World’s space agencies propose setting up a climate observatory

World’s space agencies propose setting up a climate observatory

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Space agencies jointly propose setting up climate observatory. Image Courtesy: AFP/ Manila Bulletin

France: World’s leading space agencies have proposed the creation of a climate observatory to pool acquired data and share it with scientists throughout the world, as per a declaration adopted on Monday in Paris.

On the eve of the One Planet Summit organized in the French capital, the space agencies’ chiefs met to discuss climate monitoring from space, including such areas as greenhouse gases, water resource management and the use of satellites during natural disasters.

“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,” France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), which hosted the talks, said in a statement.

It added that more than half of the 50 essential climate variables could be measured only from space.

“The Paris Declaration we 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,” the CNES president Jean-Yves Le Gall said after the meeting.

The countries that adopted the declaration initiated by France were China, Japan, India, Europe, Britain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Israel, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.

The Russian space agency and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were not present at the talks.