Geometric and Dynamic Application of Satellite Geodesy in Environmental Mapping: A Conceptual Review

Hart L.1,*, Oba T.1 and Babalola A.2

1 Department of Surveying and Geomatics, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
2 Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: lawrence.hart@ust.edu.ng

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 Vol. 3 No. 2  | October 2019 | Pages 386 – 397

https://doi.org/10.36263/nijest.2019.02.0153

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The impacts of satellite geodesy are being felt in all aspects of human development and environmental management. Its principal advantages stem from the global nature of its scope, the diversity of its sensors and the realtime capabilities to capture both visual, numerical and other data types for as long as desired and in all weather conditions. The capacity to pinpoint locations to high precision in fractions of a second and provide detailed geometric and graphical definitions of large swaths are proving useful for meeting the needs of a people desirous for automation in all aspects of human endeavours and for confronting the increasing challenges of sustainable development and environmental degradation. The most innovative facility provided by satellite geodesy is the technology of remote sensing which enables measurements of objects without physical contact for interpretative and mensurative analysis and mapping in static or kinematic modes. The aim of this paper is to showcase the contributions of satellite geodesy to sustainable environmental management its basic concepts and a brief exploration of some of its applications. The overall objective is to underscore its critical role in socio-economic development. The paper posits therefore that today’s rapidly changing environmental problems requiring static and realtime locational and graphical solutions can be solved through the facilities of satellite geodesy.

Keywords: Satellite, geodesy, dynamic, environment, geometric, technology.

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Hart L., Oba T. and Babalola A., 2019. Geometric and Dynamic Application of Satellite Geodesy in Environmental Mapping: A Conceptual Review. Nigerian Journal of Environmental Sciences and Technology, 3(2), pp. 386-397. https://doi.org/10.36263/nijest.2019.02.0153