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Satellite Imagery Used to Show Earth’s “Hotspots” and “Hopespots”

Earth remote sensing via satellite - NASA spacecraft in action. Credit: NASA

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Bella Gaia are launching a short film titled Hotspots to Hopespots - a multimedia presentation of scientific data and images on the planet’s changing environment.

As changes to ecosystems and the environment continue to occur in response to growing population pressure and natural processes, ways to measure and observe these changes on a regular basis will become increasingly important.

Satellite imagery offers an important way to provide evidence of such changes and connect local changes to wider audiences.

A significant area of Earth’s surface that is susceptible to slow-onset or rapid environmental change is referred to as a “hotspot”; a positive outlook for the future is captured through the concept of a “hopespot” which encompasses areas where actions have led to, or are leading to, positive changes.

Directed by award winning filmmaker, music producer and classically trained violinist, Kenji Williams, the Hotspots to Hopespots film highlights this year’s World Environment Day theme of food waste and showcases visualizations of Hotspots that have turned into Hopespots.

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By Leonard David


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