An Eruption through Several Spectrums

Few Earth observation satellites were on orbit when I conducted research for my master’s thesis in geology in the mid-1990s, when remote sensing as a discipline was just taking off. It was novel to have satellite imagery of a volcanic eruption to analyze. It was even rarer to have multiple…

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Geodata at the speed of global change

Often, I get sucked into helping my middle schooler with her homework. And I’ll admit that eighth grade math is even a struggle for me sometimes. But the one thing that really baffles me is that regardless of subject, there is no textbook to reference…

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GBDX for Sustainability Challenge: Creating insights for one of the most threatened regions of Brazil–the Cerrado

The effects of climate change are increasingly visible around us: hurricanes and forest fires are more frequent and floods ravage villages. Better management of land is needed to keep these effects to a minimum and holding global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius this century. Forests play a key role in balancing carbon…

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GBDX for Sustainability Challenge: Making solar count—automatically identifying renewable energy infrastructure

The power sector is the single largest contributor to global carbon dioxide emissions, contributing over 40%. Meanwhile, one in five people around the world still lacks access to modern electricity. So, when it comes to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all (UN Sustainable Development Goal 7)…

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