Satellites Help Keep Communities Safe from Toxic Algal Blooms
Those eyes in the skies can serve as public health heroes by passing along important information that’s gathered from the vantage point of outer space.
Utah Lake had a secret.
In 2017, just days before the Fourth of July weekend, a harmful algal bloom was growing in the warm waters of one of Utah’s most popular summer holiday destinations. This hidden algal bloom had the potential to kill pets and make visitors ill—and nobody knew it was there. That is, until satellite imaging alerted officials to the dangers hidden beneath the water.