Category Archives: Editors Desk

Mapping the world’s ecosystems

A Conversation with Roger Sayre, Senior Scientist for Ecosystems at the U.S. Geological Survey

Scientists have long mapped components of our planet’s ecosystems including soils, rocks, vegetation, and climate. More recently, the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observation (GEO) commissioned the first comprehensive maps that define all of Earth’s ecosystems. A team led by Roger...

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2019 predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry

2018 proved to be a big year for the commercial drone industry as a whole, as it saw the launch of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) from the FAA, new products like the Phantom 4 RTK from DJI and major developments for a new European regulatory framework for...

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Storm Chaser

Adaptable technologies help a British surveying firm tame a powerful blizzard.

As Ted Harland loaded his vehicle, he knew he was headed into some very bad weather. It was 4:00 a.m. and he faced a four-hour drive to the jobsite, a stone quarry in Scotland near Glasgow. Harland had conducted surveys to...

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Tapping into UAS technology opens up a world of possibilities

Sometimes, the most effective, most revelatory, most progressive solutions to a problem can be found in the unlikeliest of places. 

Case in point: three and a half hours north of Phoenix, in the city of Lakeside, Ariz., an electric cooperative which serves more than 33,000...

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