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Air Traffic Control Moves to GNSS

About ten years ago it became clear that in many parts of the world airspace was approaching saturation point. Air transportation was plagued by delays, and safety had begun to be compromised. The existing outmoded groundbased radar systems, already stretched to the limit, were hardly able to cope. In the US, there are around 50,000 […]

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Cyclone Sidr Devastates Bangladesh

On 15 November 2007, a category 4 cyclone, called Cyclone Sidr, came ashore in Bangladesh. Wind speeds reached 225 km/h; some waves were eight metres high. More than 3200 people died. Bangladesh is a prisoner of its geography. Three rivers, the Brahmaputra, the Ganges and the Meghna, rise in the Himalaya mountains before they converge […]

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Inside GEOSS

PARVIZ TARIKHI At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002, delegates highlighted the urgency of co-ordinated Earth observation. The following year, the meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrialised countries (the G8) in Evian, France, gave shape to this urgency by setting priorities for Earth observation. These meetings recognised that international […]

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