SPAC 511 - Earth Observation and Remote Sensing



Earth From Space

This is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, this special takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustain life on earth.


In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World

Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock reveals how satellites have revolutionised exploration, communication, location-finding and spying. She discovers how they have transformed, not only the way we see our planet, but our understanding of the dangers within it, like volcanoes and earthquakes. Plus, she discovers the jaw-dropping power of the technology used by satellites to make our lives run smoothly.


Space Colonies

It’s possible that in the near future the earth could become uninhabitable due to climate change or overpopulation. As a result, we may need to move to an orbital space colony or to another place like the moon or Mars. This series explores the challenges of settling each of these locations, as well as the encouraging technological advances that suggest we will be able to overcome these challenges.


Global Estrangement

About 100 years after man stepped on the moon, it’s likely that we are in a position to colonize Mars. We are heading towards the creation of a planetary civilization in what will be the greatest transition in the history of humankind. A brave new world lies before us. And a high-speed race to reverse the poisoning of the planet.

We used fossil fuels to take the big leap of the Industrial Revolution and during the 20th and 21st centuries. We filled the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, in an explosive way. Even if today we completely stopped sending carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the amount that has already been released is such that it is enough to cause global warming for decades to come, like a lung that is subject to the action of tobacco for years. How strange the climate with become depends on the measures we take today. Two degrees more are tolerable. Ten degrees more will have dramatic, unpredictable consequences, granting the impossibility of living in many territories which are inhabited today, as well as the relocation of cities by the coast.

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