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Water management and protection

Did you know that applications developed for the Canadian RADARSAT satellite enables hydrologists to locate and better manage water resources around the world?

In Africa, for example, it is difficult to locate groundwater sources using traditional methods, and drilling many dry wells quickly becomes costly. The Canadian Space Agency and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing have developed a method for locating these bodies of water using images obtained from RADARSAT.

Overview of the main RADARSAT-1 Earth observation data applications
Overview of the main RADARSAT-2 Earth observation data applications

Each year, over 300,000 seabirds die off the east coast of Canada.Footnote 1

Text version - on the graphic about the water management and protection.

Over one billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water.

Credit: Global Health and Education Foundation and Oxfam

Canada has taken action to protect wildlife and the coastlines and oceans they inhabit. Through data gathered by the RADARSAT satellite, we are able to monitor Canadian territorial waters. As part of the I-STOP project, the RADARSAT satellite scans the surface of the water looking for signs of oil spills. Using this data from space, Canadian authorities are alerted so that they may take action quickly, in just a few hours. With such a short response time, the polluting vessel may be quickly located and intercepted.

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