Wildfires going extreme – Earth Observation to the rescue!

Wildfires going extreme – Earth Observation to the rescue!

Although fires are a common component of healthy ecosystems, extreme wildfires, on the other hand, pose a serious threat to critical infrastructure and human lives. Among their many consequences, wildfires lead to environmental degradation and air quality deterioration, loss of property, crops, and other vital resources. The losses incurred during the 2019-2020 wildfires prove that there is still a lot to be done to protect ecosystems and, ultimately, ourselves against this increasing threat. In their…

EO achievements for disaster resilience bring new business opportunities

EO achievements for disaster resilience bring new business opportunities

Improving disaster resilience is a key global challenge that unites different stakeholders across the planet. Between 1998 and 2017, around 4.5 billion people have been affected by disasters, with catastrophes such as the Australian bushfires of 2019-2020 killing 1.25 billion animals and affecting biodiversity to an unprecedented extent. Furthermore, in 2018 alone a sample of 63 countries have reported $17.5 billion in direct economic loss, with agricultural losses reaching $13 billion. Specialists estimate that real…