Climate change and population growth pose immense challenges to the habitation and well-being of planet Earth. The safeguarding of its precious environment and the response to disasters when they occur, both natural and man-made, are now high priorities. Innovations in technology are amongst the most effective solutions, and the speed and convenience of satellite disaster monitoring has had a major impact on the effectiveness of disaster response. The use of satellite disaster early warning systems improves risk reduction, emergency planning and preparedness, disaster response and management, and subsequent restoration efforts.
The use of disaster management satellite intelligence can benefit governments, local authorities, emergency services and environmental agencies. Earth-i’s high spatial and temporal resolution satellite imagery applications, from forest fire detection to satellite flood monitoring, offer an effective response when disaster strikes.
Earth-i provides very high resolution satellite data and processing services to organisations and agencies managing disaster response in natural and urban environments; identifying, preparing and planning for potential threats and emergencies; and responding rapidly to events as they occur.
- Environmental monitoring and vegetation health
- Mapping and risk assessment for preparedness
- Intelligence for disaster response and resource deployment
- Impact and damage assessment
- Insurance claim validation
Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world and is critical to the economic output of many countries. Using satellite technology, along with mobile apps, the consortium of Earth-i and WeatherSafe work to improve coffee crop yield and quality and to improve the supply chain in developing countries.
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Since the year 2000 there has been on average, nearly 400 natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, landslides and droughts that have killed people and destroyed property. When a disaster strikes, satellite imagery is often the only way to view what has happened on the ground and can provide an instant base map for planning how best to use the first responders and the longer-term reconstruction.
Since prevention is better than cure, many emergency planners use satellite data to identify ‘hot spots’. Forest fire detection starts with understanding temperature, humidity and rainfall which can to alert authorities to the risk of fire breaking out. If a fire does break out, Earth observation imagery can track its progress and predict its path. This is vital if threatened communities are going to be evacuated in time to minimise the risk to the loss of life.
Multi-spectral satellite imagery can track the change in the environment over a wide area by showing vegetation and urban gains or losses, over time. If a satellite network can revisit the same area regularly, then a picture of those changes can be easily highlighted. This information will be key to planning how to mitigate environmental degradation and will be the reference for planning in the future.