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International Charter activated for Hurricane Sandy

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated twice in the context of Hurricane Sandy - the largest Atlantic tropical storm system on record. UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA activated the mechanism on 29 October 2012 for Haiti. Hurricane Sandy tore through the Caribbean between 26-28 October, leaving a reported 51 dead in Haiti and another 15 missing.

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Tue, 13/11/2012 - 11:27

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Tue, 11/13/2012

NASA satellites capture effects of US drought

A deep and persistent drought struck vast portions of the continental United States in 2012. Though there has been some relief in the late summer, a pair of satellites operated by NASA shows that the drought lingers in the underground water supplies that are often tapped for drinking water and farming.

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Wed, 26/09/2012 - 08:37

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NASA satellites show "hot towers" of Hurricane Isaac

Two hours before Hurricane Isaac made landfall on 28 August 2012, a satellite orbiting hundreds of miles above the storm used a radar instrument to map its inner structure. The instrument on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) observed two extremely tall complexes of thunderheads called hot towers in the eyewall, a sign that the storm was strengthening.

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Mon, 17/09/2012 - 11:10

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Mon, 09/17/2012

USGS: Over 9 million downloads for free Landsat data

Screenshot of the USGS Global Visualization Viewer

The use of Landsat data has exploded since the United States Geological Survey (USGS) began distributing the data at no cost via the internet. In the best sales year, around 25,000 images were sold. The Landsat project has now exceeded that number in a single day. In fact, the 9 millionth image was distributed on September 1, 2012.

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Wed, 12/09/2012 - 08:00

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Wed, 09/12/2012

International Charter activated for floods in USA

Hurricane Isaac at Night

On 31 August 2012, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) activated the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters on behalf of the Federal

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Tue, 04/09/2012 - 08:42

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Tue, 09/04/2012

Australia becomes Landsat 8 partner

Australia became an international collaborator on the new US-satellite mission Landsat 8, under an agreement signed on 12 July 2012 with the United States Geological Survey. Landsat 8, the latest in the series of Landsat satellites, is expected to launch in January 2013.

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Mon, 16/07/2012 - 08:45

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Mon, 07/16/2012

NOAA improves weather satellite

Seven months after launch, data is now flowing from a new generation of instruments onboard the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint NASA/NOAA mission being used in NOAA’s global numerical weather forecast system.

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Wed, 04/07/2012 - 09:06

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Wed, 07/04/2012

G-Science statement calls to minimize effects of disasters

Leaders of the global science community have issued joint statements to the world leaders meeting at the 38th G-8 Summit that started today. The national science academies from 15 countries including China, India, the US and the UK have called on the leading industrialised economies to pay greater heed to science and technology to tackle Earth's three greatest challenges.

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Fri, 18/05/2012 - 08:45

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Fri, 05/18/2012

Esri and GeoEye Developing Global Crisis Response Service

A new service will give Esri ArcGIS users easier access to current, high-resolution imagery during global crises. GeoEye, Inc., a leading source of geospatial information and insight, announced that it will jointly develop a new crisis

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Mon, 26/03/2012 - 15:45

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GPM Microwave Imager Instrument for NASA and JAXA Mission Arrives at Goddard

The Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument has arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for integration into NASA's upcoming Earth science spacecraft. The instrument was built at the Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo.

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Mon, 05/03/2012 - 11:09

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