Video: Can satellite earth observation help to save the planet?
The 2019 Green Alliance Annual Debate discusses the ways in which earth observation and data science can improve our understanding of and ability to address environmental issues - for example, monitoring deforestation or water levels in reservoirs in real time through satellite images.
- Will Marshall, co-founder of Planet, which uses satellite data to track environmental issues.
- Sam Adlen, chief strategy officer at Satellite Applications Catapult.
- Corli Pretorius, deputy director at UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
- Dr Emily Shuckburgh of the British Antarctic Survey.
- Professor Ian Boyd, chief scientific adviser to the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
View the debate here and read a summary here and a relevant blog post here. See also the Foodsource chapter Food systems and contributions to other environmental problems.
While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.