Earth Monitoring

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.

Resources

Resource Watch - https://resourcewatch.org/
A dynamic platform that leverages technology, data, and human networks to bring unprecedented transparency about the planet right now.

Recent News

Robots ahoy! Mapping Earth's surface

BBC - 13-Sep-2018

Less than 15% of the ocean floor depth has been measured properly.

Running out of water as dams shrink

Guardian - 11-Apr-2018

Early warning satellite system reveals countries with shrinking reservoirs.

Swarm of Shoebox Satellites Will Predict Natural Disasters

The Daily Beast - 06-Nov-2017

Fleet of tiny satellites constantly monitoring our planet.