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.
Every month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Center for Climate Prediction has a drought briefing by teleconference to identify the latest drought areas in North America, writes Don Comis of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
Esri has created a map showing parishes within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 100-year flood zone in Louisiana (USA). FEMA is a government body supporting citizens and first responders in case of disasters and hazards.
The map shows the different amounts that Earth has moved as a result of the Magnitude 6.3 tremor that left more than 160 people dead.The image was created by the Japanese Alos spacecraft which is being used to survey the damage. It clearly shows that the worst of the damage was the south-eastern suburbs of the capital Christchurch - there the lines are closest together meaning the tremor came closest to breaking through the surface. The closer together the lines are on this image, the higher the ground has pushed towards the surface.