Copernicus Programme: Easy access alternative technology in the Philippines The Philippines, as well as all other countries, stands to benefit from reliable monitoring of its natural and urban environment. The El Niño phenomenon, unpredictable weather patterns, road traffic conditions, ocean’s parameters and the state of natural forests – all these and more can easily be monitored and accessed through the Copernicus Programme of the European Union. What is the Copernicus Programme? It is a programme which offers a high-speed performance and efficient operational infrastructure to monitor natural and urban environment, to perform complex data analysis, to simulate future impact scenarios, and to make informed decisions. It has seven sentinel satellites that capture high-quality data which can yield over 16 terabyte of high-quality full, free and open earth observation data per day. The sensors on the Copernicus’ sentinel satellites can determine features down to 5 to 10m which means that even though one cannot see every tree or small building, it is accurate enough to give a mapping of areas such as the whole of the Philippines, for example. To top all these, this technology offers its data for free; it is readily available and easily accessible. Therefore it is extremely… Read full this story
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