The Korea Herald reported that South Korea has made plans to make use of the latest technology to forecast and measure fine dust emission levels in the country. Known as the 2020-2024 fine dust research and development plan. The plan calls for companies to utilise satellite and information technology to develop a three-dimensional spatial distribution system that can help researchers get a better understanding of fine dust that is in the environment.
The Ministry of Science aim is to have an algorithm that captures data from their environment-monitoring satellite the Chollia-2B satellite, aerial surveillance, artificial intelligence (AI), along with various other information that allows for real time information of the origin of fine dust and the amount of fine dust in the atmosphere. With this forecast system, South Korea would be able to come up with effective policy and measures to reduce emission levels in the country.
I am impressed by the potential that technology has in benefiting the environment as pollution is common nowadays and as was written in the article, fine dust can lead to respiratory diseases that can affect the body’s immunity. I hope that more people can think of ways on how they could utilise technology to benefit the environment. Last June, Actor Robert Downey Jr announced that he was launching an initiative called the Footprint Coalition that invests in company that is committed to using the latest technology that could save the environment.