Celebrating World Environment Day 2023

Jun 5, 2023
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day: a day dedicated to raising awareness about the environment, creating community, and taking action to protect our planet. Celebrated every June 5th, the first World Environment Day was established after the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, and has had participation of millions of people, and over 150 countries, since. The event has been led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since its inception, and maintains a focus on environmental action and the power of governments, businesses and individuals to create a more sustainable world.

At Upstream Tech, our mission is to make environmental data more accessible. We’re committed to using our technology to help our partners make a difference in their space. As such, we’ve brought together some posts to get you started on the work we do here, and how we’re helping partners around the country and globally to take action to steward land, protect habitats and ecosystems, and better manage water in an ever-increasingly turbulent time.

Below, we highlight recent partner work, a webinar on our newest HydroForecast offering, and a few articles on the work that Lens and HydroForecast have achieved to get you started. We’re already at the halfway point of 2023 (we know, incredible!) and there is much work to be done to continue protecting and conserving our planet. We hope this catches you up and gets you excited about the potential for remote monitoring and the best in streamflow forecasting.

Let's dive in.

Apple expands Restore Fund with monitoring supported via Lens

We launched Lens with the goal of helping accelerate the pace and scale of conservation impact – and April's announcement from our partner Apple that they are doubling their Restore Fund investment to $400 million is a truly exciting step in that direction. Over the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Space Intelligence, a provider of carbon and habitat maps, to support Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) for Apple’s Restore Fund. We’re thrilled to support Apple’s strong and growing commitment to sustainability and excited to see what this next chapter of the Restore Fund will bring. Link.

Leveraging remote sensing and forecasting to better understand an unpredictable climate

The West is drier than ever yet seeing record-breaking amounts of snowpack. See how Lens and HydroForecast can assist with planning efforts during non-average weather years like 2023. Link.

Managing the unexpected with remote monitoring: Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Spotlight

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust manages over 11,000 acres between a team of only two people. Learn how remote monitoring with Lens allows the pair to cover acres of land and manage the unexpected. Link.

Preparing for Europe's drought with the best in forecasting

HydroForecast is deployable anywhere in the world. Learn how HydroForecast is crucial to Europe's drought solutions and can help better prepare for future uncertainty in the coming years and decades. Link.

Integrating AI into Long-term Water Investment Decisions

Gathering information about water availability decades into the future is a major challenge. Long-term planning is made even more difficult by climate change and shifting weather norms, which make using historical data alone a significant risk. In this webinar, we discuss the importance of integrating climate scenarios into long-term investment decision making and water risk planning.

Thanks for reading, and happy World Environment Day!