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Earth Observation: Past, Present and Future

Mike Tuohy, Massey University

RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2014 AGM

7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 November, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

 There are thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth, some are now mere space debris, while others are used for communication, science or for more covert purposes. This presentation will provide a glimpse into the many satellites orbiting above us, with a focus on the satellites that are equipped with sensors looking down on the Earth as they orbit. These Earth observation satellites help us to monitor our environment, capturing images and providing data on the Earth’s land, oceans, coasts, and climate.

Mike Tuohy is a Senior Lecturer in Earth Science in Massey University’s Institute of Agriculture and Environment. Mike’s research expertise lies in the field of remote sensing – observing the Earth by means of the many sensors orbiting the planet on satellites. Mike is also a map enthusiast with expertise in Geographic Information Systems and image processing.

 All warmly welcome

The Internet and its implications for your privacy and security

Dr Giovanni Moretti, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2013 AGM

7.30 pm Tuesday, 19 November, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

It’s easy to think of our connection to the Internet as “one way”, simply a means of accessing online services; however our online activity can provide a particularly detailed view into our lives. Imagine that your computer screen is actually a one-way window through to a room which is permanently staffed: they see every email, every Google search, every holiday plan, every online transaction, Skype conversation … store and share this data, and this goes on for years.

Beyond a vague unease about hackers and viruses, most computer users don’t give online security much thought; besides they think “there’s nothing on my computer I care about”. However, even if this is the case, there are unexpected and significant risks to your privacy and security.

This talk will introduce you to how data are moved around the Internet, why the information you freely provide online is valuable and how it’s being used, how your online communication can be intercepted by both official and unofficial means, and what you can do to help protect your data and keep your online activities private.

Giovanni Moretti is in the Computer Science Section of the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University.

All warmly welcome