SkyWatch Blog Stories and Updates

Monitoring forest fires with satellites

Between November 2015 and April 2016, over 36,000 hectare of forest was burnt in the Republic of Congo. The main commercial activity in the area is the extraction of round wood from areas leased from the national authorities by private companies. These cover an extensive part of forest in the north of the country including […]

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What resolution do I need when using satellite Earth observation data?

Trick question: it depends on what you are trying to do. What does resolution mean? When it comes to Earth observation, you might hear about spatial resolution, spectral resolution, and temporal resolution. While all three need to be considered when looking for the satellite data, most often, when people ask about resolution, they mean “spatial […]

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Modelling pollutant exposure from space

Particulate matter – also referred to as aerosols or air pollution – are microscopic particles present in Earth's atmosphere. Some occur naturally, during wildfires and volcanic eruptions, and some are the result of human activities, such as car exhausts and powerplants, formed from the chemical reactions of gases such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen […]

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Estimating soil moisture from satellite data

Soil moisture estimates can help farmers assess plant health, aid in predicting crop yields, let governments can help alleviate and protect against floodings, measure urban water use for city planners, and more. Ground sensors are the most accurate tools to track water, but are expensive and difficult to rapidly relocate. Using satellite sources however provides […]

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Improving flood forecasting with Earth observation data

Luca Brocca is a Researcher at the Research Institute of Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI) of the National Research Council (CNR), a branch of the Italian government dedicated to monitoring and preventing floods, landslides, droughts, and other water-related natural hazards. When not working on real-time predictions for the department of Civil Protection and the local authorities, the […]

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How an innovative company uses satellite data to help design and implement sustainability strategies of their clients

52impact brings spatial (satellite, aerial, and drone) information to markets who haven’t been using these types of datasets. The company is working with decision makers in industries who haven’t previously worked with geospatial data. The group leans heavily on close customer relations and data visualization to help bridge the gap between the images and the […]

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Using spatial and aerial imagery to estimate crop surfaces in developing countries

Agricultural statistics are essential for monitoring production changes, planning government interventions and future investments, and estimating crop outputs for policymakers, researchers, and organizations. Poor agricultural data can lead to disastrous misallocations of resources and unsuccessful policies, as well as having a dire impact on populations and farmers alike. Jacques Delincé, a veteran agricultural statistician and […]

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SkyWatch Joins Esri Partner Network; Closed Beta ArcGIS Integration

SAN DIEGO, July 11, 2022 - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a Kitchener-based space technology company, announces today its Esri Partner Network relationship to deliver satellite imagery for mapping projects and spatial analytics via Esri's ArcGIS software. The integration of SkyWatch's Earth observation (EO) platform, EarthCache, with ArcGIS provides a single aggregate source of EO […]

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SkyWatch Launches TerraStream Certified Solutions Provider Program to Offer End-to-End Ecosystem Support for Satellite Operators

PARIS, France, December 15, 2021 (Newswire.com) - SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. ("SkyWatch"), a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) Earth observation aggregation and data management platforms for satellite operators, announced today, at World Satellite Business Week, the launch of the TerraStream Certified Solutions Provider program. SkyWatch's integrated data management platform, TerraStream, provides satellite operators with the ability […]

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SkyWatch Appoints New Chief Product Officer

KITCHENER, Ontario, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SkyWatch, a Kitchener-based SpaceTech company, today announced the appointment of David Proulx as Chief Product Officer. Proulx joins SkyWatch at an exciting time for the company, following a period of significant growth, including a $17.2M USD Series B round of financing, completed in June 2021. Proulx brings more […]

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