UNDERSTANDING. PROTECTING. MONITORING
USING SATELLITES TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
LAND/ SATELLITE IMAGERY
Over one million species of plant and animal are currently under threat of extinction, this is expected to accelerate over the coming decades. This is due to a combination of pollution, overhunting, climate change, and habitat destruction (logging, etc).
The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20%, mostly since 1900
The problem is now so severe this referred to as “the sixth mass extinction event”
Satellites provide the ability to understand the land – from mapping terrain of continents to detecting changes in elevation by a few millimeters.
Satellites (including radar, optical and climate monitoring) provide a wide range of tools to detect and prevent these issues, including:
OCEANS/ SATELLITE IMAGERY
97% of the earth’s water is stored in the ocean and over 70% of our oxygen comes from the oceans.
The oceans are also an economic engine driving trillions of dollars from tourism and food to logistics and energy.
Unfortunately, the oceans are suffering from pollution, rising temperatures, and dumping of waste plastic.
Satellites provide insights into oceans which can help protect them this include:
- Monitoring temperatures, currents and wave heights
- Monitoring corals
- Spotting and tracking spills
- Tracking plastic
- Detecting algae blooms
FOREST/ SATELLITE IMAGERY
The world’s rainforests are critical to our daily lives.
Over 60% of anti-cancer drugs are sourced via plants from rainforests. Tropical forest plans also used to treat diseases as diverse as malaria, bronchitis, diabetes, and arthritis.
While rainforests may appear small on a global scale (only 3% of the earth’s surface) they are home to over 50% of the world’s terrestrial species.
Tropical forests are also a crucial carbon store – containing around 25% of the world’s carbon.
Satellites have the ability to monitor forests around the world – spotting fires, illegal logging, and monitoring pollution.
Monitoring the Environment
Understand Your Impact
Products, services, and suppliers all have an impact on our environment. The scale and complexity of logistics means that it is hard to understand if all aspects of your supply chain are behaving ethically
Is your meat supplier using sustainable land? Is your outsourced factory taking short cuts and illegally polluting?
Satellite data can help answer these questions
The global scale of commerce means that global monitoring is key. Satellites provide the ability to monitor constantly: 24 hours a day, in all weathers – monitoring the sea, land, and atmosphere.
Satellites can detect minute changes in air pollution, shifts in water levels, and monitor the land for risks from flood, fire, or illegal activities.
The global scale of logistics means that validating supplies can be challenging.
How do you validate a supplier? Traditional processes for validating compliance with ESG will be limited in scope and time frame.
Satellites can provide constant monitoring of suppliers, monitoring land and factories for illegal activities