Imagem is back from COP21

Imagem is back from COP21

As announced earlier on our website, Imagem and Hexagon Geospatial were invited to participate in a side event organized by the Institute for Environmental Security at the the United Nations’ Climate Summit in Paris (COP21). Both companies felt honored to join the effervescence of one of the largest diplomatic gatherings to discuss the issue of Climate Change.

The session entitled ”Satellite observation as a tool to assess the security risks associated with climatic and environmental changes“ was an opportunity for the speakers to draw to the attention of policy-makers the fact that geospatial technology can provide useful insights into upcoming security issues and that groundbreaking mapping innovation can assess the impact of climatic changes and provide early warning about risks to human security.


Taking place in the African Pavilion on the COP21 site in Le Bourget, the discussion brought together 3 experts in the fields of geospatial solutions, remote sensing and meteorology, and country delegates as well as accreditated civil society members.

Environmental and climate factors are often defined as causes for conflicts in Africa. That being said, Marcel Leroy, Senior Advisor and Addis Ababa Representative, Institute for Environmental Security, stressed that “an analysis of the actual situation on the ground does not always support such direct linkages”.

Bringing remotely sensed data into our analysis of conflicts and security issues experienced on the ground can help us understand those as the result of interdependent factors affecting development and human security.  In this context, Claudio Mingrino, Executive Director for the EMAE region at Hexagon Geospatial, gave some real-world examples of how Hexagon Geospatial technology is being used to help security and climate change monitoring today.

Through a comparative approach, Imagem‘s consultant Melody Rosdahl introduced the major technological and conceptual shifts taking place in today’s geospatial industry. Her presentation measured the outreach of traditional mapping products within the decision making arena resulting from her previous work in Kenya, with the newly launched cloud-based platform called Smart M.App. The latter provides decision makers from the public and private sector tailored online applications, automatically generated on the cloud, coupled to- and updated with available geolocated data, may they be satellite-, airborne- and business data, and interactively accessible. The integration of business data and visualization of dynamic analytics together with an interactive map are key game changers for policy-makers, and decision-makers overall in their decisive daily tasks.

Revolutionizing both the map making- and map access processes, Smart M.Apps was presented to decision-makers as a tool to access updated, easy and dynamic insights into located environmental issues.

To sum it up, the session provided the audience with an opportunity to see and discuss concrete examples of the use of satellite imagery in the context of various issues related to climate change as well as an insight into the latest mapping innovation in the geospatial industry.

With a large amount of simultaneous side events organized in every pavilion representing member countries of the United Nations, Imagem & Hexagon Geospatial were glad to fuel the discussion and react to the audience‘s specific concern about land degradation and access to geospatial technologies in developing countries.