Monitoring the Earth:
A New Urgency
Imaging Notes is your source for remote sensing stories that go beyond the headlines. We provide objective in-depth reporting of major stories affecting the industry, such as this issue’s cover story on Microsoft’s acquisition of Vexcel Corporation. While other publications have shared the press release or speculated on what this acquisition means for the geospatial industry, Imaging Notes has the exclusive inside story for you.
The Microsoft Virtual Earth story (page 20) demonstrates a powerful shift occurring within the geospatial realm, and Imaging Notes will continue to cover this compelling new direction. We are proud to sponsor the Where 2.0 conference (San Jose, Calif.) in June — our first sponsorship of a show that is consumer-driven as well as business-to-business. One implication of this change in direction is that it will enable “the widespread availability and use of digital Earth information to enhance society,” according to Microsoft.
Through innovations like Microsoft Virtual Earth, Google Earth, ESRI’s ArcWeb, and NASA’s Digital Earth (for which our Earth Scope columnist Dr. Tim Foresman is former director), the emerging model has the potential for purposeful monitoring of the planet with an eye to alleviating environmental problems that we are facing. The need for such monitoring is addressed in our Earth Scope column in this issue, ‘Udo’s World’ (page 10).
Each issue of Imaging Notes will take the lead in covering these urgent environmental concerns with the hope that this will contribute to discussions for improving conditions on the planet. Dr. Foresman is uniquely qualified, by his background with the U.N. Environment Programme’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment and by his involvement as founding member of the International Society for Digital Earth, to help us understand the applications of technology in mitigating natural disasters and addressing the threats of Global Warming.
One new column, Next-Gen Mapping, also addresses ‘data without borders’ that these global-view products bring, the issues that come with it, and the future of remote sensing (page 14).
In another new column, we are providing readers with a new space in which to share concerns and questions, celebrate successes, or just rant! It’s our new Guest Editor column, Hindsight (page 38), which will be written by different industry folks in each issue, and will always be found on the very last page of the magazine.
Hurricane season is here, and the United States has never been more aware of it. In this issue are two stories on the response to the 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita (pages 26 and 32), including one company’s detailed explanation as a first responder.
During this past year of independent ownership, we have accomplished several things. In addition to providing exclusive in-depth stories, we have re-launched our Web site. The archive there currently includes searchable content from the past few years. A full data-rich searchable archive going back for more than a decade will be available in the future.
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Also, we would like to thank several astute readers, who pointed out an error in the Winter 2006 issue. In Enjoy the View’s image of Peru, the small town near Machu Picchu was mistakenly identified as Cuzco. The correct name of the town is Aguas Calientes; Cuzco is a larger town some distance away. We apologize for this error.
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