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To solve Africa's environmental challenges, look to the sky
01 September 2019
Seeing things from a distance can help us gain new perspectives. For more than four decades, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Landsat and, since 2014, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Sentinel satellites have captured images of Earth and helped humanity gain perspective on our planet and ourselves.
Not long ago, to see and use these images, you had to fax NASA and wire them the payment before a staff member would search for the image you requested and fax it back to you. Today, these images are digitally stored and publicly and freely available.
Source: The World Economic Forum
Image credit: NASA - Digital Earth Africa will use satellite imagery to tell a new story of how Africa's land has changed over the past 30 years.