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e-Trikala S.A. – The First Digital City in Greece

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Since 2004, e-trikala , in cooperation with and in the line of the operational program “The Information Society” is acting in the fields of new broadband technologies, successfully implementing municipal projects. On the 8th of April, 2008, having the required experience, it was transformed into e-Trikala S.A., an emerging company, formed within the Municipality of Trikala, Greece.

By creating infrastructure and by providing services, e-Trikala continuously aims to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based applications, oriented to the improvement of all citizens’ everyday life, in a medium sized city, simplifying public transactions, reducing telecommunication costs and delivering new services related to the local way of life. Moreover, these ICT applications offer new ways and methods that enable citizens participate on policy-making, while in parallel establish local Government and Public Authorities as guarantors of local society’s every day proper, digital and distanced operation.

e-Trikala S.A. operates upon a fully integrated basis while, as the First Digital City in Greece (proclaimed in 2004 by the Minister of Economics, Mr. Folias), it establishes high technological and broadband National standards by using and offering its “know-how” to other municipalities within Greece.

During the last couple of years, e-Trikala is cooperating with the Central Union of Greek Municipalities ( ΚΕΔΚΕ ), serving as a consulting company, using research and development strategies, regarding the country’s technological as well as economic growth.

The company’s main areas of expertise are:

  • e-transportation
  • e-education
  • e-health
  • e-government & e-democracy
  • geographical information systems
  • networks (Wi-Fi, fiber optic, Wi-Max pilot application & operation)
  • event planning & organizing (exhibitions, conferences, galas)

e-Trikala projects refer to a number of actions and infrastructure, which aim to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based applications, oriented to the improvement of citizens’ everyday life, in a medium sized city.

As we are moving through the 21st century and as we deploy technology and its advantages, every citizen has the opportunity to enjoy useful applications for their everyday transactions, their distanced servicing as well as local and touristic information services. The e-trikala team operates under the new broadband reality of things, while it creates and provides digital projects, integrated broadband applications and e-services for the citizens.

The field of overall National, European and International activities until today includes:

  • Official INEC membership (International Network of e-Communities) membership
  • Lead partnership of the European project INTERREG Digital Cities
  • Host and lead organizers of the Broadband Cities 2008 (INEC’s annual conference)
  • Candidate and Smart21 award winner during the Broadband Economy 2009 Annual Summit in New York
  • Founder of the first Digital Community S.A. in Greece consisting of 11 municipalities of central Greece (1,5 million people)
  • Participation in “e-Health based Chronic Disease Management 2008” in Slovenia
  • Αctive in E-health European projects (ISISEMD, e-HealthRegion, WISEE, LivingLabThessaly, RenewingHealth, INDEPENDENT)
  • Recently member in the Global Cities Dialogue network
  • Partnership in the European project ISISEMD.

 

Source: http://www.e-trikala.gr/en

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DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 Satellite Continues on Track for Mid-2014 Launch

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Company Will Complete GeoEye-2 Satellite to Preserve as Ground Spare

LONGMONT, CO–(Marketwire – Feb 4, 2013) – DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI) (“DigitalGlobe”) today announced that its previously planned satellite construction program related to its third WorldView-class satellite remains on track.

DigitalGlobe can now confirm that it plans to complete WorldView-3 on its original schedule to be ready for launch in mid-2014 in order to meet the requirements of its EnhancedView contract with the U.S. government. That contract calls for completion and launch of WorldView-3, which will offer the most spectral diversity available commercially and be the first to offer multiple Short-Wave Infrared bands that allow for accurate imaging through haze, fog, dust, smoke and other air-born particulates. DigitalGlobe’s largest customer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has confirmed the requirements of DigitalGlobe’s EnhancedView contract remain unchanged.

Accordingly, following its just completed combination with GeoEye, DigitalGlobe intends to complete the construction of GeoEye-2 in 2013 and to preserve it as a ground spare to meet customer demand or as a replacement for other on-orbit satellites. Previously, GeoEye had expected to launch GeoEye-2 in 2013.

“After careful consideration and discussions with our largest customer and others, we have determined that launching WorldView-3 and preserving GeoEye-2 as a ground spare will best meet the collective needs of customers and shareowners alike,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This plan reduces our risk profile and capital footprint, while giving our customers access to the most advanced earth observation capabilities available commercially. Furthermore, as we move forward, if demand exceeds our expectations, we will be well positioned to quickly expand our constellation. GeoEye-2 and WorldView-3 are extraordinary satellites, and I want to thank all of our team members and partners for their continued efforts toward their completion.”

Since completing its combination with GeoEye, DigitalGlobe now provides customers with access to a constellation of five earth observation satellites and a broad suite of high-value geospatial production and analytic services. Customers will benefit from a larger constellation with optimized orbits, and coordinated scheduling will collect imagery faster, increase persistence and enhance resilience.

DigitalGlobe intends to provide full-year 2013 financial guidance and an updated capital expenditure forecast when it announces fourth quarter 2012 and full year 2012 earnings on February 26, 2013.

 

Source:

http://media.digitalglobe.com/press-releases/digitalglobe-s-worldview-3-satellite-continues-on–nyse-dgi-981644

A New Virtual Museum: Www.Muvicc.Es

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A new concept of Museum was born on June 30, 2012. Taking advantage of the latest technologies for virtual visits to archaeological sites and Photogrammetry 3D objects, was created the first Museum Virtual of the culture Castro (www.muvicc.es) under the name of MUVICC.

A new technological tool for dissemination and digitization of objects, museums and archaeological sites.

 

Source: http://www.muvicc.es

Are Tropical Forests Resilient to Global Warming?

Tropical forests are less likely to lose biomass — plants and plant material — in response to greenhouse gas emissions over the twenty-first century than may previously have been thought, suggests a study published online this week in Nature Geoscience.

In the most comprehensive assessment yet of the risk of tropical forest dieback due to climate change, the results have important implications for the future evolution of tropical rainforests including the role they play in the global climate system and carbon cycle.

To remain effective, programmes such as the United Nation’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation+ scheme require rainforest stability, in effect locking carbon within the trees.

The research team comprised climate scientists and tropical ecologists from the UK, USA, Australia and Brazil and was led by Dr Chris Huntingford from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in the UK.

Dr Huntingford and colleagues used computer simulations with 22 climate models to explore the response of tropical forests in the Americas, Africa and Asia to greenhouse-gas-induced climate change. They found loss of forest cover in only one model, and only in the Americas. The researchers found that the largest source of uncertainty in the projections to be differences in how plant physiological processes are represented, ahead of the choice of emission scenario and differences between various climate projections.

Although this work suggests that the risk of climate-induced damage to tropical forests will be relatively small, the paper does list where the considerable uncertainties remain in defining how ecosystems respond to global warming.

Lead author Dr Chris Huntingford, from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in the UK, said, “The big surprise in our analysis is that uncertainties in ecological models of the rainforest are significantly larger than uncertainties from differences in climate projections. Despite this we conclude that based on current knowledge of expected climate change and ecological response, there is evidence of forest resilience for the Americas (Amazonia and Central America), Africa and Asia.”

Co-author Dr David Galbraith from the University of Leeds said, “This study highlights why we must improve our understanding of how tropical forests respond to increasing temperature and drought. Different vegetation models currently simulate remarkable variability in forest sensitivity to climate change. And while these new results suggest that tropical forests may be quite resilient to warming, it is important also to remember that other factors not included in this study, such as fire and deforestation, will also affect the carbon stored in tropical forests. Their impacts are also difficult to simulate. It is therefore critical that modelling studies are accompanied by further comprehensive forest observations.”

Co-author Dr Lina Mercado from the University of Exeter and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology said, “Building on this study, one of the big challenges that remains is to include, in Earth system models, a full representation of thermal acclimation and adaptation of the rainforest to warming.”

The research team came from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UK), National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA), The Australian National University (Australia), CCST/Inst Nacl Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) (Brazil), James Cook University (Australia), University of Leeds (UK), University of Oxford (UK), University of Exeter (UK), University of Sheffield (UK), Met Office Hadley Centre (UK), University College London (UK), and the University of Edinburgh, (UK).

 

Story Source:

The above story is reprinted from materials provided by Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, via AlphaGalileo.

http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=129167&CultureCode=en

ArcLand Conference “From Known Knowns to Unknown Unknowns: Remotely Detecting the Past”

9th – 10th May 2013, Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin

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Over the past few years the extent and quality of information available from satellites, airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) and aerial photography has grown exponentially. These techniques, collectively referred to as remote sensing, have had an enormous impact on our ability to reveal past landscapes and disseminate knowledge about those landscapes. The results of this work can be both visually exciting and intellectually engaging.

This two day conference brings together a series of speakers to showcase these techniques and the uses to which they can be put. This conference will specifically explore how remote sensing and its results can be used within the sectors of:

  • Heritage management and legislation
  • Education including: secondary, third level and continual development
  • Community heritage and citizen science

Book a place at the K2U2 event: http://k2u2arcland.eventbrite.com

ArchaeoLandscapes Europe offers a small number of bursaries/grants to support students and young scholars to participate in ArcLand related events and activities. Forms for grant applications can be found on the ArcLand webpage (see http://www.archaeolandscapes.eu/index.php/en/outreach/grants.html for details) and will have to be send to the project leader by email until 5th April 2013.

 

Source:

http://www.archaeolandscapes.eu/index.php/en/outreach/conferences/347-u2k2.html

BeiDo – China targeting navigation system’s global coverage by 2020

China’s homegrown navigation system BeiDou is expected to achieve full-scale global coverage by around 2020, a leading scientist told Xinhua on Sunday.

The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will then be able to provide highly accurate and reliable positioning, navigation and timing service with the aid of a constellation of 35 satellites, said Ye Peijian, chief commander of Chang’e-3, China’s lunar probe mission.

“So far, China has successfully launched 16 navigation satellites and four other experimental ones for BDS,” Ye said.

China started to build up its own space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing system in 2000 by launching the first satellite for an experimental version of the BeiDou. BeiDou has since started providing licensed services for China’s government and military users in transport, weather forecasts, fishing, forestry, telecommunications, hydrological monitoring and mapping. However, it is estimated that more than 95 percent of navigation terminals sold in China are GPS terminals. To compete with foreign rivals, the BeiDou terminal can communicate with the ground station by sending and receiving short messages, 120 Chinese characters in each, in addition to the navigation and timing functions that the world’s other major navigation systems can provide. BeiDou aims to take 70 to 80 percent of the now GPS-dominated domestic market by 2020, a spokesman for the system said in December.

“We hope that the industries based on BDS will hold 15 to 20 percent of the market share by 2015,” said BDS spokesman Ran Chengqi, who is also director of the China Satellite Navigation Office.

 

Source: http://english.cntv.cn/20130304/100230.shtml

Call for Papers: 8th International Symposium on Digital Earth, Kuching, Sarawak – Malaysia

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The 8th International Symposium on Digital Earth 2013 (ISDE 2013) will be held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 26th – 29th August 2013. This symposium is an important event of the International Society for Digital Earth. The theme “Transforming Knowledge into Sustainable Practice” aims to enable digital earth modeler and experts in the field of geospatial science and technology to provide a brand new opportunity to share their ideas and insights on how we share knowledge and act together globally.

The abstract deadline submission has been extended till 31st March 2013.

To register, please visit: http://www.isde2013kuching.com/on_reg.php

All accepted papers will be published online in IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science with high visibility and indexed in Scopus, El Compendex and Inspec. Selected papers will be invited for review for special issue in the International Journal of Digital Earth, Indexed in SCI-Expanded, with impact factor 1.083 (2011).

Symposium Themes

  • Digital Earth Vision and Innovation
  • Earth Observation Technologies
  • ICT Technologies (including Spatial Data Infrastructures)
  • Empowering the Community, Engaging Society
  • Digital City and Green Cities
  • Digital Heritage
  • Population Growth and Infrastructure Development
  • Adapting to Global and Climate Change
  • Land and Water Management
  • Early Warning, Emergency Management and National Security
  • Mining, Energy and Resources Development
  • Natural Resource Management and Agriculture
  • Health and Biodiversity

Important Dates

Final Call For Abstract                            31 March 2013

Call For Full Paper Deadline                 31 May 2013

Early Bird Registration Ends                 30 June 2013

Normal Registration Opens                   01 July 2013

Full Paper Acceptance Notification     31 July 2013

8th ISDE Symposium                                26 – 29 August 2013

 

For more information, please visit the Symposium website at:

http://www.isde2013kuching.com

 

Workshop

A Workshop entitled “Digital City & Green Cities: Towards Urban Sustainability” will be held in conjunction with the Symposium on 26th – 27th August 2013.

Objectives
The overall objectives for this workshop is to increase awareness among policy makers and planners on the benefits, scenarios, challenges and potential of digital city in achieving urban sustainability. Specific objectives for this workshop are to:

  • Share information on research and applications studies that have demonstrated the use of the elements sustainability
  • Address the principles and mechanism for enhancing national, regional and international awareness of digital city concepts in achieving sustainability.
  • Identification of research activities and implementation those are more relevant to the needs of decision makers in international, regional, national and local levels.

More information can be found at: http://www.isde2013kuching.com/workshop.php

 

Summer School Programme

A youth programme is to be organised at UNIMAS, Kuching, Sarawak on 23 – 25 August, 2013 hosted by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

The summer school will provide participants with an educational experience;

  • To understand the vision for Digital Earth technology and approaches in addressing issues of sustainability
  • To demonstrate geospatial analytical tools, including image processing of remotely sensed data and GIS software to indentify, quantify, and report on priority rural planning information, and to develop sustainability scenarios for rural development through laboratory and field investigations using geospatial tools.

More information can be found at: http://www.isde2013kuching.com/youth.php


Sources: http://www.isde2013kuching.com (8th ISDE Symposium)

http://www.isde2013kuching.com/workshop.php (Workshop)

http://www.isde2013kuching.com/youth.php (Summer School)

Science for Environment Policy: FUTURE BRIEFS

Future Briefs are a series of horizon-scanning policy briefs, which provide an accessible overview of emerging areas of science and technology as part of the European’s Commission for Science for Environment Policy.

The following briefs are available for free via: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/future_briefs.htm

Earth Observation’s Potential for the EU Environment

Earth observation from space by satellites can provide a wealth of data relating to the land, oceans and atmosphere. This Future Brief examines how the data can inform Europe’s environmental policy.

Bioelectrochemical Systems

This Future Brief examines the examines the use of bioelectrochemical systems, such as microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and microbial electrolysis cells (MECs), to treat wastewater and generate electricity, hydrogen and valuable chemicals.

Green Behaviour

This Future Brief examines the role that policy can play in supporting and encouraging the public’s pro-environmental behaviour. The report explores different policy methods to reward green behaviour, such as financial incentives.

Offshore Exploration and Exploitation in the Mediterranean

This Future Brief examines the impacts of exploration on marine and coastal environments. Focusing on oil, gas and mineral exploration as well as renewable energy schemes, the report considers evidence from recent scientific research, including reports following the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010.

 

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/future_briefs.htm

Planet Action 2012 Annual Report

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Planet Action is a non-profit initiative launched in June 2007 by Spot Image. It has been joined by ESRI as a co-founding partner very early, and other partners have also joined the initiative since. More recently, Planet Action and the UNESCO signed a cooperation agreement within the framework of the Open Initiative to support World Heritage sites.

Man-made climate change is a global issue with serious threats: this is a new challenge for our societies and communities to get fully involved with new and cooperative approaches.

It is our ambition, as a committed and responsible corporate citizen, to bring quality technologies and expertise to the non-profit community working on climate change.

The projects benefiting from Planet Action grants reflect the complexity and interactions at stake in shaping a future based on sustainability.  We are grateful to them for their work and feedback.  We also appreciate the strong relationships that help us share knowledge within the Planet Action’s community: non-profits and NGOs, technology providers (ESRI, ITT, Trimble), experts, and outreach partners.

We hope this Annual Report presents an accurate picture of our activity and our personality.

The Planet Action team

 

Source: http://www.planet-action.org/web/183-annual-report.php

Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)

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The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) (http://www.dlese.org/library/index.jsp) is a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels.

DLESE supports Earth system science education by providing:

  • Access to high-quality collections of educational resources
  • Access to Earth data sets and imagery, including the tools and interfaces that enable their effective use in educational settings
  • Support services to help educators and learners effectively create, use, and share educational resources
  • Communication networks to facilitate interactions and collaborations across all dimensions of Earth system education

DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more.

The National Science Foundation provided funding for the development of DLESE which is now operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Computational and Information Systems Laboratory and the NCAR Library on behalf of the education community.

 

Source: http://www.dlese.org/library/index.jsp


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