Science, Tech & Environment

Satellites and the environment

Human eyes aren't often available to keep watch over forests and wildlife preserves, that's when digital satellites can help out. This EU official uses satellite imagery to track what's happening in wilderness areas all over the world. He says satellite info can be put to use in Kenyan national parks, and can tell when things are missing. This Kenyan official says it can help interpret the path of a fire and could help limit the spread of a disaster. That would help in areas of the world where resources are tight and politics unstable. Making the data easily comprehensible is what the EU is trying to do, especially for affected areas in Africa. Researchers say the next step is to make satellite imagery available as text messages and more accessible to computers or even phone systems in parts of Africa.

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