Remote Sensing Day 2021; Remote Sensing for Development in Africa

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In partnership with African Women in GIS, Space Generation Advisory Council, Space Hero and Satellogic, Where Geospatial organised a webinar to commemorate the celebration of Ghana’s first National Remote Sensing Day 2021 on 14 August 2021. The event, themed “Satellite Imagery, the key to Understanding Our World,” aimed to discuss how far remote sensing has come in Africa and how much influence it has made on African countries’ economies and social development, especially in agriculture and climate change. 

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The keynote speaker, Ciro Farinelli from Airbus Defense and Space Germany, discussed GIS applications on climate change. Likewise, the speaker discussed remote sensing on climate change monitoring and management. Ciro concluded the presentation by discussing the mitigation against their consequences. 

Furthermore, Forchibe Echep and Isaac Kissiedu presented their research on pests in the cabbage-growing areas of Ghana. Furthermore, they extensively discussed remote sensing applications in precision agriculture. According to Forchibe, remote sensing and spatial statistics tools help detect and model spatial links and corrections between the presence, absence and density of pests in response to climatic, environmental, and human factors. Thus, understanding these correlations and mapping them is the key to pest control and management and resource allocation. 

Likewise, Francis Andorful presented “Remote Sensing for Fire Disaster Management”. Francis is a senior GIS and Remote Sensing technician at the Geography department of the University of Ghana. He discussed the mapping of burnt areas and monitoring forest fire activity and enhancing fire disaster management. According to him, research has shown that satellite remote sensing is well suited to assessing the extent of biomass burning. This is a prerequisite for estimating emissions at regional and global scales. These estimates are subsequently necessary for better understanding the effects of fire on climate change.

In addition, Seember Edna Gbargbar, a surveyor at Joternam Limited, Abuja,  discussed ”Land Surface Temperature Modelling using Remote Sensing.” [/restrict]

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