Opportunities for Earth Observation-based service providers in Reef and Rigs-to-Reefs monitoring

Opportunities for Earth Observation-based service providers in Reef and Rigs-to-Reefs monitoring

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, between 2014 and 2017 more than 75% of the world’s tropical coral reefs experienced heat-stress severe enough to trigger bleaching, with 30% of them suffering mortality level conditions. As ocean temperatures increase (0.4–0.5 °C since the late 19th century), bleaching began to occur well beyond the cyclical El Niño events generally known for raising global temperatures. Although reefs can recover after brief bleaching events, scientists fear that…

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…

Monitoring the status, function, and disruption of ecosystems

Monitoring the status, function, and disruption of ecosystems

Ecosystems are open, dynamic, and highly complex systems of coexisting organisms and their natural environment. Keeping these systems stable and in balance can be desirable if it affects biodiversity, the food chain, other resources and functions critical for humans, and the liveability on Earth in general. Manmade and natural disasters, the climate, and the use of land, the oceans, and even airspace can disturb this balance. To keep things under control, it is necessary to…