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Earth Monitoring: The planetary panopticon

Technology will soon allow the world to be mapped in near-real time and at high resolution. Declan Butler investigates the potential for operational monitoring of the planet.

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See Editorial, page 761 . Declan Butler is a senior reporter for Nature, based in France. For all our content on Earth observation visit our online special .

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Butler, D. Earth Monitoring: The planetary panopticon. Nature 450, 778–780 (2007).

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