I started writing these reviews two years ago, really to get a feel of the pace of change in Earth Observation / Geospatial today. If you are interested in the major EO related events in Q1 2019 please visit the link below:
Asia continues to be a huge growth area for Earth Observation and more launches are coming:
— SpaceWatch.Global (@SpaceWatchGL) May 1, 2019
Radarsat constellation launched:
We’re excited for the upcoming launch of the #RADARSAT Constellation Mission on June 12th! Here is the launch area from June 8th, same day as @SpaceX completed its successful #Falcon9 static fire test. @csa_asc @MDA_maxar #RCMSatellites pic.twitter.com/80ne8TzBqo
— Maxar Technologies (@Maxar) June 10, 2019
Suggestions for future Landsat missions:
Timely paper: Wu etal. User needs for future #Landsat missions. #Landsat10
Suggest: Improvements to future Landsat systems should include 10 m spatial resolution & at least weekly cloud-free observation frequency. Plus more & narrower spectral channels.https://t.co/iGcjWSCNNB pic.twitter.com/F1p0TxrjvZ
— Mike Wulder (@mikewulder) June 17, 2019
Yesterday I monitored the deployment of 4 small satellites (CubeSats), as they were ejected outside of the JEM laboratory on @Space_Station. The first set of CubeSats deployed were from Nepal, Sri Lanka & Japan, & the last CubeSat was from Singapore. https://t.co/3YIvo0P40B pic.twitter.com/DAKvl2mskj
— Nick Hague (@AstroHague) June 18, 2019
The EO data challenge for FOSS4G is launched:
We are launching today the #foss4g2019 EO Data Challenge, inviting startups, developers, students and researchers to imagine and build valuable #opensource applications using Big EO data and state-of-the art technologies. Curious? Find the details here: https://t.co/1I7Hso6f8s pic.twitter.com/bKOGT0FOuR
— FOSS4G 2019 (@foss4g) April 10, 2019
Stac 0.7.0 is released.
What is the difference between a Cloud Optimised Geotiff and Meta Raster format?
— Element 84 (@Element84) June 6, 2019
Projects / Workflows
Measuring pollution from space using Sentinel 5-P.
Keep on learning with the excellent RUS training webinars:
Learn about Cartopy here (especially if you rely on basemap).
Detecting fields in Germany using Copernicus data:
OSM inputs to Machine Learning a tutorial:
First part of the OSM vector data to ML training data tutorial written up! AKA, my candid rant on @Maxar Open Imagery for natural disasters (yes I know it is free, but still) & love of everything @Mapbox https://t.co/Gn1xMvKig3 #MachineLearning #Geospatial #datascience
— Shay Strong (@shaybstrong) May 8, 2019
New version of scikit-image released.
QGIS is available on conda!
— Sidney Schaberle Goveia (@SS_Geosaber) May 8, 2019
Do you like Google Earth Engine? Wants loads of tips in one place? Great, then go here.
Space Net 5 Challenge – all about roads and optimising:
spacenet 5 challenge looks like another cool onehttps://t.co/yCahx6XmiW
— ! (@jqtrde) June 18, 2019
QGIS 3.8 is out now:
— Jürgen E. Fischer (@JuergenEFischer) June 24, 2019
Learning Python? – This is a great intro to Numpy.
Kepler.gl is available in Jupyter Notebooks:
— Jerome Cukier (@jcukier) June 25, 2019
SNAP 7 released in beta.
Cool series on COGs including mosaics.
Documentation updated for GDAL, and GDAL 3.0.0 released.
— Howard Butler (@howardbutler) May 23, 2019
GeoPandas 0.5.0 is out now.
ESA Living Planet took place in Milan:
Follow Monday's grand opening at #LivingPlanet live on our website. Over 4000 participants are gathering in Milan, Italy, next week for the world's biggest Earth observation conference to date – starts 09:00 CEST on 13 May. #LPS19
Details: https://t.co/dJ1bjfVJIt pic.twitter.com/nrn7MUFdrn
— ESA (@esa) May 9, 2019
GeoPythonConf took place. Cool stuff here.
Analysis Ready Workshop announced.
Companies / Investment / Governmental
Selling data products is the wrong business model for AI, according to Descartes Labs.
Another entrant to the seemingly crowded space analytics market.
Blacksky wins US intel contract.
AWS ground station is up and running.
Orbital Go announced.
Maxar sign deal with DARPA.
Urthecast are selling Deimos imaging.
Points of interest / News
The BBC did a four part series on Earth From Space:
The BBC are doing a 4 part series called Earth from Space – starts Wednesday https://t.co/5s6CVpCt78
— Andrew Cutts (@map_andrew) April 15, 2019
Sentinel 2 is actually a video:
Did you know that *every* @CopernicusEU #Sentinel2 image is, in fact, a short 2-sec long video taken from space? It's just a bit harder to process. Generated using #earthengine, @EarthOutreach. Moving clouds, plane, and tiny wave displacements can be spotted. pic.twitter.com/avUG31RTLm
— Gennadii Donchyts (@gena_d) May 30, 2019
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— Robin Hawkes (@robhawkes) June 9, 2019
Chennai is running out of water:
Chennai, India's sixth largest city, is running out of water. PlanetScope imagery from February – June 2019 shows the drastic depletion of the Chembarambakkam Lake, one of the city's largest reservoirs. pic.twitter.com/RnTiopkb8e
— Planet (@planetlabs) June 20, 2019
Major Greenland Glacier is growing:
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) June 18, 2019
Planet’s Boundless acquisition news – it’s not good for investors.
Who will be the next big mapping company?
(Who will be) Americas Next Big Mapping Company? https://t.co/i7Q3Tb67BQ
— Paul Ramsey (@pwramsey) June 10, 2019
And finally, Satellites are being used to protect sharks:
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