Encompassing over 5 million square miles, the Antarctic continent is the world’s largest wilderness area and the only continent without a native human population on the Earth. Antarctica is currently claimed by seven nations, but 53 countries have signed the Antarctic Treaty System (ATC) since it opened for signature in 1959. This treaty sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, establishing freedom of scientific investigation and banning military activity on the continent. Thus, scientific research is the main activity in this frozen continent, and the population residing there is comprised mainly of scientific research staff.
The Antarctic continent, like the North Pole, is one of the regions in the world most affected by global warming. It is also an ideal location to study how the climate is changing, since it experiences the least amount of human influence. However, given Antarctica’s remoteness and extreme weather, monitoring this vast territory can be challenging and expensive.
Satellite imagery is a key tool for timely, reliable monitoring of remote areas with extreme weather, without the costs associated with having people on the ground. One company leading the field in the imaging of high-latitude territories such as Antarctica is Deimos Imaging, an UrtheCast company.
East View Geospatial (EVG) recently partnered with Deimos Imaging to perform site monitoring and change detection of research activity in Antarctica. Tasking the Deimos-2 satellite, EVG was able to monitor areas of known activity, including multiple research stations, at superior resolution. Leveraging in-house analytic capabilities, EVG identified recent activity at the stations, as well as a suspected grounded DC-3 transport aircraft located not far from Russia’s Progress Station and China’s Zhongshan Station.
Together, EVG and Deimos Imaging offer world-class solutions for imaging and analysis of high-latitude territories and other challenging terrains. With their wide range of medium- and very high-resolution imagery, Deimos Imaging, an UrtheCast company is an ideal imagery provider for such regions. Complementing this, EVG offers near real-time imagery analysis, and has experience exploiting optical, thermal and synthetic aperture radar.