The big picture: How pictures from space change our understanding of Earth and beyond
From the start of the space programme, the principal use of satellites has been to take pictures of Earth. These cameras rapidly evolved to include a wide array of sensors and techniques, each designed to uncover more and more about our home planet. Remote sensing has given us insight into our environment and enabled our understanding of the solar system beyond.
Today, a wide array of sensors and systems take ever-increasing data sets, from solar irradiance to sea surface temperature to atmospheric conditions and much more. New insights into Earth and ocean resources have been key to understanding both weather and climate on our constantly changing planet, as well as have had dramatic effects on commerce across the globe. Advancing technology has been a key enabler to the continuous study of Earth as a living system. As these techniques are proven here on Earth, they also migrate to systems studying other planets in our solar system. In turn, our understanding of the histories of other solar system destinations like Venus and Mars inform our understanding of what the Earth’s future might be like.
Recently featured on Carte Blanche and 702 FM, NASA Deputy Chief Technologist (Ret.), Jim Adams, returns to South Africa for this special opportunity to examine our eyes in the sky!
Jim Adams, retired Deputy Chief Technologist for NASA, managed the entire NASA Planetary Science portfolio from 2007 to 2012, enabling the exploration of Mercury, the Moon, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. He also ran NASA’s Innovation Office, an enterprise designed to incubate new ideas to continue NASA’s leadership role in space exploration. This included a unique public-private partnership that sought out the most promising entrepreneurs from around the globe. Jim has worked on over two-dozen successful currently operating space missions, and received three NASA medals recognising exceptional service and leadership, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. He holds a B.Sc in Physics from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania (PA) and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University, Villanova, PA.
A gifted storyteller, Jim engages the curiosity and imagination of his audiences, and inspires emerging scientists and entrepreneurs to think creatively and inventively.
Date: 11th May, 2017
Venue: Diamond Auditorium, CSIR ICC
Organiser: Vaneshree Maharaj
Cost to attend: Free of charge.
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2017 IEEE GRSS Summer School
Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled. Kindly contact the organiser, Prof. Michael Inggs on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Earth Observations and Services to Support Improved Wildfire Knowledge and Management Workshop
Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled. Kindly contact the organiser, Vince Ambrosia on Vincent.G.Ambrosia@nasa.gov for further information.
GEO Work Programme Symposium
SAR-EDU/CEOS WGCapD Summerschool
The Summerschool aims at the transfer of knowledge about the usage of Radar Earth Observation data. Participants will learn how to get, use and interpret Radar data for geographic, administrative and scientific applications. A major objective is to enable local users to work with freely available data and processing tools.The SAR Summerschool addresses primarily participants from institutions, research institutes and universities from African countries. A basic knowledge in remote sensing is beneficial for attending the workshop.
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Dates: 4th to 7th May, 2017
Venue: Meraka Auditorium, Building 43, CSIR
Organisers: Michael Bock and Robert Eckardt
Cost to attend: No charge
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