Tomnod Team Thoughts

Assessing food security in war-torn South Sudan

Internal conflict has led to severe food and nutrition insecurity for approximately one third of South Sudan’s population – 3.1 million people – according to the latest IPC report released in October 2015. This is an 80% increase compared to the same period last year. Of extreme concern is the...
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Seeing active fires through the smoke

There is a new way to look at the world. Seeing beyond the pixels, it shows us things that we cannot observe with our eyes. Collecting satellite images using short-wave infrared (SWIR) wavelength bands offers unique remote sensing capabilities such as material detection, smoke penetration, and thermal sensitivity. SWIR satellite...
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Calling upon the crowd to become local reporters

DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook disaster monitoring team spends our days (and nights) tracking major events around the world. Keeping our eyes and ears tuned in to events such as natural and manmade disasters and political instability ensures that DigitalGlobe’s satellites are pointing in the right direction to quickly collect imagery and assist...
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Ending Slavery on Lake Volta

Lake Volta is a site of systemic modern slavery: children are forced to work as slaves in the area’s fishing industry. Traffickers prey upon vulnerable families, tricking parents into thinking that their children will have the opportunity to attend school in exchange for a few hours of work. Instead the...
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Using algorithms and Tomnod to create the most complete and accurate populations maps

Numerous parts of the world are still affected by infectious but curable diseases, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are fighting it by large-scale vaccination campaigns. To efficiently plan these campaigns over large areas (often spanning 200,000 km2; that’s half the size of California) and maximize the success of vaccine distribution, accurate...
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