The earthquake that hit Japan and the tsunami that was its aftermath showed the whole world just how wrathful nature can be. No matter how prepared a country is, natural calamities such as that come without warning so there really is no one to blame. We can only do so much. But that doesn’t mean that countries and governments are not doing anything to somehow counter the effects of such distressing catastrophes. On the contrary, governments have environmental monitoring services which monitor the quality of the environment. The main idea behind this is so that a country can prepare environmental impact assessments to study and counteract harmful effects on the natural environment as caused by man or forces of nature.
What is Environmental Monitoring?
Environmental monitoring may refer to computerized sensors that measure the physical parameters of our environment which in turn alerts the proper government organizations of abnormalities that the system might have picked up. That’s one reason why even if a place may suffer from the devastating effects of a natural calamity, its government is able to deploy help and other aids right away. Because somehow, they were alerted that something could happen. If a government is not prepared to handle the effects of a disaster, it will take those years to recover from it. But that’s not the case, right?
Managing the environment is an overwhelming task and it is for this reason that developers have created various systems to make the job easier. These systems pick up thousands upon thousands of data which it classifies and clarifies so they can come up with fool-proof action plans. Among the areas where environmental monitoring is highly efficient are:
• Pollution risk assessment;
• Trends in time and space;
• Anticipatory systems; and
• Environmental quality and management practice.
Also, because the system allows for the study and management of microclimates, it’s now easier to come up with the right tools to undertake environmental research, monitoring, conservation, quality and control of our natural resources.
The Impact of Environmental Monitoring
Are you following the impact which monitoring the environment has on each of us? To make it even simpler, environmental monitoring can be depicted as an inveterate and methodical series of studies which expose to us the true condition of the environment. This is especially important for areas which are in need of further development. Since it is quite gaining ground these days, further enhancements and innovations on environmental monitoring technology are being proposed and debated on. One such improvement is the use of fiber optic cables to form monitoring networks. This development makes it possible for the system to be utilized even in remote places. It won’t take long before this system for managing the environment is implemented on a global scale.