Natural Disasters and Air Pollution Monitoring

We combine the use of AI with human expertise to monitor climate change and identify catastrophic events such as wildfires or volcanic eruptions.

We process very high-resolution images to identify actual fire hotspots and burned areas. Automatic algorithms are doubled by human expertise in remote sensing, which corroborates multiple sources of information to avoid the propagation of false information.

To view and understand catastrophic events, such as volcanic eruptions, we offer processed high-resolution satellite imagery. By combining this data with high-resolution digital elevation models, we help predict the directions of lava flow and prevent people inside the danger zone.

Near real-time images help local authorities to make the right decisions during and after flooding, being a very good source of information about the affected areas.

Prediction of future wildfires is an activity of maximum interest and can be done by monitoring over long periods the areas with a lot of vegetation grown up during periods of high humidity followed by periods of very hot and dry weather. This process is based on multi-temporal processing of high-resolution satellite images and weather seasonal forecast data.

Air pollution is the main cause of ongoing climate change. Based on the high-end technology implemented on the Sentinel-5 polar satellite since 2018, we can monitor near real-time data for determining the concentrations of ozone, methane, formaldehyde, aerosol, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide.


Oil Spills - Siberia, Russia

Diesel oil spills are a significant environmental concern in Siberia, as they can cause significant damage to the region's fragile ecosystems. Diesel oil is a type of heavy fuel oil that is often used in shipping and industrial activities, and spills of this substance can have disastrous consequences for the plants, animals, and people that live in the affected areas.

Diesel oil spills in Siberia can have a range of negative impacts, including the contamination of soil, water, and permafrost, the destruction of habitat for plants and animals, and the disruption of local communities and economies. In addition, the cleanup of diesel oil spills can be difficult and expensive, and the long-term effects of these spills on the environment and human health are often not fully understood.

To address the problem of diesel oil spills in Siberia, it is important for governments, industry, and local communities to work together to prevent spills from occurring and to develop effective response and cleanup plans if spills do occur.

Norilsk, Russia, May 31, 2020
Norilsk, Russia, June 08, 2020

Oil spills into the river are visible in the first satellite image from May 31, 2020.

Wildfires - Chernobyl

The wildfires raging near the site of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine have raised concerns about the potential release of radioactive materials from the site. The wildfires broke out in the forest surrounding the Chornobyl nuclear plant in March 2020 and have spread across hundreds of acres of land in the exclusion zone around the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, where a catastrophic accident occurred in 1986.

The wildfire near Chornobyl is a cause for concern because the area is contaminated with radioactive materials, and the intense heat of the wildfire could potentially cause the release of these materials into the air. This could pose a threat to the health of local communities and to the environment and could also potentially contaminate food and water sources.

Chernobyl, Ukraine, March 23, 2022
Chernobyl, Ukraine, March 23, 2022