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In the 17th century, one in five ships would get lost between Portugal and India. Captains navigated their ships by “dead wrecking”, essentially listening to their gut. They weren’t able to identify longitude. In efforts to find a solution, sea captains, merchants, and scientists assembled in Great Britain and brought…


Integrating hazard, exposure and vulnerability into a risk analysis

Forest Fires in Indonesia in 2015 — (The Jakarta Post, link: https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2019/07/29/taking-lessons-from-2015-forest-fire-disaster.html)

In the last decades, a paradigm shift took place within the disaster risk research community. Scientists, as well as practitioners, realized that there is no such thing as a natural disaster. A hazardous event alone, like a flood or a drought…


Flood monitoring using radar remote sensing

Based on the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT), floods are the most frequent natural disasters. While there are many negative socio-economic impacts of floods such as; loss of properties and livelihoods, mass migration and hindering economic growth and development, and even loss of life. In…


Giving meaning back to carbon offsets through remote sensing

In the past few years, we have happily witnessed a slew of public offset-related announcements by CEOs of some of the biggest companies in the world. Terms like “climate neutral” and “carbon zero” indicating a transition to a zero-carbon economy. The…


Ensuring our food security from space

Most agriculture today is produced through monocultures — One crop per field, making it easier to harvest and avoid the nuisances of animals determined to eat or damage crops. Wide-open spaces, ripe for the picking and ideal for large scale management, heavy machines that…


Updated: Mar 31

How high-tech is training people and people are training high-tech

Figure 1: Photograph of detected site damage extent in Borneo, Indonesia.

A fire in the rainforest. Trees logged. Remnants burnt. Nothing happens. A field is prepared for agriculture. Wildlife flees. Still, nothing happens. What is going on? Doesn’t anyone care? People do care and they do want to…


Sentinel-1 satellite data unlocks possibilities to map deforestation at a high spatiotemporal resolution

In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York; a report from the Oxford-based Global Canopy Programme, a league of 29 scientific…


Recently, we embarked on an incredible journey of ‘Design Thinking’ with Australia-based design thinking guru, user researcher and anthropologist, Thomas Wright. …


Showing where beetles will kill trees if left unchecked

Figure 1: After a bark beetle infestation, the forest is cleared to prevent further spread

Bark beetles are insects about a centimetre long. They lay their eggs under the bark of trees and as the larvae hatch, they start eating. A single larva, or even a dozen, don’t do that much damage. However, when there are…


Recently Space4Good engaged in satellite-based monitoring activity on air pollutants, with the World Bank. The Big Data NO2 Observatory visualizes NO2 emissions for Indonesia and Vietnam and analyzes the effects of COVID-inflicted lockdowns in these countries. Coincidentally, upon stringent restrictions to human mobility, the NO2 emissions dropped around 25–30% in…

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