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two real-time info services/resources: new environmental info service debuts (GEONETCast); EarthNow! image viewer goes live Wednesday, 29 November 2006 6:44 pm

Posted by Dongmei in earth sciences, environmental science, Uncategorized.
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* From the NOAA Website:

The Group on Earth Observations introduced a vital new capability called GEONETCast. “Once fully operational, this service will put a vast range of essential environmental data at the fingertips of decision-makers and many others around the globe who might not otherwise have timely access to this information. With a 24/7 data stream, GEONETCast will provide the critical information required to protect lives and more effectively manage a world of resources,” said José Achache, director of the GEO Secretariat … Through GEONETCast, data about disease, agriculture, biodiversity, natural disasters, air and water quality, ocean conditions, ecosystems and much more will be broadcast in free or low-cost, near real-time, user-friendly formats.

* From the USGS Newsroom:

The EarthNow! image viewer went live on Nov. 2, at the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS). EarthNow! displays data received from the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites as they pass over the United States. When a Landsat satellite passes within range of the ground station at the USGS EROS center, image data are downlinked and displayed in near-real time.

(thanks Gary Price for pointing out these two important real-time info service/resources).

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Wiki-based Earth Sciences Encyclopedia Friday, 6 October 2006 3:20 pm

Posted by Dongmei in earth sciences, environmental science, Internet Resources, wikis.
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Encyclopedia of Earth
(about this encyclopedia)

“Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Earth, a new electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.
The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other’s work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.”

Interestingly, unlike other, well-known wikis, such as Wikipedia, access is restricted to approved experts and all content is reviewed and approved by Topic Editors prior to being published from the wiki to this public site.

(Thanks Gerry McKiernan for sharing this on STS-L)