Benefits of Earth Observation

Earth observation has used remote-sensing data from satellites to map the Earth’s surface and features globally. The data is used in a variety of environmental contexts, including weather forecasting, climate modelling, water management, habitat assessment, and disaster risk management. A major advantage of remote-sensing is the ability to collect data in regions or at scales which cannot be adequately sampled on the ground; for example, measuring the extent of deforestation on a regional scale. It can also be used to track environmental change over time, such as monitoring the annual variation in Arctic sea ice extent.

This POSTnote will discuss the current uses and applications of Earth observation data and the implications of proposed reductions in funding for earth focussed science programmes. It will also suggest the possible future applications of Earth observation technology.

For further information on this project, or to contribute, please email Amy Creese.