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Today, remote sensing technologies are deployed from a variety of innovative platforms, such as satellites, airplanes, boats, and unpiloted aerial, terrestrial and underwater vehicles, as well as fixed and mobile distributed networks.

These sensor and platform technologies enable scientists to measure dynamic and spatially complex environmental and social phenomena at local, regional and global scales. Remote sensing and sensor networks allow us to understand and track important processes including:

NEON Rager visualization

  • land change
  • sea-level rise
  • global carbon cycles
  • land & sea temperatures
  • urban social & environmental conditions
  • glacier movement
  • air & water pollution
  • desertification
  • water availability
  • global water cycles
  • animal movement
  • disease spread
  • natural hazards
  • resource monitoring
viz_lab_crop1-300x148Innovations and improvements in sensor technology, advancements in sensor platforms and networks, and the development of new tools and techniques to analyze remote sensing data create large sets of near real time earth observations. These observations underpin the geospatial analytics we use to understand our changing environment and society.

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