DigitalGlobe Partners on Climate Change
Thursday, October 21, 2010
DigitalGlobe partners on climate change
By Boulder County Business Report staff
October 20, 2010
LONGMONT - Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc. will help researchers at a university in New Delhi, India, come up with environmental applications that address climate issues, the company said Wednesday.
Longmont-based DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) plans to contribute workers' ideas and expertise and the company's satellite imagery to help students working on TERI University research projects, the company said in a statement.
"With the growing concern over global climate change, institutions around the world are increasingly looking to technological innovation to help track, monitor and analyze changes in our natural environment," Jill Smith, DigitalGlobe's chairman and chief executive officer, said in the statement.
At The Energy and Resources Institute, or TERI, University, the satellite imagery will be used to look at water distribution and irrigation, according to the statement. Satellite pictures also can be used to track climate change issues related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland, and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, among other things.
"There can be little doubt that the importance of high-resolution satellite imagery applications will continue to escalate," said RK Pachauri, chancellor of TERI University and director general of The Energy and Resources Institute.
DigitalGlobe is one of the Boulder Valley's largest publicly traded companies, with about 460 employees. Its imagery is used by defense and intelligence analysts, by oil and gas exploration companies, by civil agencies and by environmental monitoring groups.