Climate change, greenhouse gases, vegetation removal, environmental degradation, resource exploitation — these issues are popping up in the media worldwide. Everyone is affected, regardless of background, religion or nationality. Fortunately, the science of remote sensing and photogrammetry are at the forefront of better understanding issues such as this.
Environmental concerns of a regional or global scale require technology capable of handling large and complex tasks. Space-based sensors are perfectly designed to allow agencies and governments to look beyond the man made boundaries of state or territorial borders and to take an ecosystems approach to monitoring and measuring change. Moreover, with what I call “temporal remote sensing,” we can take better advantage of more than 25 years of satellite imagery in archive for most, if not all parts of the globe. Previously, the time difference in capturing large areas of land was seen as a disadvantage in trying to capture an environmental state at a given point in time. However, the relevance of temporal data is influenced by time.
Environmental issues, temporal data and change detection are key issues that are being addressed by many governments, both individually and in a regional cooperative fashion. In maximizing the benefits of temporal data, BAE Systems’ SOCET GXP® and SOCET SET® software are perfectly suited. SOCET GXP is an ideal tool for highlighting changes between images captured over time, while SOCET SET provides robust functionality for mosaicking vast areas of imagery, and to build surfaces for climate models and potential flood damage assessment.
This is an exciting time for remote sensing and photogrammetry as the science is having a rebirth in the pursuit of environmental protection, an issue of great importance not only in the Asia-Pacific region, but worldwide.
Director Sales, Asia-Pacific
BAE Systems GXP