Environment & Natural Resources

Our imagery is ideally suited to support efforts to manage our natural resources: from monitoring agricultural crops, to managing the risk of wildfires, mapping remote watersheds, or evaluating the impacts of human settlements on the environment. Maxar provides governments, commercial organizations and conservation groups with the big picture and our high-resolution multispectral capabilities enable sophisticated remote sensing of the natural world.

Remote Sensing for Plant Health
Farmers, forestry organizations and environmental regulators are using DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and remote sensing capabilities, along with geospatial information to analyze, assess, and manage the health and growth states of plant materials. Our high-resolution multispectral imagery provides organizations with very detailed information about what is happening on the ground, across a wide geographical region. Whether they need to identify the health of old growth forests, monitor the encroachment of invasive species, track the state of logging activities, or identify crops affected by disease or drought, our satellite imagery enables better management of resources and faster decision making.

Forest Fire Risk Management
Many factors impact the extent and severity of forest fires, including the growing trend of urban encroachment into natural areas, previous fire suppression policies, and the impacts of disease, drought, and other environmental factors. With a combination of high-resolution color and near infrared multispectral imagery, government agencies can evaluate the health of forests and accurately map buildings, roads, waterways, and other structures to create risk profiles for large regions. In addition, our rapid response capabilities allow imagery to be used extensively to support firefighting efforts.

Water Resource Management
River basins, aquifers and other water sources are often shared resources between countries, states, provinces, or local municipalities. DigitalGlobe’s global imagery plays a key role in the collaborative planning and governance of water resources with a bird’s eye pictorial view. In times of highly regulated environments, our high-resolution images ensure planning strategies and development are in alignment with social, economic, environmental and technological goals – well informed organizations make for good neighbors.

Coastline Mapping
Whether for flood plain mapping, biodiversity studies, coastal zone impact assessments or industry and tourism, understanding the coastal environment can be a daunting challenge. Our satellite imagery plays an important role in both small scale mapping efforts of wetlands, beaches, submerged vegetation, urbanization and storm damage as well as understanding large scale coastal morphology. In addition, the large coverage area provided by our satellite imagery enables the monitoring of wide scale changes over time.

Supporting Conservation Efforts
With DigitalGlobe imagery, conservation groups like the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and The Nature Conservancy are able to make effective conservation decisions based on a better understanding of the ecosystem in critical and protected areas around the world. Satellite imagery, remote sensing and GIS are combined to effectively map ecological patterns, monitor the human encroachment of protected wildlife parks, monitor the health and geographic range of wildlife populations and measure and track changes over time.