SIDSAT - SIDSAT: Using the ‘magic’ of satellite images as support for education: Understanding climate change effects on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

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Context and objectives

The project deals with the topic of space science and technology to support awareness raising and education with respect to natural and human-induced threats, including the effects of climate change. The project wants to show and to convince researchers and decision-makers of the usefulness of remote sensing in the discussion about environmental and climate change. Images from space can also provide compelling educational information about large processes which are taking place. Satellite images compared through time provide an effective tool to assess natural or human induced processes. The scale of SIDS is ideal for this kind of analysis. They are also the regions of the world experiencing some of the earliest and severest impacts of climate change. It also provides an accurate scientific assessment with a relatively low degree of investment which can provide guidance to decision makers in identifying and addressing SIDS priorities. During the whole process, national and regional networks with local universities will be established. A database in the form of a web-based platform storing multi-scale satellite images will be developed. All satellite images will be georeferenced and the different satellite image mosaics that constitute the whole cover for each island will then be used as the web-based platform to store, visualize and retrieve simple information.

Project outcome

  • A series of cases illustrating how satellites can be useful to assess climate change related threats to small island states;
  • An educational package: the publication “Changing Small Island Developing States: A space perspective on environmental change in the Caribbean;
  • A web-based database was set up containing all the results after processing satellite images and all the examples of the educational/awareness package;
  • A workshop was organized involving local universities, motivating them to use satellite images in order to support the main priorities that local decision makers are addressing. The workshop's was a network of institutions interested in the use of remote sensing.