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USING DIGITALGLOBE'S GLOBAL BASEMAP TO ANSWER BIG QUESTIONS - PART 2 OF 2

Access to the DigitalGlobe Basemap has created vast new possibilities for research and education at the University of Minnesota. More than 125 students, faculty and staff have requested access to the DigitalGlobe Basemap since the program kicked off. Users of DigitalGlobe Basemap represent a range of colleges and departments within the university, with the largest number coming from the earth sciences, anthropology and geography departments. Several graduate students have relied on the imagery for their dissertations, on topics ranging from threatened bird habitat to land-use changes in watershed areas to archeological site identification and field mapping in the Cordillera mountain range. Several courses are also incorporating the data to teach students how to use remotely sensed imagery.


LAKES EXPANDING 'DANGEROUSLY' IN EVEREST GLACIER

Lakes that have been forming near Mount Everest could threaten settlements downstream if they overflow. Ponds on the surface of the Khumbu glacier in the Himalayas have expanded and joined together to form larger bodies of water. Climbers need to cross the glacier, including the treacherous Khumbu Icefall, to climb the mighty peak. The accelerated meltdown of glaciers in the region is causing concern against a backdrop of rising global temperatures. Scientists say the warning is the first of its kind for Khumbu, although other glaciers in the Himalayas have seen an increase in the number of lakes formed. Such newly formed glacial lakes can overflow causing flooding, and with it loss of life and damage downstream.


HOW DIGITALGLOBE FOUNDATION ENABLES UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO TO EXPLORE THE WORLD AT SCALE

Last fall, the DigitalGlobe Foundation launched a pilot program that expanded its mission to foster the next generation of geospatial leaders. The pilot program offered access to DigitalGlobe’s Global Basemap (GBM) to two innovative universities: UC San Diego and the University of Minnesota. In this two-part blog series, we look at what GBM has enabled these universities to achieve and where they plan to go from here.


RAIDING SYRIA'S ANCIENT RUIN

Looting of archaeological sites in Syria is more widespread than previously thought and not just the work of Islamic State. Notable groups are responsible for just a quarter of all looting's, with raids taking place in territory held by the Syrian government and other groups, new research has shown. The study, by archaeologists from Dartmouth College, found that looting of Syrian archaeological sites had increased since the start of the civil war in 2012.


AMAZON GOLD RUSH: GOLD MINING IN SURINAME

Suriname's vast and ancient rainforests remain one of the world's best-kept natural secrets, but the global demand for an age-old mineral threatens to destroy them. Record high gold prices over the past decade have triggered a massive gold rush across the country and the Amazon at large, resulting in the destruction of thousands of hectares of rainforests and the contamination of major rivers with highly toxic materials.


MAPPING SWAZILAND TO HELP ELIMINATE MALARIA

Tomnod and the DigitalGlobe Foundation have teamed up with the University of California, San Francisco’s Malaria Elimination Initiative to provide a valuable population map of Swaziland. According to the World Health Organization, malaria is an entirely preventable and treatable mosquito-borne illness. In 2014, 97 countries and territories had ongoing malaria transmission. An estimated 3.3 billion people are at risk of malaria, of whom 1.2 billion are at high risk. In 2013 alone, there were an estimated 198 million cases of malaria worldwide and an estimated 584 000 deaths. 90% of all malaria deaths occur in Africa.


SATELLITE IMAGERY DONATION TO AID MANAGEMENT OF INVASIVE SPECIES IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

The Galapagos Islands have been famed for their unique palette of biodiversity. In recent decades, however, invasive species have begun crowding out some of the island chain’s most treasured native plants and animals. With thousands of square kilometers of relatively inaccessible wilderness at stake, scientists seeking to restore balance to these fragile ecosystems must find a way to map the extent of invasion.


UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GAINS CLOUD-BASED ACCESS TO GLOBAL HIGH-RESOLUTION SATELLITE IMAGERY

The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Commercial satellite imagery has become an invaluable tool for applications such as mapping, environmental research, agriculture, national defense, energy exploration, disaster response, and human rights monitoring and enforcement. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the University of Minnesota.


LINKING LANDSCAPE DIVERSITY WITH BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AT THE CABO BLANCO ABSOLUTE NATIONAL RESERVE

In June 2015, the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) offered a field-based graduate course in Costa Rica titled “Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach.” To supplement the field-based instruction and incorporate a GIS/remote sensing component, Dr. Eben Broadbent, assistant professor of geography at the University of Alabama and co-director of the Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab, requested a high-resolution satellite image of Cabo Blanco National Park on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Peninsula.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO GAINS ACCESS TO GLOBAL BASEMAP THROUGH A GRANT FROM THE DIGITALGLOBE FOUNDATION

Exploring Our World at Scale, University of California San Diego’s Big Pixel Initiative: The Big Pixel Initiative is developing geospatial capacity to address our world’s greatest challenges at scale. Founded in partnership at UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute (Qi) and International Relations Pacific Studies IR/PS, we have partnered with the DigitalGlobe Foundation to grow a living, learning laboratory related to everything spatial, to investigate and design best practices in geospatial data visualization, user experience interfaces, and design techniques for scientific discovery and decision-making.


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