By far the majority of users of Geocento’s EarthImages platform search for optical imagery. Very few consider using radar imagery. Given its undoubted advantages in terms of being able to see the Earth’s surface through cloud, why is it not used more?

A study by Norris and colleagues was published in Nature last week, revealing how the distribution of clouds has been changing since the 1980s, on a planetary scale. The study detailed two main changes in cloud patterns, encouraged by the observed climatic changes which have been occurred over the last 50 years.