Sabtu, 28 Februari 2009

Geospatial Imaging for Sustainable Planet Earth

Geospatial Imaging for Sustainable Planet Earth
Jill Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer
DigitalGlobe, USA

- Plenary Session "Geospatial Technologies and Sustainable Development"
- February 10, 2009 - Map World Forum 2009 - HICC, Hyderabad, India

" Our only home is planet earth and the resources required for long-term life's sustainability of ourselves and our descendents is found upon this earth. As we become more educated about our physical world, and the human footprints that we instill on it each and every day, we must learn more about living within the natural limits of our planet, balance its resources between those that we consume for survival, and leave a legacy of sustainability for the betterment of the next generations to come. In an era of global economies and networks, actions of citizens, governments, and businesses connect every action with potential effects on our planet. The urban growth of a city affects water supply and gas emissions, the land use policies for agricultural affect crops and long-term environmental sustainability, and the continuing consumption of oil rips through our earth's surfaces as businesses satisfy power demands.

Satellite imagery provides a real world perspective on our historical and current habitation of earth. It is a critical ground-truth that observes our consumption and erosion of earth resources with startling clarity. Its capacity to reveal greater perspective on the land, its soil, its emission and canopy provides a wealth of insight not possible from our feet placed firmly on the earth surface. It is also the sustainable lens through which we can monitor our world for its long term betterment and survival. With high resolution, highly detailed world imagery more immediately available then ever before, satellite imagery can observe, identify, monitor, inform and educate our worldly actions. With today's near real-time satellite earth can enter into mindful management of natural resource to restore and renew our planet, our populations can make choices for urban emissions and erosion, and we can all collaborate together to preserve the world's assets. "

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