Satellite images and social networks will help stop hunger among the people

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2019-12-25 21:00:08

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Satellite images and social networks will help stop hunger among the people

Refugees in Somalia are waiting for their servings of rice

If you follow world news, you probably already know that the inhabitants of some regions of Asia and Africa suffer from hunger. According to the United Nations, in 2017 the number of hungry people in the world was more than 821 million. Their number continues to grow and the reason for this, researchers believe regular droughts, floods and political conflict. To prevent food shortages in the troubled regions before the advent of the difficulties, scientists from the U.S. state of Maryland, headed by Molly brown decided to use data from satellites and social networks. They believe that thanks to satellite imagery and reports on the Internet you can learn about impending natural disasters and public unrest and prevent following them .

About the plans of a group of scientists was told in the pages of the publication . If you believe this data, previously Molly brown carefully studied the results of 77 studies and found that from the effects of prolonged droughts, floods and political conflicts children suffer most. It became known that due to the following natural and social problems lack of food and poor water quality in most children, there is delayed growth. If time does not solve the problem of chronic malnutrition, people may remain small, but this can be avoided.

How to prevent mass starvation?

According to Molly brown and her colleagues, to predict the occurrence of droughts and floods is possible by means of satellite imagery. In the previous research works it has already studied photographs of the space he found agricultural land . It turns out that regularly scanning the earth's surface can quickly find the regions with food shortages, and in a timely manner to send food aid. Thus it is possible to prevent health problems millions of people worldwide including young children.

However, the researchers acknowledge that using satellite imagery does not predict the occurrence of political conflicts. For this, they suggest using a computer algorithm, which regularly examining social network messages about the riots and violence in certain areas of our planet. Noticing frequent in one of the regions, researchers will be able to recognize the risk of more serious problems. They are then able to alert the authorities about that troubled region may need food assistance.

due to the riots some farmers simply can not go to work and grow food.

The researchers Also noted that in some cases, mass starvation occur because of a combination of natural disasters and public unrest. For example, due to the impact of two problems at the moment, there is a well-known hunger in Syria. According to the UN in 2010 due to drought during the civil war on the brink of starvation was more than a million people. Today their number has already increased significantly and they need help.

In General, the idea of scientists from Maryland is not devoid of meaning and it is possible, forecasting of natural disasters and social problems with the help of satellite images and the Internet really will bear fruit. It is hoped that the rescue service will respond quickly to the messages promptly and deliver the food to your desired location.

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