International Charter activated for massive landslide in Guatemala

Landslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala due to heavy rains. (Source: The

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to heavy rains that triggered a massive landslide in the "El Cambray 2" urban settlement in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala. The mechanism was activated on 7 October 2015, at 02:57 (UTC+02:00) by the USGS on behalf of the National Emergency Operations Center of Guatemala.


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Wed, 07/10/2015 - 16:08

International Charter activated for Kick’em Jenny volcano impact in Grenada

Kick’em Jenny volcano, located just off the coast of Grenada (Image: NASA)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on Friday, 24 July, to mitigate the potential impact that the Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano could have on Grenada, island country in the Caribbean Sea. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) sent the request to activate the mechanism on behalf of Montserrat Volcano Observatory and Government of Grenada.


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Tue, 28/07/2015 - 11:04

USGS: New land cover data released for Alaska

Three panels from the National Land Cover Database depicting land cover change in the vicinity of Fairbanks, Alaska, from 2001 to 2011

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new dataset for land cover in Alaska; it is publicly available and covers ten years. Based on Landsat satellite imagery taken in 2011, the data describe the land cover of each 30-meter cell of land in Alaska and identifies which ones have changed since the year 2001.

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Fri, 27/02/2015 - 15:39

USGS: Enhanced topographic data for climate change research

Crater Highlands of Tanzania reveals the difference between 90 meter and 30 meter SRTM data

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced that improved global topographic data are now publicly available for most of Asia (India, China, southern Siberia, Japan, Indonesia), Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), and western Pacific Islands.

Elevation data were collected through the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) to deliver precise baseline information that help to better understand the impacts of climate change on specific geographic areas.


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Tue, 27/01/2015 - 12:56

USGS: Fewer Large Earthquakes in 2014

Copernicus satellite's image of the Napa Valley quake captured on 2 February 2014.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) of the Department of the Interior provided significant information on the characteristics and trend of earthquakes in 2014.

USGS estimated that the number of large earthquakes decreased from 19 in 2013 to 12 in 2014 but that moderate seismic activity was registered in areas relatively new to seismicity. Worldwide, 11 earthquakes reached magnitude 7.0-7.9 and one registered magnitude 8.2, in Chile, on April 1.

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Fri, 23/01/2015 - 08:20

Call for Papers: Landsat 8 researcher asked to contribute to special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment

Papers will be solicited from any remote sensing researcher(s) with relevant Landsat 8 results.

NASA has issued a call to remote sensing researcher(s) with relevant Landsat 8 results to submit abstracts for a special issue of "Remote Sensing of Environment" until 9 January 2015.

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Tue, 30/12/2014 - 08:23

New highly detailed ecological land units map of the world published

The new global data set provides for a better understanding and accounting of the world’s resources.

Esri and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently announced the development of the highest spatial resolution ecological land units (ELUs) map of the world ever produced.

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Tue, 23/12/2014 - 07:16

USGS: Launch of 3D Elevation Program

Image showing the accurate flood information provided by 3DEP's maps

The US Geological Survey (USGS), along with other government agencies and the private sector, recently launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), composed on current and accurate three-dimensional mapping data finalized to replace outdated and inconsistent data.The USGS hosted a briefing in Washington on 25 July 2014 to discuss 3DEP and its benefits in more detail, demonstrating how the programme is being used nationwide and what it aims to accomplish.

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Thu, 28/08/2014 - 14:11

Building hydrologic monitoring capacities in Afghanistan

Satellite Image of Snow Cover in Afghanistan

In 2004 the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) began working in partnership to rebuild the country's geologic science capacities. The goal is to monitor Afghanistan's water resources by applying modern techniques using global positioning systems, hydrology, water sampling and development of water resource databases.


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Thu, 21/08/2014 - 14:18

Landsat 8: Increased acquisition rates with up to 700 scenes per day

Granite outcrops in Yosemite National Park captured by Landsat 8 on April 2014

The United States Earth Observation satellite Landsat 8 has recently seen a high increase in acquisition rates. On average, 700 scenes per day have been acquired (compared to 550 images per day before June 2014). 

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Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:01


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