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“The Blue Marble is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft at a distance of about 45,000 kilometers. The Blue Marble also has been applied by NASA to a series of satellite-derived datasets covering the entire globe at relatively high resolution.”  

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Blue Marble Research is the creator of NASA’s Blue Marble datasets by collaborating with NASA’s Earth Observatory team.
Blue Marble Research performs earth science research and builds public outreach visualizations at a high timeliness and quality.
Blue Marble Research supports a sustainable planet by increasing our scientific understanding and through open distribution of knowledge.

Solar Potential of Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, and the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo have created together with Meteotest a stunningly interactive and publicly accessible solar potential estimator for whole Switzerland. www.sonnendach.ch Compared to traditional so-called GIS-type “solar cadasters” this one is really usable. By usable I mean: …

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The Darkest Spot in Switzerland

By analysis of our MeteoSwiss high quality satellite-based solar irradiance maps created by the Heliomont algorithm I’ve found that the sunniest place in Switzerland is close to the Monte Rosa hut of the Swiss Alpine Club SAC. During the calculation of the Solar Atlas of Switzerland (to be published as “The Solar Cadaster of Switzerland” on the Geoportal of …

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Flowering in the Greenhouse

During the last few decades flowering and leafing of temperate and boreal vegetation has advanced by several days in response to warming. The climate sensitivity, as inferred from long-term observations, is estimated to be 2.5-5.0 days per degree C warming. Wolkovich et al. now show in their letter to Nature, that this response cannot be …

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Digital Object Identifiers

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI’s) are often used to uniquely identify and reference digital content of written documents such as scientific publications or books. This is helpful to track a content over a long time period, where the actual location of the content may change, but any reference to it will have to stay the same. …

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