The Blue Planet – Water and Satellites

Alina Vizireanu - Affinity Water UK

From space our planet appears as a beautiful ‘blue marble’, and all because of the existence of the water. Water gives Earth it’s most precious thing – Life. As scientists, when we search for other planets and life signs, we, in fact, search for water.

From a young age Alina is an advocate of exploring the world and beyond. For this she has studied Geospatial Information Systems and Physical Geography to Master’s degree at University of Bucharest, Romania, class 2010. She further pursued her studies as part of summer schools’ programs organised by Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) focusing on Emergency Disaster and Black Sea Marine Environment, giving her an excellent opportunity to experience the power of working with multi-disciplinary teams.

Addressing a career of 15 years in the Geospatial, Space-Earth Observation and IT industry, Alina’s experience has been very diverse, meeting a great range of businesses. For over 5 years she is part of the IT Service Delivery team of Affinity Water UK, the water utility company covering three different areas in England, serving parts of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Surrey and Kent.

In her spare time, she has various volunteering roles, related to STEM education and people empowerment: Membership Manager at Space Generation Advisory Council, STEM Ambassador part of the STEM Learning network across the United Kingdom, Steering Committee member of Women in Geospatial+ international network and Editor at British Cartographic Society’ Maplines members magazine.

Brief description of session:

From space our planet appears as a beautiful ‘blue marble’, and all because of the existence of the water. Water gives Earth it’s most precious thing – Life. As scientists, when we search for other planets and life signs, we, in fact, search for water.

On the entire evolution of Earth water has never been evenly distributed, causing major societal problems around the world. Natural hazards such as floods, or total opposite, droughts, are examples of how water and its existence impact humanity.
Join the class in exploring how Satellites, part of the most expensive industry, are used to look down the Earth, helping people and authorities understand and come up with innovative solutions for Humanity’s daily evolution.

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”- Benjamin Franklin

Type of session:

Lecture split in 4 chapters

Introduction / Our Journey

  • Perspectives from Space
  • Waters of the Earth
  • Water for Humanity
  • Natural Disasters

 

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