Satellite Technology Serves a Vital Role in Preserving Planetary Health

At Sidus Space, we have a mission to leave Earth better than we found it. With ecosystems continuously changing and climate change a priority, space-based, real-time data gathered from satellites serve as a valuable asset in monitoring Earth and protecting it from the impacts of climate change. 

Satellite data has a vast array of potential uses, including protecting ecosystems that include forests, tundra’s, deserts, wetlands, and coastlines. By mapping and tracking changes in ice levels, permafrost, soil levels, and forest harvesting, predictive analytics enables us with the knowledge to utilize land more responsibly without compromising the environment. 

As temperatures continue to rise across the planet, extreme weather events have become more frequent and more intense. The increasing severity of natural disasters like droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes are a threat to our infrastructure and natural landscapes. With advanced technology in sensing imagery and data collection, satellites can measure the severity of disasters such as hurricanes and pinpoint vulnerable areas. The National Hurricane Center uses satellites to track current hurricanes and see the path of past disasters. These storms are too large to view from the ground, but satellite imagery gives us a better understanding of the catastrophes and how we can work to prevent them from spreading. 

Climate change can be partially attributed to the thinning ozone layer. Human activity and greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have contributed significantly to the hole in the ozone layer. Antarctica experiences the worst of the effects due to high wind speeds causing a fast-rotating vortex of cold air, leading to extremely low temperatures. As a proud sponsor of Skydive Antarctica 2023, we are focused on contributing to monitoring the vulnerable Antarctic landscape and having a positive impact on an area that plays a critical part in regulating the earth’s climate. Fortunately, the ozone layer has begun to slowly repair itself, and the recovery has been closely monitored by satellites from the European Space Agency, which can track the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and record changes in the ozone layer to help scientists predict its future behavior.

Satellites are also used to monitor air quality and pollution levels on Earth. NASA has a fleet of Earth-observing satellites whose instruments observe air pollutants around the world. The data collected is used by scientists and researchers studying the impact of air pollution on human health and agriculture. From an agricultural perspective, satellites are responsible for monitoring soil levels, which in turn improves crop health, allowing industry professionals to farm more profitably and sustainably. 

Satellite technology offers the prospect of solving real-world problems on Earth from space,  improving our lives, and preserving our environment. Satellites play a big role in improving the health of our planet, and as we close out Earth Month, we are proud to be a resource for addressing climate change and improving our quality of life here on Earth. 

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