Satellites can save lives from natural disasters but developing countries risk missing the opportunity through poor political support.
Our Spotlight looks at satellite remote sensing data that can provide crucial information for managing natural disasters. Our Spotlight asks how can developing countries can access and make use of these data? And what must policymakers do to prepare?
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Sian Lewis explains how remote sensing can be used to manage natural disasters and highlights ongoing efforts and obstacles.
Combining satellite data with mobile phones offers cheap and effective tools for managing fires, says South African scientist Philip Frost.
Disaster management needs constellations of satellites with multispectral sensors, says Indian space researcher, Ranganath Navalgund.
Kenyan MP and remote sensing expert, Wilbur Ottichilo, argues the time is ripe for using satellites to spot developing African droughts.
Volcano expert Geoff Wadge explains how the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters helped manage a volcanic eruption in Montserrat.
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Source: Reuters India
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