Using satellite imagery to protect the environment and assist humanitarian aid

Tue, 02 Aug 2022 05:32:57 GMT
Space Daily

Paris, France (SPX) Aug 02, 2022 Every year, the Airbus Foundation delivers satellite imagery...

Every year, the Airbus Foundation delivers satellite imagery covering tens of thousands of square kilometres around the globe to support its partners involved in humanitarian aid and protecting the environment.

As the focal point for the Airbus Foundation's partners in anything related to satellite imagery, I help them understand how such imagery can support their actions - either in emergency situations or for longer-term risk or impact assessment.

I am convinced that satellite images will be more and more useful in finding the right answers to protect our environment and assisting those in need.

Has the requirement for satellite imagery changed over the years, and how has the Airbus Foundation adapted?

After several years of supporting NGOs with satellite imagery, it became increasingly clear that many humanitarian crises have environmental roots.

In support of the Airbus Foundation, the Airbus team currently provides satellite imagery to several humanitarian organisations including Action against Hunger, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Global Logistics Cluster and the Foreign Affairs' Crisis and Support Centre.

Satellite imagery is directly benefitting NGOs by easily visualising areas impacted by a natural disaster, for example, and organising their response while quickly assessing the local situation, verifying the road conditions and planning rescue activities accordingly.

With CCF, the intention is to protect endangered species and their habitats across protected areas, with this organisation's teams using satellite imagery to identify movement of wildlife and detect poaching threats.

This satellite imagery will also equip the park with up-to-date road maps for tactical deployment resource and help monitor the successful impact of rewilding efforts.

Numerous NGOs are developing their own geomatic skills, and we must keep on supporting them in this development, as it is key that they understand the value of satellite imagery and know how to extract knowledge and insights on specific disaster management cases.