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  • Research on Soil Chamber Pressure Published in Journal of Geophysical Research

    LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - LI-COR Senior Application Scientist Liukang Xu, Ph.D., led a group of LI-COR scientists and engineers in a research effort to examine pressure effects on chamber-based soil CO2 flux measurements. The results of this study were recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR), an American Geophysical Union publication. Findings of the research show that ...


    By LI-COR

  • Interactions between soil related sciences – linking geophysics, soil science and digital soil mapping

    iSOIL is a collaborate project co-funded by the Research DG of the European Commission within the RTD activities of the FP7 Thematic Priority Environment. iSOIL will develop, validate and evaluate concepts and strategies for an improved soil mapping. Therefore, three topics are of major methodological interest (1) Development of geophysical techniques, (2) Development of geophysical transfer ...

  • ASTM D6429 - 99(2011)e1 standard guide for selecting surface geophysical methods

    This guide applies to commonly used surface geophysical methods for those applications listed in Table 1. The rating system used in Table 1 is based upon the ability of each method to produce results under average field conditions when compared to other methods applied to the same application. An “A” rating implies a preferred method and a “B” rating implies an alternate ...


    By ASTM International

  • Geophysical Services in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated

    The Geophysical Services industry surveys and maps subsurface terrains to find mineral and energy deposits and other physical features, such as fault lines. While the industry primarily serves mining and energy companies, it also contracts services to government agencies and ...


  • Silixa to present at the American Geophysical Union’s 48th Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California, USA, on 17-18 December, 2015

    Silixa will be presenting at AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California, USA on 17 and 18 December, 2015. The first presentation, entitled Challenges in Ecohydrological Monitoring at Soil-Vegetation Interfaces: Exploiting the Potential for Fibre Optic Technologies, will detail the methodological background to a DTS based soil moisture monitoring project carried out in ...


    By Silixa Ltd

  • Promising results of environment monitoring satellite Jason-2 one week after launch

    One week has gone by since the launch, and everything is going very well with Jason-2. While the satellite is not yet in its final orbit (to be reached on 3 July), the first test measurements and calibrations have started. EUMETSAT, CNES, NASA and NOAA are cooperating to test every component of the ground segment, and results are looking very promising. The first Doris (Doppler Orbitography and ...

  • Study: A third of global groundwater basins are overstressed

    Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world's largest groundwater basins. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say it's unclear how much water is left in the most overburdened aquifers. The problem is expected to worsen with climate change and population growth. Using measurements taken by NASA's twin Grace satellites, scientists found the most ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fracking yields high wintertime ozone pollution

    Chemicals released into the air by oil and gas exploration, extraction and related activities (i.e. horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing “fracking”) can spark reactions that lead to high levels of ozone in wintertime, high enough to exceed the US federal health standards, according to new NOAA-led research, published in ...


    By Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H.

  • OCTIO announces integration of Aanderaa sensors for environmental monitoring

    OCTIO is pleased to announce an agreement with Aanderaa Data Instruments AS (AADI), to integrate their line of oceanographic sensors into OCTIO’s ReM System. In addition to subsurface measurements, the ReM system will now also provide measurements of the water column from ocean bottom to sea surface. Helge Brandsæter, CEO of OCTIO Geophysical, comments: “Aanderaa Data ...

  • Losses from Natural Disasters Reach New Peak in 2011

    During 2011, 820 natural catastrophes were documented around the world, resulting in 27,000 deaths and $380 billion in economic losses, according to data compiled by Munich Reinsurance Company and analyzed in the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs series. The number of natural catastrophes was down 15 percent from 2010 but was above the annual average of 790 events between 2001 and 2010, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Jason-2 begins mapping oceans

    Less than a month after the launch of the Jason-2 ocean altimetry satellite, the Ocean Surface Topography Mission has produced its first complete maps. The maps were calculated from the first 10 days of Jason-2’s operational orbit starting on 4 July. After reaching its operational orbit some 1,336 km above the Earth at a 66º inclination, Jason-2 and its experimental predecessor, Jason-1, began ...

  • Sensing Success

    The Australian Deep Exploration Technologies Co-operative Research Centre has signed a commercialisation agreement with Boart Longyear for its downhole sensing tool The Deep Exploration Tech- nologies CRC (DET CRC) has been established to address the most significant chal- lenge to the future of the miner- als industry, i.e. the reduction in the mineral-resources inventory due to high production ...


    By Boart Longyear Inc.

  • DRI Tech Transfer Office turns research into royalties with boost from DOE

    The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) that serves both DRI and the University of Nevada, Reno, is bridging the gap between research and reality by bringing together early-stage technology and marketplace opportunities while generating income for both institutions.The TTO’s primary goals are to commercialize DRI- and university-developed technologies and to stimulate economic development and ...

  • Airborne lidar catches algae

    ESRL’s Jim Churnside (Chemical Sciences Division) has used lidar instruments on airplanes to find schools of fish and squid. He’s used lidar—which bounces laser light off distant objects and captures the information-rich return signals—to find abandoned “ghost nets,” which can ensnare and kill ocean dwellers. Now, Churnside is using airborne lidar to find layers of phytoplankton—tiny plant-like ...

  • Ancient glacial sediments drag down Louisiana`s sinking coast

    Sediments deposited into the Mississippi River Delta thousands of years ago when North America's glaciers retreated are contributing to the ongoing sinking of Louisiana's coastline, finds new research by NASA and scientists at Louisiana State University. The weight of these sediments is causing a large section of Earth's crust to sag at a rate of 0.04 to 0.3 inches a year, the study determined. ...

  • Disasters in Europe: more frequent and causing more damage

    The number and impacts of disasters have increased in Europe in the period 1998-2009, a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) concludes. The report assesses the frequency of disasters and their impacts on humans, the economy and ecosystems and calls for better integrated risk disaster management across Europe. The Agency's new report ' ...

  • Removing High Explosives from Groundwater

    In an initiative supported by EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory's Corrective Actions Program is addressing high explosive contamination in surface water and groundwater at a location this summer in the forests ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Human pollution drives weekday southeast storms

    Summertime storms in the southeastern United States drop more rainfall midweek than on weekends, and NASA scientists say air pollution from human activities, such as emissions from traffic, businesses and factories, is likely driving that trend. The link between rainfall and the day of the week is evident in data from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, known as TRMM. 'It ...

  • Earth`s lakes are warming - NASA research of 167 large lakes worldwide

    In the first comprehensive global survey of temperature trends in major lakes, NASA researchers determined Earth's largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in response to climate change. Researchers Philipp Schneider and Simon Hook of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, USA, used satellite data to measure the surface temperatures of 167 large lakes worldwide. They reported ...


  • Space tech helps to find natural resources

    Using space-based technology developed during ESA’s gravity mission studies, a novel gradiometer is being developed by a UK-based company to help oil and gas companies find the most appropriate locations to drill wells and plan further exploration. The gravity gradiometer measures the variations in the Earth’s gravity, or in technical terms, the ‘differential acceleration’. These variations ...


    By European Space Agency (ESA)

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