The sky’s the limit for Earth observation

17 September, 2017

​Imagine sending your own custom-made satellite into space to study specific elements of rivers, glaciers, volcanoes, landslides or agricultural practices.
Sensors, digital imaging and other sensing components have shrunk in size and cost, which has dramatically changed the technology available to Earth scientists in just the last five years. KAUST researchers and international colleagues report that we are entering a new era in Earth observation and research; and they identify what’s needed if we are to maximize its opportunities. 

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© 2017 Hydrology Agriculture and Land Observation team