Recent TEDx talks at EUMETSAT: decoding the blue dot

At the end of last year, EUMETSAT hosted a TEDx event organised by the TEDxRheinMain group. The “Decoding the Blue Dot” event was sponsored by the EU Copernicus Programme, with a focus on the applications of Earth observation data.

So, in case you missed it and didn’t get a chance to watch the talks, they are now on the TEDx Talks site and here’s a link to each video for you to enjoy (plus a little background information on each speaker).

Painting by numbers by Hayley Evers-King

Hayley is an Earth Observation Scientist at the Plymouth Marine Lab and is also working with EUMETSAT to help train people how to use ocean data. During her talk, Hayley discusses the colourful world of marine satellite imagery, explaining the stories behind the colours.

“These instruments (satellites) are passing overhead giving this information to us every single day, so that now in the future we can paint our ocean by numbers, understand how it works and use it sustainably for our future.”

Supporting fisheries’ resources using Earth observation by Kwame Adu Agyekum

Kwame is a Marine Scientist at the University of Ghana. This talk highlights the benefits of using satellite data to stay one step ahead of illegal fishing in African waters. By displaying the most productive fishing spots, fishery managers know which areas to patrol and where to find the pirates.

“We have depleted resources out there, there are huge industrial boats from different parts of the world that can easily and freely move into our maritime space and scoop out all our fish.”

Our eyes into the deep: marine open data by Pierre Bahurel

Pierre is the Director of Mercator Ocean, a producer of ocean analyses & forecasts and the organisation tasked with running the European Union’s Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). He talks about the importance of using Copernicus marine open data to better understand our oceans.

“Have you ever tried to open your eyes underwater without any equipment? Full of hope to see the beautiful fish and shades of blue? I’m sure you have, we all have and the truth is that we see nothing, it’s a completely blurred vision.”

Watching the sea level rise by Remko Scharroo

Remko is a Remote Sensing Scientist at EUMETSAT, specialising in the production and analysis of sea surface height data from satellite radar altimeters. In his talk, he discusses the use of satellites in measuring rising sea levels.

“There are two satellites that measure the changes in the gravity field, they can tell us how much of the (ice) mass is taken away from the land and dumped into the ocean, and that can tell us how much sea level has risen just from melting ice.”

A journey to planet ocean by Pierre-Yves Cousteau

Space Scientist and Biochemist Pierre-Yves Cousteau shares his passion and love for the oceans. He also discusses the use of remote sensing in helping record ocean data and his efforts to encourage other scuba divers to get involved in conservation and research:

“I’ve been trying to find ways to involve scuba divers in conservation and research for the past eight years and this is one of the most recent projects, which is to try and use the divers to collect temperature data from the ocean, a missing piece of the data puzzle today.”

We’d need the ISS for that by Miles Lindner

Last but certainly not least, Miles Lindner shares the tale of a student-group studying planet formation and their experiment that will go to the International Space Station.

“This is all of course leading to one big question: what is necessary for the formation of an Earth-like planet, where an evolution of life is possible and where would we find it? So if we want to find the answers to these questions we have to look at the details, and we have to go back to the origins of our solar system.”

Still want more?

Here’s a link to a nice video showcasing some highlights from the event:

TEDxRheinMain – Decoding the blue dot Aftermovie

This is it! The official after movie to our last TEDxRheinMain Salon – Decoding the blue dot. Make sure to check it out, remember this amazing evening and to share your memories. Enjoy!

Posted by TEDx RheinMain on Friday, 1 December 2017


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