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Satellite imagery expansion to improve environmental observation

Florida, USA, 26 June 2006: The Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS), which is part of UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, have announced its agreement to receive much higher resolution satellite imagery of important environmental observations, including weather phenomenon, sea surge, and subsidence from the SPOT 5 satellite. CSTARS already receives SPOT 2/4 imagery under an agreement signed in September 2003.

“SPOT 5 is a powerful addition to our capabilities in national security, disaster response, and environmental monitoring,” explained Dr. Hans Graber, CSTARS co-director. “This will allow us to offer much greater value in terms of imagery options and responsiveness for our users working throughout the Caribbean Basin.”

“The most notable benefit of SPOT 5 imagery is its amazing spatial resolution that will help in a variety of ways,” said Dr. Tim Dixon, CSTARS co-director. “It will give us a better handle on the detailed variations in land surface characteristics, considerably enhancing what we understand about an image.”