Saturated and detailed monitoring of the whole planet will be necessary to prevent deaths from natural disaster, pandemics, etc. We’re already seeing it improve after disasters such as the Nepal earthquake where drones were used to quickly map areas of devastation allowing the emergency services to plan and prioritise areas for rescue and rebuilding.
Hopefully in future our planet will be so extensively monitored we’ll even be able to be give accurate warnings about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunami, as well as helping to forecast long term weather which may allow us to better use farmland and food production, for example planting the appropriate crops for the expected weather in the area.
Swarm of Shoebox Satellites Will Predict Natural Disasters – The Daily Beast – 6-Nov-2017
Fleet of tiny satellites constantly monitoring our planet.
Planet Labs’ satellites carry compact cameras able to track environmental and human caused changes.
Cubesats don’t have propellent so their orbits decay quickly.
Have releases rapid imagery for 30 disasters thus far in 2017.
Supervolcano warning time much shorter than thought – The Weather Network – 14-Oct-2017
According to new findings presented at a geology conference recently the famously potent ‘supervolcano’ beneath Yellowstone National Park may roar back to life with even less warning than scientists previously thought.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), says there’s no evidence of an uptick in activity at Yellowstone.
Geologist Jacob Lowenstern told Time Magazine the odds of a super eruption within the next century are about one in 10,000.
Largest ever robot fleet will map the UK’s oceans – BBC News – 2-Oct-14
Powering Wireless Sensor Nodes with Ambient Temperature Changes – University of Washington – 13-Sep-14
Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-sized radios- Stanford University – 9-Sep-14
Earth Monitoring DataBase Launched – earthmonitoringdatabase – 15-Jan-13