Practice areas

Earth Observation

This has provided unique insight into issues such as:

–          Deforestation and afforestation –  we developed a forest monitoring system and a socio-economic and eco-system valuation tool to support the planning and implementation of land use interventions in the Tai National Park in Côte D’Ivoire.

–          Land use change and zoning –  we developed a detailed land-use inventory, a socio-economic and eco-system valuation tool, and micro-mapping tools to support the planning and implementation of land-use zoning, productive investments, and ‘conditional land titling’ in San Martin.

–          Crop insurance – in Kenya we utilized spatial econometric and computable general equilibrium models to design an index insurance product.

–          Drought and flood impacts – we used a variety of remote sensing inputs as well as satellite-derived data products to improve understanding of flood and drought hazards in Ethiopia. The focus is to build social and economic resilience to water-related hazards.

–          Zoonotic diseases – we undertook a scoping study into the prospects for the use of remote sensed data models of the risks of spill-over and spread of zoonotic diseases in West Africa.