Letters to the Editor

Imaging Notes is an excellent source for current uses and developing trends in geospatial data.

— Walter Payne, ISRAdvocate & Analyst


Imaging Notes, long relevant, is becoming an imperative source for anyone remotely interested in the Earth and our relationship to it. To refuse the opportunity of such a free subscription is to be oblivious to the world around us.

— Paolo Greer, Owner, Caravaya


I was not aware of all of the information available from Google Earth until Iread your past issue. Digital analysis is certainly coming into its own and supplying a tremendous amount of information for the management of crop irrigation systems and fertility of crops. Your magazine is a tremendous source of information for me. My specialty is mineral nutrition (iron) of plants.

— Dr. Emil Pierson, CEO/Owner, Professional Growers Inc.


Imaging Notes gets better and better. Vol. 22(2) was chock full of information of value for my class in Remote Sensing, especially the articles on orbital debris, climate change and Google Earth.

— Ron Ryder, PhD, Professor, University of South Alabama


Imaging Notes is helping to fulfill the dreams that Earth, botanical, zoological and meteorological scientists have had for the past two hundred years. Your magazine provides excellent information on the state of the art, the progressive refinement and the ever-expanding uses of satellite imaging of the Earth's surface and lower atmosphere. Thanks for your efforts in bringing these to us, for your significant input to the coordination of like-minded entities throughout the world and for addressing obvious concerns to the world forum.

— Dr. Dudley Seifert, Consulting Geophysicist


No Borders: A New Perspective

What Will It Take To Save the Planet?

New satellites are going upcontinually all over the world. In this issue, we cover DigitalGlobe's WorldView-1 launch from Sept. 18. At about the same time, in China, CBERS2B was launched as part of the China-Brazil satellite program. Our column Policy Watch discusses the latest with China's EOsystems.

This summer, Imaging Notes was very involved in bringing you The 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth. We have published several articles on that meeting, and we conclude with an excellent summary by Rod Franklin, which appeared in our September eNewsletter. Rod has captured well the essence of this global gathering, which "was a convocation of some enigmatic color… Talks by specialists in human consciousness were juxtaposed with speeches from data modeling experts. This merging of the incorporeal with the practical was one way of acknowledging the event's weighty underlying themes: climate change, sustainability, and the onus of intergenerational stewardship for the welfare of planet Earth."

As Rod indicates, long-term sustainability of the planet emerged as the overriding theme. Patrick Cusick from Daily Planet Media was there from Bangkok, and is now gathering signatures in support of the U.N. Earth Charter. The charter was written and approved by the U.N. Earth Charter Commission, empowering the U.N. Security Council to implement a binding treaty that requires all countries to reduce substantially their human-made carbon emissions. Incorporated into the Earth Charter are four main principles: respect and care for all life, ecological integrity, social and economic justice, and democracy and peace. To support this charter, go to our home page.

Ed Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and 4th man to walk on the moon, embodied this theme when he talked about seeing the Earth from space. Coming "home," he knew that the beautiful blue world to which he was returning is part of a living system, harmonious and whole—and that we all participate in a universe of consciousness.

That sheer beauty of the Earth from space is astounding and transforming. The view—the one with brilliant deep turquoise and aquas—has no borders and no boundaries creating separations. Seeing and understanding the planet without the borders and dividers, without nationalistic or capitalistic interests, may be the only way that we can come together to work for the future of the planet. This is why the work of the U.N. and similar organizations is so important.

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Finally, we would like to acknowledge and apologize for an error in the image appearing on pages 24-25 of the Summer issue. This image of the Kalma Camp in Darfur from Google Earth erroneously included a superimposed inset photo. This image has been corrected on our website and has always been correct on Google Earth.

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— Myrna James Yoo

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