World's space agencies propose creation of a space climate observatory

Dec 15, 2017 13:53 IST
World's space agencies propose creation of a space climate observatory

According to a declaration that was adopted on 11 December 2017, the heads of world space agencies have proposed the creation of a climate observatory to combine acquired data and share it with scientists around the globe.

The space agency heads had met on the eve of the ‘One Planet Summit' in Paris, to discuss climate monitoring from space, including areas such as greenhouse gases, water resource management and the use of satellites during natural disasters.

The host of the talks –France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) stated that satellites are vital tools for studying and gaining new insights into climate change in order to mitigate its effects and help societies devise coping strategies. It added saying that more than half of the 50 essential climate variables could be measured only from space.

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Elaborating further on the topic, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall said that the ‘Paris Declaration’ which they have just adopted proposes to set up a Space Climate Observatory that will act as a hub between space agencies and the international scientific community.

He added by saying that most countries do not currently share the climate data gathered by satellites. The countries that adopted the declaration initiated by France include India, China, Japan, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Ukraine, Israel, UAE, Norway, Sweden, Austria and Italy.

Notable absentees at the talks included the Russian space agency and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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