09/22/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/22/2021 13:13
Now that the Summer Games in Tokyo are complete, soccer fans-or football fans, if you prefer-around the world are watching with anticipation as Qatar prepares to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. The global sporting event features teams from 32 countries every four years. Maxar has been tracking Qatar's construction boom with Persistent Change Monitoring (PCM) and high-resolution satellite imagery. Between 2016 and 2020, PCM detected almost 54,000 hectares of land that underwent a measurable confirmed change. These changes involve the construction of more than 100 hotels and apartment buildings, stadiums, facilities, roads, ports and other significant infrastructure development. To put this amount of change into context, it's the equivalent of 38,520 soccer fields changing significantly over five years.