US promises comprehensive database of satellite images

Last week the United States Department of the Interior announced in a press release that the US is launching a new global initiative aimed at developing the first-ever comprehensive and up-to-date database of 30-meter satellite imagery. It will show changes in land cover and land uses worldwide, announced Deputy Secretary of the Interior, David J. Hayes.

The announcement of the Global Land-Cover Data Initiative follows the announcement of SilvaCarbon, a separate US initiative designed to strengthen global capacity to understand, monitor, and manage forest and terrestrial carbon.

Hayes said, “The Global Land-Cover Data Initiative aims to provide land-managers, decision-makers and communities around the globe with critical information about changes to land use and land cover. This type of sharing of data and technology can help us make wise decision about how best to build a sustainable future, protect our environment and tackle challenges like pollution and climate change.”

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Source:
DOI, http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/United-States-Launches-New-Global-Initiative-to-Track-Changes-in-Land-Cover-and-Use-Data-Sharing-Will-Assist-Land-Managers-Worldwide.cfm

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern

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