GeoWrap: Mapbox acquires MapData; 23rd COP summit starts off in Bonn and...

GeoWrap: Mapbox acquires MapData; 23rd COP summit starts off in Bonn and more

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Mangrove forests in Maharashtra to be tracked by real-time satellite imagery

Mangrove forestsIndia: The health of mangrove forests will now be tracked using real-time satellite images in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mangrove cell of the state has approved a proposal from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and commissioned the research project to them to monitor the health of mangrove forests using remote sensing data. On a monthly basis, satellite images will be sent to the forest department…(Read more)

Mapbox acquires MapData to expand into AR maps

MapboxUS: Mapbox has acquired MapData, an artificial intelligence mapping startup based in Belarus that focuses on building neural networks to improve computer vision for applications like augmented reality. The deal will lead to the opening of a new office in the city of Minsk and more engineers will be hired to help build its next big product, an SDK that will let developers build augmented reality-based maps into their apps that will work by way of the front-facing cameras on people’s devices…(Read more)

23rd COP climate change summit starts off in Bonn, Germany

Germany: The United Nations 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) on climate change has started in German city, Bonn on Monday, and every country is eager to hear the outcome of this meeting. The 12-day conference is expected to be attended by 25,000 people, which will be presided over by Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji — the first time that the small island nation will be at the helm of a major international climate conference. The US, which has announced…(Read more)

China adds two more satellites to its Beidou navigation fleet

China: China added two more satellites to its Beidou navigation fleet on Sunday. The satellites were launched from a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang launch centre. The launch vehicle lifted off from Xichang in the hills of southwestern Sichuan Province at 11:45 UTC (19:45 Beijing time). With no launch coverage, the first indications of liftoff came from Chinese social media channels, including amateur footage. Launch success was confirmed by Chinese state media…(Read more)

ISRO plans to set up GIS centre in Jalpaiguri to cut down Elephants’ deaths

India: The Indian space agency ISRO is planning to set up a regional GIS centre at the Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College. A team of the agency’s Calcutta office visited the college to discuss on an elaborate plan that will not only help in forecasting natural calamities and rescuing people, but also help in preventing the elephants’ deaths on the Dooars rail tracks in north Bengal. On Saturday, G. Srinivasa Rao, a scientist posted at the Regional Remote Sensing Centre of ISRO in Calcutta…(Read more)

Tsunami forecast to be made more accurate and efficient

TsunamiIndia: Disaster management and mitigation agencies will soon get a new tool to predict tsunamis. They will be able to know how far the waves will move into the land at different places along the Indian coast. This will be a great leap from the current forecasting system which can only tell time of arrival and wave height. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), which is based in Hyderabad, is preparing a topographical map of the entire coastline of the country for a distance…(Read more)

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As COP 23 kicks off, a new map of Greenland shows glaciers are at a great risk

ice sheetA new map of Greenland’s coastal sea floor and the surface beneath the sheets of ice – released by NASA – shows that glaciers there are melting at a very fast pace and the number of glaciers that are at an alarming risk of melting are 4 times more than previously estimated. This map has released just ahead of COP 23 summit at Bonn, Germany, which will begin on 6th November and end on 17th November. Implementation of Paris Agreement will be the key agenda at COP 23…(Read more)