Minimize Desertification
Web Content Image

Desertification is the process by which land becomes increasingly dry, until the moisture in the land is depleted. This leads to the eventual absence of vegetation and the animals that thrive in such conditions.

Desertification has occurred a number of times in human history, and has been caused by both natural climate change and the changes affected on an area by human interaction.

Minimize Thematic Results
Web Content Image

Monitoring and managing Africa's water resources

31 October 2013

With water security being one of Africa's biggest challenges, ESA's TIGER initiative is using satellite observations to provide local authorities with the information they need to develop this vital resource.

Web Content Image

Herding from space

07 October 2013

Satellites see defined lines of nomadic pastoralism in one of the world's poorest countries.

Web Content Image

Satellites protect wetland areas

18 July 2012

Wetlands are havens of biodiversity, and have important ecological, hydrological and economic value, but their misuse can have devastating consequences. Satellite data are being used for wetland conservation and management.

Web Content Image

Earth observation for us and our planet

22 June 2012

The Rio+20 summit on promoting jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable use of our planet's resources closed today after three days of talks. During the summit, the role of Earth observation in sustainable development was highlighted.

Web Content Image

Satellites combat degrading lands

17 October 2011

As the UN marked World Food Day earlier this week, international representatives convened in Korea to discuss ways to curb the loss of productive land to desertification. Satellites play an important role in the monitoring and assessment of drylands.