resolution imaging satellite to take a picture of a user-specified location. SpyMeSat provides real-time imaging satellite awareness, on-demand access to satellite imagery archives, and the ability to request new tasking directly from a mobile device. The mobile app includes the ability to preview and purchase the most recent, highest resolution commercial satellite images of any location through an easy and affordable in-app purchase process. The entire process of preview, select, purchase and delivery of archived imagery can be completed in seconds, delivering satellite imagery for any location on demand. And with “the World’s Longest Selfie Stick” new tasking feature any mobile user can now request that a satellite take their picture. Tasking status updates inform users of tasking request acceptance, imaging time, and imagery processing and delivery status.

REAL-TIME IMAGING SATELLITE AWARENESS

The public SpyMeSat app uses NORAD orbit data published online by celestrak and available public information about commercial and international imaging satellites to compute and dynamically display satellite overflights and imaging pass information. A dynamic map shows orbit tracks and the location of satellites with upcoming passes over the user-specified location. The app user can drill down to see additional details about each imaging opportunity, and the app provides a page describing each satellite for those who want to learn more. SpyMeSat works even with intermittent and limited network connectivity because all satellite pass calculations are performed on the mobile device.

Read more at OrbitLogic