Project gallery @home edition 2020

Climate Detectives @home is an ESA education project that challenges, students aged 12 – 18 years, and families to monitor our planet from home by looking from above.

From their vantage point in space, astronauts and satellites can see both the beauty and the fragility of our planet. You can also observe Earth from home and work like a real Earth scientist!

Participants were asked to choose an Earth observation image, using the EO Browser online tool, the ESA Earth Observation Image of the week gallery or the ESA astronauts’ Flickr accounts. In addition to the image, participants had to provide a short description linking the image to a climate problem.


Project title: Finding beauty within devastation, Maldives

Category: Oceans and water bodies

Author: Elrich Student’s age: 14 years old

Image source: ESA EO image of the week


In this shot taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, featured are the Maldives.
When you first look at the image, you see oval-shaped reefs. The Maldives in fact rests on top of an old volcanic mountain range! However it is a popular tourism and diving destination with white sandy beaches in the Indian Ocean. This island nation is composed of a chain of about 1200 small coral islands grouped into clusters of atolls – encompassing over 90,000 sq km of ocean.

This image was not chosen for it’s serene and stunning nature ,this image actually displays the future . More than 80 per cent of Maldives’ land is less than one meter above the sea level, making it one of the lowest-lying countries in the world. This makes the land exceptionally prone to increasing sea levels. Satellite evidence has already revealed that the pace has increased during the past couple of years, increasing at around 5 mm each year.

However despite all the facts that leave us hopeless, every year we still act and just by speaking one’s voice and doing small deeds, we are all unifying ourselves and saving the Earth.

Images and descriptions are submitted by the teams/individuals and they take the full responsibility of the shared data.

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