Climate is a Security Threat

Dear Reader,

Geospatial technologies have been acknowledged in the past few years as instrumental in assessing climate change and environmental issues. Now, based on the release this spring of several major reports, we find that a strong and important link exists between climate and national security. As we reported in our April eNewsletter from the National Space Symposium, there is consensus that many of the effects of the changing climate—such as climate refugees, lack of fresh water and other resources, and disease—will destabilize not only the way of life for those in developing countries, but in the U.S. and other developed countries as well.

Ray Clark's Guest Editorial, "The Security Threat Requiring Rapid Response," points out that the U.S. Department of Defense has an opportunity to take the lead on addressing climate change, and the responsibility to do so as well. Rapid response is usually a term reserved for what is required after a disaster. Ray argues that the federal government must respond rapidly to the changing climate, as a matter of national security.

Dan Stillman from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies brings us an update on NASA budgets and renewed support of Earth observations in this time of great need for continuity in data gathering.

Also in this issue, we report on the expanding partnership between China and Brazil with their CBERS satellite constellation, and on software innovations as companies expand and consolidate, offering better solutions in data integration for their customers.

In Next-Gen Mapping, columnists Natasha Léger and Craig Bachmann discuss a new offering of geospatial companies to their customers: a return on their investment! This key issue of how to "monetize the data" will be addressed in upcoming issues as well.

In fact, moving forward, we will be more focused on the business side of geospatial technologies and location-based services. You'll see more articles like those found in Next-Gen Mapping throughout the publication. It is the responsibility of media to change with the times and the industries that they cover, so we'll be making some changes to the publication.

In addition to becoming more focused editorially on what readers need to know, we will be doing many things the same. We have always been committed to editorial integrity, which means that we publish articles based on what's most important for our readers, not for the benefit of advertisers. This way, our readers know that they can trust what they read; it's not "sponsored."

This integrity combined with our in-depth reporting style and the timeliness of our articles has won us several media coups. Imaging Notes was credited on the front page of The Washington Post when we published the first images of China's only nuclear submarine. We scooped The New York Times last fall when we published a preview of a report written for the U.S. Air Force about the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah that took place in Lebanon. We will continue to bring you timely articles that are relevant to your work.

Please glance through the names of those industry leaders serving on our Editorial Advisory Board on page 4. Let them know, when you see them, that you appreciate their involvement in the geospatial industry's media. You deserve the best information that we can provide, so their service to you and to us is important.

— Myrna James Yoo
Publisher/Managing Editor

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