The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for millions of people across all over the world, and many of the consequences are already visible in several fields. Companies were forced to sent people home, lockdowns were imposed, and social distancing forces friends and families to avoid contact in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.
Three of the biggest space agencies in the world, NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency), and JAXA (the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), have gathered satellite observation to create a new observation dashboard which can provide valuable information at a global level.
Called COVID-19 Earth Observation Dashboard, the initiative will allow users to explore the way in which the pandemic has affected several aspects of life, including transport networks, agricultural productions, greenhouse gas balance. According to a NASA representative, the impact caused by the pandemic has been visible from space.
The tree agencies realized that they could work together to process the information which can be collected with the help of the satellites. With the help of this data, better decisions can be taken in the future to minimize negative effects in the long run.
JAXA satellites have observed the the rate at which new cars were made and parked at a factory located near the Beginning Capital International Airport. The number of new cars fell sharply from December 2019 to February 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic spread in China.
Satellites were also used to track the changes in air pollution across China and other countries since the pandemic started. When factories were shut down, the quality of air improved dramatically within their proximity. It is worth noting that the drop was temporary, and the levels ave returned to normal in areas were work and traffic resumed.
New data will be added to the dashboard in the future.