A bird's eye view of the planet


Mostly a student research project for now with a focus on big data from satellite and drone imagrey.



The most recent Research and Development, RnD. Scientific Papers and just snooping around with curiosity.


Deforestation has been an increasingly relevant topic not only in research, but also for the wellbeing of future generations. In 2019 the world was in awe at the sight of raging fires in the Amazon Rainforest. 2019 saw the largest loss of forest cover in the Amazon since 2008.1 Rainforest devastation will increasingly affect integral aspects of our eve- ryday life in the decades ahead. Capturing around 5% of global CO2 output each year, the Amazon Rainforest already plays a critical role in restraining the effects of climate change.2 Setting the Amazon ablaze not only decreases the capacity to absorb carbon, but also releases more carbon. This has serious consequences with a possible tipping point at which the damage caused is irreversible eventually turning the region into a “tropical savannah”.3

Fires in the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil image by @NASA MODIS. August 1, 2020.

1 Cf. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/18/amazon-deforestation-at-highest-level-in-a- decade, accessed on 25.02.2021
2 Cf. https://apnews.com/article/384fdb5ee7654667b53ddb49efce8023, accessed on 20.02.2021
3 https://apnews.com/article/384fdb5ee7654667b53ddb49efce8023, accessed on 20.02.2021

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Papers investigating public opinion on sensitive matters.


German Acceptance

Drones are an increasingly popular topic not only in public, but also in private companies, among scientists and researchers. In society, however, people are reluctant to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a number of applications. These include the strongest resistance factors: security and privacy. Increasingly intertwined issues such as urbanization, traffic congestion and climate change, however, require new solutions. While the rules are being established, new smart city solutions, such as unmanned aircraft, will slowly find a fair share of public acceptance. NASA's new UTM (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management) project is a key initiative to develop uniform rules for UAVs.1

1 Cf. https://www.nasa.gov/ames/utm, , accessed on 06.03.2021.

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Thomas A. Fink


Thomas is a full time computer science student and researcher. His favorite topics include software enigneering, big data, geopolitics, finance, and of course satellite imagery.

With terraFermi he's looking to explore the planet from above and perhaps eventually form an organization or business around a software product.

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