Treaty Monitoring, Climate Sensors, and State/Local Government Emergency Planning

Imaging Notes launches LBx Journal

Dear Remote Sensing Professional,

We are thrilled to have a new partnership, announced in our Winter issue, with the Secure World Foundation, which promotes the development of cooperative and effective use of space systems for the protection of Earth's environment and for human security. Imaging Notes will continue its coverage of relevant issues, and our searchable archive of articles is now free online.

In our new Secure World Foundation Forum, Editor Ray Williamson points out that accurate debris positional data is much needed commercially, demonstrated by the February collision of the commercially owned Iridium-33 satellite with the defunct Russian Cosmos 2251.

This issue of Imaging Notes also includes articles about the use of satellites for monitoring environmental treaties, an update on climate sensors, the Spot Image constellation of satellites (including Pleiades plans), and security for the National Democratic Convention in Denver.

Monitoring international climate treat-ies is not simple. Using earth observation data has become more popular in the last ten years or so, as the number of treaties has increased and the contracting parties seek easier ways to monitor compliance and effectiveness of treaties.

For example, on page 28, a NASA Aura satellite image shows the size of the ozone hole at its peak in September 2007, the month when it usually peaks each year. The size of the hole was about average for recent Septembers, but it is increasing over time.

The article on climate sensors on page 33 also shows information about ozone monitoring, with a chart on page 37 showing upcoming gaps in the U.S. Ozone Monitoring Program. There exist many excellent climate sensors, and yet there are still so many challenges with continuity and standards.

Spot Image has ambitious plans for new satellites to launch, including Pleiades-1 in 2010, the company's first of two sub-meter imaging satellites. SPOT-6 and -7 are planned for 2012 and 2013. Funding for these satellites is private, which will be an industry first, as no other satellite of this scope has launched without public funds.

Spot Image Corp. has distribution rights in North America for S. Korea's KOMPSAT-2 and Taiwan's FORMOSAT-2, the latter of which provided the image for this issue's cover of Kuwait City.

Emergency planning for the Democratic National Convention in August 2008 required the coordination and partnership of state, local, regional, utility and federal governments, including the USGS and NGA. This story, with 3D and LiDAR images, begins on page 14.

Our Next-Gen Mapping column, always focusing the discussion on making imagery more commercially viable, discusses the price of a pixel—from major motion picture pixels to gigapixel technology.

Finally, Imaging Notes is proud to announce that we have launched a spin-off publication (really a spin-off of the Next-Gen Mapping Column!), LBx Journal, which is a multi-media resource for geospatial companies that are expanding their customer base to the emerging business market, and for enterprises that are exploring the untapped business potential of location intelligence. Location-based "x" (LBx) is the recognition that most business processes are connected to location, whether they have to do with supply chain, transportation, distribution, or other aspects of business. You fill in the "x" with your business need.

The print edition launched in May at Where 2.0, an O'Reilly Conference on "all things digital mapping" with quite a cult following. Our rich interactive website will launch in July.

LBx Journal will be the only independent media resource bridging the geospatial solutions companies and the emerging business end user. Join us in July at

Very best regards,

Myrna James Yoo, Publisher


Sensors & Systems | Monitoring, Analyzing and Adapting to Global Change | Stay in tune with the transformation. Subscribe to the free weekly newsletter.