Thursday, August 4, 2011

Textscape from space, famine on the ground

Images from space can now identify and help authorities respond to famine conditions on the ground. ..."None of the many uses of Earth observing satellites is more vital — or has as much potential for prompting timely humanitarian intervention — as famine early warning," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "Remote sensing from space allows USGS scientists to provide rapid, accurate assessments of a broad range of environmental and agricultural conditions." From Brian Thomas' blog, Carbon Based Climate Change Adaptation.