UNDERSTANDING THE LAND/ WITH REMOTE SENSING
Satellites provide remote sensing capability that allow us to understand, monitor and predict events on the land as well as the oceans. From spotting oil spills and predicting crop yields to monitoring the impact of climate change and pollution.
Images from ESAs SENTINEL-2
The images inset are examples of pictures from the ESA’s SENTINEL-2 mission. These don’t just proivde beautiful images, but also allow us to study and understand the earth. In clockwise order, the images are:
- Oil spill at Mauritius
- Flinders Ranges, Australia
- Great Salt Lake, Utah
- Falkland Islands (from SENTINEL-1)
Satellites are able to provide far more than just pictures – providing radar data, emission monitoring, atmospheric and temperature data.
SEEING CHANGE / BEFORE AND AFTER
Understanding how our planet and how it’s changing, helps us to protect ourselves and prevent future disaster.
Sometimes these changes don’t just occur over decades but can happen in a few minutes – from typhoons, hurricanes, and explosions.
These before and after images are from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, showing the river Ango burst and flooded the region.
AGRICULTURE/ SATELLITE IMAGERY
Agriculture is critical to humanity.
Farming doesn’t just provide the food we depend on it also employs nearly a third of the global workforce.
When crops fail the impact can be devastating for entire regions.
Pollution, climate change, errorsion and loss of soils is impacting farming. With one study showing that over 33% of arable land has been lost in the past generation.
Crop selection, prediction of yields, and effective use of fertilizers and pesticides can be critical for farmers, governments, and the environment.
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