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We are happy to announce the official launch of the Media Watch on Climate Change, an award-winning Geospatial Web application. Google, NASA, ESRI and other technology leaders were sponsoring the 3D Visualization Grand Challenge and attended the awards ceremony held at the University of California at Berkeley on June 7th (www.isde5.org). The Web portal is available online at:

Aiming to increase awareness and the accessibility of environmental information, the Media Watch provides a continuously updated account of media coverage on climate change and related issues. The portal aggregates, filters and visualizes environmental Web content from about 150 Anglo-American news media sites. Automated content analysis extracts geospatial context to build a comprehensive, geotagged knowledge base. A visual interface provides interactive access to this knowledge base. It shows that geobrowsers are not only suited to explore geographic features, but can also be used to render other types of imagery such as three-dimensional Knowledge Planets.

Environmental communication and collaboration are crucial to conceiving and implementing change on both regional and society-wide scales. Within the next six months, the Media Watch will therefore be extended into an interactive collaboratory for the scientific community, commercial entities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - stakeholders often divided by differing worldviews, goals and agendas.

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