Earth Day 2020- Making Earth a Greener Planet with Geospatial applications

Technologies like Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing are taking care of Earth in every situation, even during lockdowns across the globe. Read More:

Earth Day 2020- Making Earth a Greener Planet with Geospatial applications
Geospatial and Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020- Making Earth a Greener Planet with Geospatial applications

This year, Earth day on 22 April is different from other years. There may be no environmental protection events and activities due to worldwide pandemic, but it is another way to save the planet. Technologies like Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing are taking care of Earth in every situation, even during lockdowns across the globe.

Using satellite images, LiDAR data, Drone technology, Location data, and many such applications, we have managed to overcome various obstacles in our growth. Earth observation is an important segment for monitoring water quality, vegetation biomass, wildfires, sea surface temperature, ocean salinity, and many phenomena.

Advantages of using Remote Sensing in Earth Science 

Earth is a living planet with millions of species and phenomena. Measuring and monitoring land use-land cover changes using spatial data provide better estimates. The high-resolution images improve knowledge and net changes over a vast area that is not possible manually. 

Various GIS software makes interpretation and analysis of complex satellite imagery easier and handy. Government agencies take advantage of this data to implement various policies and rules. The latest example is of the COVID-19 pandemic. Location data is helping volunteers and healthcare practitioners to provide necessary services. Technologies like drones and autonomous vehicles are making services approachable. 

Also Read: List of Maps that are helping to track the path of Coronavirus Outbreak 

Integration of geospatial technology with other technologies like BIM and AI is helping in sustainable development, to make sure there is less harm to the environment.

The more we think about saving the environment, the more we discover the importance of spatial data. Vast agricultural lands or forest areas, the spatial analysis makes it manageable at lesser cost and time. 

Satellite image showing recent Krakatau volcanic eruption ( www.volcanodiscovery.com)

Bird's eye view for all

Every country is concerned about its environment. We may be divided by boundaries, but no one has the objective of harming the atmosphere. Recent NASA images show how the ozone layer is recovering. Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) and Ozone Monitoring Instrument are being used to monitor ozone from space. 

 Source: NASA

India, China, Europe, USA, Japan, and many countries are interested in space science and timely launch satellites for multiple purposes. 

Many countries and organizations share their data for research and development. It will be very tough for a single country if they try to monitor the entire Earth on their own. The collaboration of various agencies and data from various resources offers various angles of the Earth's surface. 

Also Read: Here's how drones are being used to fight COVID-19

The relation between your Location and Coronavirus pandemic

Large Maps, long surveys, and errors are the things of the past. Advanced software and technologies like Artificial Intelligence assist in interpreting land cover changes, change in glacial patterns, air pollution, flood risk zones, and more. 

Drop-in Air pollution over the North-East US (Source: NASA)

If you want to map the entire Earth, go for satellite images. For running autonomous vehicles, go for LiDAR. The drone is the best option to move around agricultural land or the city. Want to measure the depth of the ocean? SONAR is there for you.

Geospatial data is like a CCTV that will inform you about every minute changes on the Earth. Let's make this Earth Day a Smart Earth Day by understanding how technology is saving our environment and mother planet.