Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, and Maria - the names that the late summer of 2017 will be remembered for in the Atlantic Ocean region. The strongest hurricanes ever recorder in the Atlantic have prompted alluvial flooding, mass migration, and ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Climate scientists indicate, already for years, that the planet continues to warm from greenhouse gases, and that the storms on the planet should get stronger. Monitoring natural phenomena is one of the satellites’ gifts to humankind, while the data acquired fill the gaps of understanding.
Before satellites, information about these phenomena and, actually, about any other natural events were pieced from observation records, mostly. But starting with the satellite era, wealth of information was generated and it empowered scientists, researchers and authorities to observe and understand more.
Images of September hurricanes’ eyes and clouds were captured and visualized all over the globe, while their deployment and damages caused were closely monitored by authorities.
Nowadays, data streaming form the satellites and planet visualisation are not accessible only to governments and authorities, but also to the general public.