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…

A far-reaching pandemic – COVID-19’s impact on sectors where EO services could make a difference

A far-reaching pandemic – COVID-19’s impact on sectors where EO services could make a difference

High impact decision making, especially during unprecedented situations, requires reliable information and feedback loops. As experienced by each of us individually during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, adaptation and reaction are heavily reliant on the timely acquisition of dependable insight (in this particular case, symptoms, patterns of contagion, treatment, income certainty and social support, travel restrictions, etc). With humanity at a standstill due to widespread lockdowns, Earth Observation carried on enabling the designated…

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…