Jan 28, 2015

Satellite-based earth observation services to be used by Penn State researchers in ACT-America project, funded by NASA

Pennsylvania State University has been awarded $30 million by NASA to fund their investigation into understanding the source and activity of carbon and other related green house gases in order to predict and prepare for future climate change. The “Atmospheric Carbon and Transport-America” project will use satellite-based earth observation services alongside airborne and ground-based observation data in research that aims to measure atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and other gases and the atmospheric properties of weather systems across eastern US to help an understanding of climate change.

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ACT-America will use new systems of atmospheric inversion to estimate the surface-to-atmosphere net carbon fluxes by atmospheric concentration measurements and atmospheric transport models. These systems are the first and only systems that have enough accuracy and resolution needed to evaluate and improve the terrestrial cycle models, to monitor carbon fluxes and to support climate change mitigation efforts.

Penn State’s project is part of 5 NASA studies due to begin in 2015 investigating how global air pollution, climate forcing, warming ocean water and fires in Africa affect our climate. Satellite-based earth observation systems have been used in space technology and in the ACT-America project, the technology will be used in tracking the changes in the atmosphere that occur because of human actions. Armed with data, the services can make projections and predictions about the future of various aspects of the environment, including the atmosphere, land, ocean, ice, and snow. Satellite-based earth observation systems measure the biological, physical, and chemical change that occurs due to everyday life and affecting everyday life.

NASA’s project is increasingly important as we move into a period of more sensitive environmental conditions and worries over potential climate change. Satellite-based earth observation services can provide data that can offer climate change predictions, forewarn of pending natural disasters, help locate and analyse the availability of water on the planet, and aid the management of natural resources. Satellite-based earth observation services market

Analytics technology and its increasing adoption globally is helping to drive the satellite-based earth observation services market, enabling the accurate and efficient analysis of data gathered from satellite sources, offering meaningful information to end users. Analysts predict the image availability to be a future area of focus for the market, with technology advances pursuing enhanced images of greater detail that can provide a more accurate picture to use in predictions. The technology and time needed for this complex research requires extensive government funding and many space programs feel they are underfunded. With the importance of this research ripe for helping us deal with pending climate change, the satellite-based earth observation market must be ready for continued growth according to the provision of the necessary funding.

Satellite-Based Earth Observation Services Market