Emerging environmental and climate applications have been totally redefined thanks to innovations with how and when certain data can be captured. Our Geospatial/Lidar keynotes will explore what these redefinitions mean to users across the planet and extend as far as the moon.
Combining Remote Sensing & Analytics Technologies: Emerging Environmental Applications
Tara O'Shea, Planet
The past decade has seen an explosion in the availability of remotely sensed data, due in part to technological advances that have reduced the size and increased the number of Earth observation satellites. Parallel advances in machine learning and cloud computing have also enabled more correlations between insights from these datasets. In this session, we'll hear from Tara O'Shea, Director of Forest Programs at Planet, about what this means for emerging environmental and climate applications. In particular, Tara will highlight applications that combine Planet's unique global dataset with LiDAR data to create breakthrough capabilities in monitoring forest carbon stocks and emissions, mapping wildfire risk, and more.
The Case for an Earth Archive
Chris Fisher, Colorado State University
We have archives of films, newspapers, even seeds — what if we could make one for the entire surface of the earth? Changes to the Earth’s biosphere have reached a critical mass and it is now clear that we can no longer halt these that are resulting from human induced earth system modifications. The resulting climate crisis coupled with human population growth and land use changes are fundamentally altering our planet and as a result we have a limited time to record the Earth’s surface and the distribution of biota. Here we call for a massive international effort to 3-D scan the entire land mass of the planet (29.2%) to create a digital Earth Archive to provide a comprehensive baseline database of the Earth’s surface, and everything on it, at a high resolution that is accessible to as many as possible. Drawing on his experience mapping an ancient city in the Honduran jungle, archaeologist Chris Fisher makes the case for scanning the whole planet with LiDAR — a technology that uses lasers shot from an airplane to map the ground — in order to preserve our cultural and ecological heritage.
Bringing Light (Detection and Ranging) into Shadow: The role for LiDAR in Explorating the Moon
Michael Zanetti, NASA
With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon, and through collaboration with commercial and international partnerships will have sustainable lunar exploration in preparation for future Mars missions. The target is the Moon’s South Pole, an area of strategic importance that presents significant benefits and challenges, both related to persistent sun-light and shadows. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Zanetti, a lunar and planetary geologist will provide an introduction to the Artemis program, why the we are going the lunar South Pole, and the role for LiDAR in reconnaissance, landing hazard avoidance, and terrain navigation and mapping in aiding exploration of the Moon and Mars.
Exploring the GHG Monitoring from Space Report
Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)
The GHG Monitoring from Space report maps the current and emerging capabilities of space-based monitoring of greenhouse gases (GHGs) worldwide. It also lays the groundwork for enhanced contributions to the Global Stocktake (GST) under the Paris Agreement. It is the first systematic global assessment of these capabilities. As one of the authors of the report, Barbara Ryan will share the significance of these findings and highlight their connection to topics discussed by Planet, NASA and more.
Keynote session moderated by Jeremiah Karpowicz, Editorial Director, Diversified Communications.