Tag: Extractives and Industry


DAm Monitoring from SATellites (DAMSAT) (IPP Case Study)

DAm Monitoring from SATellites (DAMSAT) uses satellite technology to remotely monitor water and tailings dams and other tailings deposit areas. The project: supports the reduction of the environmental and social impacts of water and tailings dams and other tailings deposits failures at 31 sites in the regions of Cajamarca, Pasco and Junín in Peru, influences […]

Development from Space: A Summary of the IPP Midline Evaluation

The International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a five year, £30 million per year programme run by the UK Space Agency (UKSA). IPP uses the UK Space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver a sustainable economic, societal or environmental benefit to developing economies. IPP is funded from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy […]

Space for Policy in Developing Countries

This research is published by Caribou Space and London Economics on behalf of UK Space Agency International Partnership Progrmame. It aims to evidence the use of satellite-derived technologies as a tool to support government policy across five areas in developing countries: agriculture, climate change and the environment, disaster resilience, forestry, and urban and transport. The […]

Adoption and Impact of Earth Observation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This report is the result of a close and productive collaboration between ESA and some of the key International Financial Institutions (IFIs) over thelast decade. Together with the World Bank (WB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ESA have been evaluating the benefits (quantitative and qualitative) that satellite […]

DAm Monitoring from SATellites (DAMSAT): Reducing the Probability of Failure of Tailings Dams in Peru using Remote Sensing Data (IPP Case Study)

Tailings dams are earth embankments used to store toxic mine waste and effluent which can be more than 100m high. They are often constructedwith steep slopes using the tailings to save on costs. Keeping these structures intact over decades is challenging. Their rate of failure is high and increasing, with 50% of serious tailings dam […]

Airbus Defence & Space: Satellite Image Analysis for Operational Maintenance of a Property Database for Dakar City, Senegal – Legacy Evaluation Report

Maintaining up-to-date and accurate information about all assets and services owned and operated by organisations is essential for good governance. Often insufficient attention or resources are provided to ensure this occurs and in rapidly changing environments, such as exist in the developing world where increasing urbanisation is a major factor, information about land and property […]

Understanding the impact of Earth Observation for sustainable urban development

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) is a programme from the European Space Agency (ESA) with the overall objective to start the integration of satellite information products & services, as ‘best- practice’ environmental information, in the planning and implementation of the development projects, programmes and activities of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs), together with their […]

Space for Finance in Developing Countries

This research was conducted by Caribou Space for the International Partnership Programme, a five-year, £30 million per year initiative run by the UK Space Agency. This report outlines why and how the space industry has a role to play in addressing challenges within the finance sector in developing countries. It is part of a series […]



Playing it Safe: A New Monitoring System for Tailings Dams can Prevent Disasters (IPP Project Blog)

High in the Peruvian Andes, a pilot study to test new remote sensing technology for far-flung tailings dams, using a combination of Earth Observation (EO) and on-the-ground sensing, and numerical modelling, has just come to a close. Craig Goff, a technical director at HR Wallingford, explains the project and the pioneering DAMSAT system, which could […]

METEOR: Modelling Exposure Through Earth Observation Routines

METEOR is a UK Space Agency International Partnership (IPP) project addressing the poor understanding, in some ODA countries, of population exposure to multiple natural hazards. With that in mind, METEOR is co-developing satellite-based Earth Observation (EO) routines to deliver robust information on population exposure and its vulnerability to multi-hazards including earthquakes, flooding, landslides and volcanoes.  This […]

Using Earth Observation for Disaster Resilience Planning and Policymaking

Each year natural disasters negatively impact hundreds of thousands of lives and lead to economic losses averaging US$250-300 billion per annum. These losses are often disproportionately high in developing countries that experience high-rates of poverty and rapid urbanisation, which pushes the most vulnerable into increasingly hazard-prone areas. Furthermore, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are challenged […]

Monitoring Tailing Dams at Mines using Earth Observation

Members of the International Partnership Programme travelled to Peru recently to visit one of their IPP projects which is looking at how satellite technology can be used to monitor Tailings Dams in the highlands of Peru. But what are tailings dams? Tailings are the residual material leftover from the mining process and are often toxic […]

UK Space Agency IPP – A Property Database in Dakar City, Senegal

UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme has 33 IPP projects across 33 countries, with 122 private sector, academic and NGO organisations consortiums members and 112 international partners. See more details on the IPP projects here. Dakar has a population estimated at 1.2 million with a rapid growth rate of 4%. The city is built on a […]


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Cultural Heritage Protection Service (UNOSAT)

Overview Cultural property is of great importance for humanity and cultural heritage sites in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions are being deliberately targeted in recent armed conflicts, resulting in damage, looting and in some cases total destruction. In addition, natural heritage sites nowadays are under constant myriad of threats ranging from climate […]

CRUST: Climate Resilient Urban Simulation Tool

Overview Sustainable urban growth requires adequate planning. The current urban footprint and its potential future growth are important factors that affect a city’s ability to become sustainable and improve the quality of life of its citizens. The climate resilient urban simulation tool helps facilitate the analysis of different growth scenarios that allows cities to estimate […]

Satellite Image Analysis for Maintenance of Property Databases (Airbus Defence and Space) (IPP funded)

https://www.intelligence-airbusds.com/land-administration/ Overview Airbus has developed a solution for monitoring changes to buildings in urban and rural environments through the analysis of three- dimensional satellite data. The focus of this solution is to ensure that property records can be kept up to date to enable equitable property taxation to raise much-needed funds for developing cities. Solution […]

Satellite-Structural Health Monitoring (S-SHM) & Satellite Ultra-Precise Motion Monitoring Integrated Technology (SUMMIT) (Telespazio VEGA UK)

http://telespazio-vega.com/ Overview Satellite-Structural Health Monitoring (S-SHMTM): Innovative use of satellite technologies in ground motion based structural engineering monitoring. It is a highly scalable solution that can monitor a single piece of infrastructure up to city-scale survey – to detect structural and ground motions. Satellite Ultra-Precise Motion Monitoring Integrated Technology (SUMMIT): Monitoring of ground motion of […]

Dam Monitoring from SATellites (DAMSAT) (HR Wallingford) (IPP funded)

https://tailingsdams.info/ Overview Dam Monitoring from SATellites (DAMSAT) uses satellite technology to remotely monitor water and tailings dams and other tailings deposit areas. The system will help authorities take preventative action and thus reduce the risk of failure of water and tailings storage facilities and the consequent damage to population and ecosystem services downstream. Solution benefits […]