FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Three agencies came together Thursday to create the Joint COVID-19 Earth Observations Dashboard.
NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have compiled satellite data that documents the changes to the planet and environment during the global pandemic.
The three space agencies have integrated multiple satellite data records with analytical tools to allow user-friendly tracking of changes in air and water quality, climate change, economic activity, and agriculture.
This resource gives the public and even policymakers a great tool to examine any short-term or long-term impacts of any pandemic-related restrictions implemented around the world.
During the beginning of the pandemic, air quality changes were very noticeable from the stay-at-home orders.
Nitrogen dioxide or NO2 is a direct result from the burning of fossil fuels.
Satellite imagery indicated a reduction of NO2 in major metropolitan cities.
By using the dashboard, one can compare current NO2 data with historical data.
This comparison can also be done with carbon dioxide or CO2 and even water quality changes.
The tri-agency data will also present any changes in agricultural production around the world.
The dashboard is seamless information that is readily available to any user.
According to NASA, the database will continue to grow with new observations that will be added over the coming months as the global economy gradually reopens.