Earth Observation

Statistics Canada harnessing Earth observation data

An example of Vancouver open data businesses

Data from Google Earth and other Earth observation campaigns is allowing Statistics Canada (StatsCan) to create databases showing how Canadians live and work. The government department showcased some of its ongoing work at the online GeoIgnite conference on Friday (July 24), with projects ranging from building catalogues to walkability. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, …

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Earth observation is hitting its stride: MDA

Space-based Earth Observation

A senior MDA executive says Earth observation (EO) is "on the brink of a really integrated and operational era" due to continued efforts from his company and others around the world. Within Canada, MDA is famous for its RADARSAT series of satellites – RADARSAT-1 (no longer operational after exceeding its design life), RADARSAT-2 (still working well after more than a dozen years in space) and …

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Geospatial community says international partnerships key to Canada’s future in space

This is a Mosaic of Canada which is made from 121 images captured by Canadian satellite RADARSAT-2.

It doesn't matter what space tech Canada is working on deploying; our country still finds a vibrancy in leveraging international partnerships to get things done in orbit, according to experts at the GeoIgnite online conference. In a panel Wednesday (July 23) about the future of Canada's geospatial sector, executives from the geospatial community working in industries ranging from Earth observation to robotics talked about our …

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Canada, ESA and other partners offer online remote sensing courses

First engineering image captured by an RCM satellite with Google Map for reference

Several Canadian organizations including the Canadian Space Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Environment Canada have been working with their European colleagues to develop online remote sensing courses. At the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Dirk Werle of the Canadian Space Agency presented an update on the groups efforts. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space …

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The Canadian Space Agency publishes Space-Based Earth Observation engagement paper

Space-based Earth Observation

The first panel discussion at the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing yesterday was on Space-Based Earth Observation. It was chaired by Eric Loubier, the new Director General of the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation at Natural Resources Canada. Leading up to the discussion an engagement paper was released by the Canadian Space Agency, though if you didn't know where to find it, you …

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NASA and partners release global view of COVID-19 impacts

NASA, ESA, and JAXA COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released a COVID-19 Earth Observation (EO) dashboard to track the environmental and socio-economic impact of the Coronavirus. Canada is not directly involved. The dashboard integrates multiple satellite data records from the three space agencies with analytical tools that allows the public "to track changes in air and water quality, climate change, …

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