Thursday, June 07, 2007

Shocking Facts on the Global Changes for Climate and Environment

Peter Worden, Director of NASA Ames Research Center.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Selected Highlights on the Day 2 of the ISDE-5
Director Brig.Gen. Peter Worden introduced the NASA Ames Research Center's activities emphasizing the importance of the collaboration with the industry to facilitate the access to the enormous data asset of NASA for everybody.

Robert Corell of the Heinz Center Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Shocking facts, figures and graphs were shown by Robert Corell, Director of Global Change of Heinz Center DC. Some of the visualised information are provided even for the situation room of the White House (e.g. thematic maps on bio-epidemics).
In the Session devoted to Google Earth applications moderated by Rebecca Moore of Google, impressive achievement to map remote and wide (1o M hectars) areas in Amazonia in unprecedently very short time involving the local tribes was presented.

The Darfur case introduced by the Washington Holocaust Museum.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
Another excellent example was introduced by experts of the Holocaust Museum Washington DC by geolocating and visualising the spots of crisis in Darfur, Sudan. It is anticipated Amnesty International will also use this technology to monitor such tragic events, and keep eye on them. A press conference in this subject is scheduled for later today. Public access to such information could assist to raise the awareness of the people around the world.
Mary Anne Hitt addressed the issue of the open coal mines in the Appalachians and their irtreversible damages on environment and landscape. The civil initiative Appalachian Voices has its own website to introduce the geolocated sites of mountaintop removals.

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