How Are We Making a Difference?
With your support, we can build on our success stories and make an even greater impact. Here are three ways we are making a difference.
Southeast Asia has some of the most active volcanoes on Earth. Indonesia’s Mt. Kelud erupted in February 2014, causing volcanic ash to drift over Java. The eruption affected more than 200,000 people across 35 villages. While the huge blast destroyed most of the monitoring equipment placed near the volcano, EOS researchers were able to monitor the eruption from afar by using remote seismic and infrasound sensors.
Myanmar, an emerging democracy on a long road to recovery, is located on a major fault line and has one of the most disaster-prone coasts. EOS is working to map the network of fault lines across the country, as well as its most vulnerable geographies. We are bringing together researchers and communities from Thailand and Myanmar to understand the risks of living and farming on top of a dynamic earth. Additional studies will inform the Burmese government where to build their ports and cities, as well as to rebuild, reinforce coastal forest against coastal hazards.
The thriving agricultural economy in Southeast Asia sustains the food security and livelihoods of millions living in the region. Yet these food-producing regions are heavily impacted by increasing storm activity and changing weather patterns. EOS researchers worked with the Malaysian and Indonesian palm industry to mitigate crop sensitivity to short-term climate variations caused by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycles and long-term climate change. EOS is also hoping to conduct research on critical food security issues to help mitigate the impact of climate change on food production.