The University of California, Davis recently entered into a partnership with the DigitalGlobe Foundation, which will enable campus affiliates to freely access high-resolution satellite images from DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), for research and educational purposes. Through this collaboration, the DigitalGlobe Foundation will provide sub-meter spatial resolution geospatial data to support the University’s research. The Foundation’s aim is to foster innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges, including climate change, food and water security, building resilient cities, and recovery from large-scale natural disasters.
“This type of data is what we often see after disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and severe storms, but the actual range of use of the imagery to help answer ecological and agricultural questions is much wider,” said Susan Ustin, Professor of Environmental and Resource Sciences in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources.
DigitalGlobe imagery has been used to support groundbreaking research on measuring the effects of climate change on the landscape, understanding animal populations and biodiversity, identifying undiscovered archeological sites, and determining how to best provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.