MacDonald Dewittler providing satellite data to measure human impact on the environment

by Liam Britten

Richmond’s MacDonald Dewittler, an information solutions company, has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have purchased a license for their National Urban Change Indicator, a system that uses satellite data to measure the human impact on locations over the past 25 years.

This is a development I’d like to see more coverage of in the coming months. Urban sprawl is a sad fact of life  in North America, and how we manage the spread of cities into our hinterland could be an essential facet of North American environmental policy.

Why isn’t Canada’s Environment Ministry using a system like this? Or the Americans’ for that matter? It could provide invaluable information about the past for the future.

For more information on MacDonald Dewittler, visit their website here.

MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide. Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of earth and space based information solutions, ranging from... more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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