CROSSING THE STREAMS
On 23 July 2018, a dam in southernmost Laos collapsed, and the resultant flood left more than 6,000 people homeless. The fractures in the dam that led to the disaster were discovered 2 days earlier. Yet the residents who lived downstream—many across the border in Cambodia—didn’t have access to real-time information about the increased risk of flooding. But when floods cross borders, satellite data can help.
GHOST TOWNS BUSTERS
The brutal conflict in the Middle East between Islamic fighters and the Egyptian military has left parts of the country in ruin. In hard-to-reach areas, satellite images show communities torn up and completely bulldozed, providing journalists with a clear picture of the destruction.
Scientists have recently discovered a large number of previously unknown monuments across Ireland. Using satellite imagery they have found large rock art, bronze-age cemeteries and ring forts up to an astounding 100m wide! The country has since added 71 new monuments, reported solely through a span of three months.
STAYING IN POWER
Satellite images have been used to help uncover areas with and without electricity in developing areas of India. Surprisingly, all Indian states get brighter before elections, suggesting that politicians work to minimize blackouts especially while defending slight majorities. “Night-time satellite imagery can measure electricity provision”.
A FEZZY PICTURE
Fes el Bali is the oldest walled part in the city of Fez, Morocco. With a total population of 156,000, the area is believed to be the biggest car-free urban neighborhood in the world due its narrow streets that are only two feet wide in some sections.
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