What are satellites used for
This page exists to demonstrate the various Satellite uses, whether these be toward climate change, healthcare, or disaster relief. This page will also explore the potential future benefits from the development of new satellite technologies and innovation.
Wildlife Conservation and Satellite Technology - Overview
Remote sensing images at high-resolution enable ecologists and conservationists to accurately observe wildlife populations, to monitor illegal mining, to promptly identify activities surrounding deforestation, and to detect and analyse further alterations being made to the environment. Images provided by Earth observation satellites are collated frequently, on a global level and at an increasingly higher quality.
ESA satellite proves critical in the dark matter pursuit
Data from ESA’s Gaia satellite has formed the basis for a host of previously unidentified stars, offering fresh insight into dark matter and galactic cannibalism. Writing in Nature Astronomy, researchers from the UK, US and Australia cited data from the Gaia programme when making the case for a dark matter halo surrounding the Tucana II ultrafaint dwarf galaxy. Accompanied by data from the Australian National University SkyMapper telescope, the team identified nine stars at the edge of Tucana II, demonstrating the system to be markedly more expansive than previously thought. “In order to hold onto those stars and not have them be tidally stripped by the Milky Way, Tucana II needs to have a lot of mass,” said Dr Denis Erkal of the University of Surrey.
Using Satellites to Detect Elephants from Orbit
Researchers at the University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and Machine Learning Research Group, have combined satellite imagery with artificial intelligence capabilities, in order to detect and count African elephants (Loxodonta africana).
Amur Falcons: One of the Most Successful Conservation Stories to Date
Satellite-tracked Amur Falcons return successfully to the Tamenglong district in Manipur, leading to further protection and conservation efforts for migratory birds and endangered species alike. Migration and Poaching With the beginning of winter Amur Falcons (Falco Amurensis) flock in large numbers across northeast India, which acts as a stop-over ground in the bird’s annual migration path.