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…

Earth Observation Opportunities in Africa

Earth Observation Opportunities in Africa

Being the cradle of humankind, it should come as no surprise that some of our greatest scientific breakthroughs and developments in mathematics, medicine, architecture and astronomy can all be traced back to Africa. The oldest record of technological development we have (which even pre-dates the existence of humans by 700,000 years) is represented by the 3.3 million year old stone tools unearthed close to Lake Turkana in Kenya. Fast-forward 3.27 million years and mathematics textbooks…

THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Monitoring greenhouse gases from space

THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Monitoring greenhouse gases from space

We are living through an unprecedented climate and environmental emergency, a fact which has become the defining feature of our time. Political momentum for addressing the human impact on the Earth’s climate and environment has never been higher. Globally, all eyes are on the Paris Agreement and its implementation – particularly now that the United States has re-joined the treaty, and the EU has launched a far-reaching set of policies and actions in the form…

Key EO developments expected to define 2021 (Part 2)

Key EO developments expected to define 2021 (Part 2)

Last week we had a first look at key 2020 trends expected to impact the Earth Observation (EO) sector in 2021 and, in all likelihood, for years to come. We therefore zoomed in on some of the main ecosystem developments, discussed how public and private investment appear to be increasing, and underlined the importance of EO in supporting key policy initiatives such as the Green Deal and the New Industrial Strategy for Europe. Further, we…

Key EO developments expected to define 2021 (part I)

Key EO developments expected to define 2021 (part I)

“Remoteness” is probably the best way to describe 2020 which, as we move forward, most of us might direly hope will become a distant memory. Despite such wishes, the year’s events – dominated by the COVID-19 outbreak which affected even the most remote areas on Earth – are highly likely to haunt our individual and collective consciousness for quite a while. This is because both the bigger picture of 2020 and its finer details, serve…

Show me the money! – Financial opportunities for emerging Earth Observation-based businesses

Show me the money! – Financial opportunities for emerging Earth Observation-based businesses

Indisputably, Earth Observation (EO) generates great economic value! Yet, for many EO-based solutions, the path from lab to the market is anything but guaranteed. As expected, securing cashflow during the early days (for operational costs, infrastructure set up, solution development, etc.), when risks are high and revenues mere projections, is vital. Consequently, this article explores funding opportunities relevant to service providers developing EO based solutions for commercial purposes, such as, for instance, many of the…

Would your research benefit from taking a good look at our planet? Explore Earth Observation funding opportunities with OCRE

Would your research benefit from taking a good look at our planet? Explore Earth Observation funding opportunities with OCRE

Is the OCRE Earth Observation Services Funding for Research Call the boost your research needs? Dedicated to the European research community, OCRE seeks to provide researchers with an easy access to Earth Observation, commercial cloud and digital services – once user requirements are identified (following the aggregation of demand from the research market in Europe), OCRE will manage the adoption funds and procure the required services from selected suppliers (OCRE will act as customer) on…

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…

The opportunity and challenge of building a Planetary Digital Twin

The opportunity and challenge of building a Planetary Digital Twin

Prototyping and modelling are very much the norm among innovators and advanced manufacturers, as they offer extensive testing and refinement opportunities, vital when fiddling with novel, high impact technologies. But what if modelling could help humanity better understand Earth’s complex ecosystem and the different components at play? Introducing “Digital Earth”: concept, next steps, and opportunities. More than twenty years ago, U.S. Vice-President Al Gore articulated a vision of “Digital Earth” as a multi-resolution, three-dimensional representation…

Swift as the wind: current and upcoming trends in the wind energy sector

Swift as the wind: current and upcoming trends in the wind energy sector

Increasingly frequent, there is news about renewable energy (RE) overtaking traditional energy sources. In the first half of 2020, and for the first time ever this ground-breaking milestone has been achieved: more electricity in Europe was generated from renewable sources than from fossil fuels. But does this signal a “wind of change”? To assess this, we look into the future development of the field, with particular attention to the wind energy sector, and the upcoming…

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…

Navigating the landscape of EO platforms

Navigating the landscape of EO platforms

The first images of Earth from space were taken in 1946 from aboard a V-2 rocket sent to space by the United States. They had no market as such, but less than two decades later the first weather satellites sent their images back to Earth. Ever since, the amount of satellites, of the data they capture, and the applications and business models they serve has vastly increased. To be able to make use of this…

European Green Deal in need of monitoring solutions

European Green Deal in need of monitoring solutions

In December 2019, the European Commission (EC) presented the European Green Deal as the strategy and roadmap that will guide Europe towards becoming climate-neutral by 2050. The European Green Deal is made up of policies and initiatives, e.g. regarding clean energy, biodiversity, sustainable food systems, and pollution. It aims to tackle climate-environmental challenges, but also to transform the European economy and society towards sustainability and inclusiveness, protecting its natural assets as well as health and…

Health check from above

Health check from above

Human health is precious, foremost for the individuals themselves, but also for society as a whole. In good health, citizens can perform better and keep healthcare costs lower. Various factors influence our health, including the air we breathe, the food we eat and the way we lead our lives. Our overall wellbeing is also influenced by socioeconomic factors such as social environment, wealth, or education. In this context, many policies have our health at their…