Climate data presents a $2 billion opportunity in Africa alone. Here’s why
-Satellite images can support industrial growth, environment protection, healthcare and education.
-Better access to climate data could help emerging economies recapture billions in lost revenues.
Data is a currency of its own in the modern world, so if only a few people can extract, refine and store it, then it will end up widening existing inequality gaps. This is why “data democratisation” has become essential, especially in emerging economies.
While the space sector has always leveraged open data, its value has not been tapped by most economies or societies. In this context, the role of satellite imagery could become increasingly important to find innovative solutions to current problems such as pandemics, famines, or climate change. Digital Earth Africa, a unique program launched in February 2019 uses the Open Data Cube and Amazon Web Services to make global satellite imagery more accessible and proves how data can bridge key social and economic inequalities in the twenty-first century.
Images of Africa’s geographies and coastlines have been recorded by satellites for many years. This free data, which offers a range of insights regarding land and water resources, is openly available but impossible to access, analyse or compute given the massive size of the data sets as well as the great processing power and capabilities required.
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