Humanity has reached an incredible level of technological and cultural evolution in the 21st century, which is perhaps why the immediate after-effects of a natural disaster are as shocking as they are harrowing. There’s an assumption that our modern cities and buildings are invulnerable to the vagaries of Mother Nature, and yet time and again we witness just how devastating a natural disaster can still be. It may seem as though our modern technology can’t possibly save us from these apparently random acts of destruction, but many researchers believe that it can – and they’re using data capture technology as the first line of defence against natural disasters…

Plate tectonics
Tectonic plates are gigantic slabs of rock upon which our oceans and continents sit, and it’s at the boundaries of these plates that we experience what’s known as tectonic activity. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and associated disasters like landslides and tsunamis are caused by the movement of tectonic plates, but calculating when these movements are going to occur is easier said than done. Researchers catalogue seismic activity using sophisticated data capture instruments in order to better understand the natural disasters that often occur – they’re not preventable, but early warning systems can help people to evacuate the disaster area before a seismic event were to strike.

Weather forecasting
It’s not just what happens beneath the earth that can endanger people’s lives on the surface. Destructive weather conditions like famine, flood and storms claim countless lives around the world every year, and again, such disasters can rarely be prevented. Climatologists use supercomputers to chart changes in the world’s weather, and these supercomputers feast on data. The more accurate climate data they have, the more precise their predictions will be and the higher the likelihood that we’ll be able to take precautionary measures against the world’s most devastating weather fronts.

Disease research
While weather conditions and seismic activity both pose significant threats to human populations here on Earth, many are equally, if not more concerned about the threat of disease. Population growth and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria mean that a particularly virulent disease could wreak havoc in many of the world’s major cities, so researchers are working long and hard to develop a solution. The more we invest in medical research the better prepared we’ll be for threats like these in future.

Mother Nature isn’t necessarily on our side, so we need to do what we can to look after ourselves by obtaining the most accurate information at our disposal. Document Capture Co’s automated data capture solutions can give you the data you need to perform your research projects and studies with acuity, so contact us to arrange a free workshop where you can learn about what we do in detail.