False color images: Satellites, earth observation and data visualization

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Fri Aug 28, 2020, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).

With the establishment of the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme of the European Commission and the European Space Agency, an infrastructure has been created which enables an independent European observation system. This observation system provides essential data and geo-information, mainly by means of the Sentinel satellites which constantly monitor the earth’s surface. These data on weather, vegetation, atmosphere and other factors are essential information for monitoring climate change, disaster management and many other applications. The Ars Electronica Center’s Global Shift exhibition focuses on precisely these topics: Satellite and space technology, human changes to the earth in the Anthropocene, digital infrastructures and our planet as a habitat that needs to be observed and analyzed are explained and impressively presented with the help of interactive data visualizations and three-dimensional models. Today we take you with Home Delivery on a journey around the planet from the perspective of the satellites of the Copernicus program – Sentinel I A/B, II A/B, III A/B and V P – and enter the colourful world of false colour images, where finest details of the earth’s surface can provide important data.