UrtheCast: a new tool for change

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UrtheCast is committed to fostering global education and relief efforts worldwide, using advanced Earth Observation technology. From helping students detect geographical changes, to providing crucial footage for aid organizations responding to a crisis, UrtheCast will soon provide a powerful tool for change.

Aimed at encouraging global citizenship and engagement, UrtheCast works in partnership with educational, scientific, environmental, humanitarian, governmental and corporate organizations across the planet.

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Humanitarian aid & disaster relief

Humanitarian relief

During times of crisis, UrtheCast will use its Earth Observation technology to aid local, state, and federal agencies throughout all stages of humanitarian relief — from monitoring disaster conditions, to planning aid missions.

Disaster relief

Near real-time satellite video and imagery will provide crucial warning before natural disasters strike, and will become a valuable tool when rebuilding communities.

"Having spent 188 days on the Space Station and being a UNICEF Ambassador, it is very gratifying to know that this platform — which is bringing together partners from around the world — can help protect and support the most vulnerable people, especially children and women. The ISS and its partnership is truly a contribution to the future of Humanity"

Frank De Winne, European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut, UNICEF National Ambassador for Belgium, and the first ESA astronaut to command a space mission.

Satellite imagery allows for improvement of aid strategies following a disaster.

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Surveilling natural disasters helps to improve the safety and effectiveness of relief efforts.

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Mapping refugee camps over time shows the impact of political turmoil.

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Scientific research

Researchers

Satellite video and imagery of Earth will support scientific research in fields such as cartography, phenology, and Geographic Information Systems.

Universities

UrtheCast is committed to providing universities with affordable satellite video and imagery to help them conduct a wide variety of research projects.

"I use change detection and vegetation index to more accurately monitor and research the cycles of plants & animal migrations, and how they affect the Earth's climate."

- Phenology researcher

Seismic deformation can be measured to accurately detect stress accumulation through processed satellite imagery.

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Geophysicists can use remote imaging to monitor volcanic activity, assist in accurate predictions of eruptions, and prepare for evacuating communities.

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Environmental monitoring

Wildlife conservation

Researchers and conservationists studying habitat loss will soon benefit from additional imagery and video of inaccessible areas.

Resource management

UrtheCast provides governments, commercial organizations, and conservation groups with data to support natural resource management — from monitoring agricultural crops, to detecting deforestation.

Human impact

With over 7 billion people on Earth, near real-time satellite imagery can provide historical insight into the effects of hazards like air pollution and overpopulation.

"I use satellite imagery overlays for watershed and vegetation analysis to safely mine controlled properties."

- Surface mining worker

Applying change analysis imagery, such as historical vegetation indexes, improves workflows and increases yields by optimizing farming practices.

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Melt levels in inaccessible glaciers can be more easily tracked over time as they contribute to rising sea levels.

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Oil spills in the ocean can be seen from satellite imagery.

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Education

Educators

UrtheCast partners with teachers and professors who are passionate about empowering students to explore and embrace our evolving planet.

Students

Curiosity begins in the classroom, where bright young minds can begin to understand the world and how it changes over time.

"I will use UrtheCast in an agroecosystems course to visualize land forms, vegetative land cover, and how it changes throughout the seasons."

- University professor

Satellite video and imagery are valuable learning supplements to courses ranging from computer science to geography.

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In depth analysis of the planet allows students to better interpret the world as they prepare to enter the workforce.

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You

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