Satellite images show the impact of coronavirus

Satellite images show the impact of coronavirus

Satellite images show the impact of coronavirus

While you were busy counting the number of coronavirus cases, did you try to find out about its appearance? The deadly virus is yellow in colour that can be seen emerging from cells when visualized under a scanning electron microscope.

Corona got its name because of the presence of spikes on its surface. This is how Covid-19 looks like in labs. But it looks different from space. No colour and no spikes, still a giant appearance on Earth.

Now, satellite images are clearly showing our intense response to novel coronavirus pandemic.

Satellites always show a different angle for everything

Satellites are there in space to provide us with the information that we cannot see from the ground. From calamities to navigation, they keep an eye on Earth and guide us with their unique perspective.

Remote sensing has sensed the changes on Earth due to the latest pandemic. The results are visible in satellite images from various sources like NASA and ESA.

Empty roads, low air pollution and unusual silence on the Earth can be seen on satellite imageries also.

The quick drop-in Nitrogen dioxide levels and deserted cities are what you will find in the latest satellite images.

Major Transportation hubs in Satellite images

Since social isolation and lockdown has restricted people from travelling, the popular transportation hubs are almost empty in the new images. The runways and popular markets are also extraordinarily deserted now. Be it Asia or Europe, the condition is the same everywhere.

A new set of images for change detection

This newest face of Planet Earth was unknown to satellites. Previously, researchers use spatial data for detecting changes before and after a disaster or any construction. It is the first time, the difference can be seen unintentionally.

For researchers, it is an opportunity to conduct various studies like environmental, economy or education changes in response to Covid-19.

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport before and after images from Maxar's WorldView satellite have also shown the effect of lockdown on transportation.

Some of the most crowded places are now desolate and images from space are revealing new structures in the form of hospitals and emergency services.

The coronavirus testing facility of Germany can be seen in the latest Maxar's images. Huoshenshan Hospital facility of Wuhan or soccer stadium of Sao Paolo converted into a hospital, you will now find medical services instead of crowded malls in images.

Maxar's WorldView-3 satellite has also witnessed a cemetery being prepared in Iran. The two long trenches of graves in Behesht-e-Masoumeh cemetery in Qom can be seen in Satellite images.

Facing The Truth

Satellite images always reveal the hidden truth of our planet. The latest images can be scary but they could be used for better purposes. Tracking the path of coronavirus spread or marking medical facilities in each city is not possible without spatial data.

 

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Maxar's WirldView-3 satellite Image showing the Behesht-e-Massoumeh cemetery, March 1, 2020 (Image Source: Maxar Technologies)

 

 

 

       
   


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Before and after images of  Kabba at the Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on February 14, 2020, and March 3, 2020. (Image source: Satellite image 2020 Maxar technologies)

 

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Huoshenshan Hospital, Wuhan, China on April 28, 2017, and February 22, 2020 respectively.

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Miami beach before and after desolation ( Image source: Planet Labs)