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The United States, Japan, and the European Space Agency will host a hackathon to study the impact of COVID-19 on the environment

COVID-19 has completely changed our lives. In addition to the unimaginable loss of life, the coronavirus pandemic has also affected the environment in many ways. For example, the large amount of medical waste generated due to the crisis has undoubtedly had a huge impact on our environment. But its scale is unclear. Therefore, the space agencies of the United States, Japan, and the European Union have decided to hold a hackathon next month to study this impact in the past year.

The Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon will actually be held from June 23 to 29, and registration for the week-long event is now open. The purpose is to allow participants to use powerful earth observation tools to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environment. Participants of the hackathon will be divided into groups and asked to use the data collected during the pandemic to solve various socio-economic and environmental challenges.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) urges all coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, manufacturers, builders, artists and technicians to participate in this event. It said that the issues that will be involved are the quality of air and water, economic, social and agricultural impacts, the impact of greenhouse gases, and the impact of the interconnected earth system.

In June last year, the three agencies established a dashboard to record the short- and long-term effects of pandemic-related restrictions on a global scale. Participants will use data from interactive sources and conduct research to understand the impact of the pandemic on the environment. They can also provide solutions to help improve the dashboard.

NASA Deputy Director of Science Thomas Zurbuchen (Thomas Zurbuchen) said that these agencies realize that if they join together, they can bring a more powerful set of analytical tools to understand the environmental, social and environmental aspects of the epidemic. Economic impact.

“Faced with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, these three agencies created an Earth Observation Dashboard to release the results of a joint analysis of satellite data in June last year.” Japan Aeronautics and Space Administration (JAXA).

Toni Tolker-Nielsen, director of the Earth Observation Program at the European Space Agency (ESA), said the dashboard allows them to compare key information from different regions at different times.


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