One Planet – One Health

“Jörmungandr – the Midgard Serpent” (Aurora Anna Kristjánsdóttir, 2020)


The resources on this page are all related to the inter-relationship between our precious blue planet, the space around it, and the good health and well-being of all creatures who live on and in the Earth. The satellites which we send into space and the applications drawn from them provide much valuable data for environmental monitoring and for use in disaster and infectious disease management (amongst other things). As our climate becomes more extreme and unpredictable, it is increasingly important to increase awareness and education about the impact that climate has on health (not just for humans) and biodiversity. The resources below are related to Space4Health, the One Health initiative, and climate and environmental health.

We are happy to receive contributions, and to add additional categories of resources. Please contact us to contribute.


Space assets (e.g., satellites) and applications provide innovative tools to improve lives and accelerate sustainable development in many areas, and health is one of them.

Webinar Recordings
Scientific Tools and Resources
One Health Articles

While the concept of One Health – where multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes – may have once seemed simple, “it is no longer”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “We can only prevent future pandemics with an integrated One Health approach to public health, animal health and the environment we share. Now is the time to take our partnership to a new level”, he underscored.

There is also increasing recognition that a One Health approach to food systems is also important and chronic food insecurity and/or distrust of intensively produced food are key drivers of risky practices. If you’ve not seen this, it might be of interest:

One Health

What is “One Health“? One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach – working at local, regional, national, and global levels – to achieve optimal health and well-being outcomes recognizing the interconnections between people, animals, plants and their shared environment.

One Health Infographic
Bushfire Earth Observation Taskforce Report
  • After the devastating bushfire season of 2019-2020, at the request of the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Australian Space Agency led the establishment of a Bushfire Earth Observation Taskforce. Partners on the Taskforce included CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology.
  • The Taskforce examined the decisions required to undertake bushfire risk management. It then analysed the satellite imagery data needed to support those decisions.
  • The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has considered this report. This includes future space based opportunities to support bushfire readiness. Read the report.
Climate News Articles

The vanishing Arctic
By Mark Doman, Katia Shatoba, Alex Palmer and Stephen Hutcheon
Published 16 Dec 2020

Image: NOAA 2020 Arctic Report Card

Climate change blamed as Arctic Ocean ice cover shrinks to second-lowest level on record
AP, Posted Tuesday 22 September 2020

Image: There were only 3.7 million square kilometres of Arctic sea ice when it reached its annual low mark last week. (AP: David Goldman)

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”


~ Jörmungandr – the Midgard Serpent by Aurora Anna Kristiansdottir, 2020, image supplied by the creator.
~ Equinox Earth – Image Credit: Roscosmos / NTSOMZ /, Courtesy: Igor TirskyVitaliy Egorov downloaded from (accessed 02.12.2020).
~ Jane Goodall quotation sourced from: (accessed 02.12.2020).

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