THE second What on Earth Colloquium was held at Te Papa, Wellington, this month.
The two-day conference was attended by 255 national and international experts, scientists and representatives from a wide range of sectors interested in Earth observation data, including the space industry, satellite operators, agricultural and fishery industries, the Department of Conservation and government agencies.
Venture Southland (VS) business and strategic projects general manager Steve Canny said the colloquium, of which VS was a principal partner, highlighted an extensive range of reasons for Earth observation to be better utilised, particularly when considering climate change and increasing populations.
“We are facing significant change in our environment that the use of Earth observation data could help us better prepare for.”
Mr Canny spoke about the strategic space opportunities available for regional development and the impact of those upon climate change and the production of future food sources.
“Earth observation technologies will provide us with the essential tools needed to manage and monitor environmental performance and food production challenges in real time.”