Climate change is arguably the most difficult global challenge facing governments, business and society in the 21st century. Satellite observations have enabled major scientific advances in our understanding of climate change, with their measurements on large temporal and spatial scales key to understanding the evolution of parameters about the atmosphere, land and ocean in our Earth system. The business ecosystem for climate services is evolving rapidly with estimated revenues exceeding £16bn in 2015.
In recent years Telespazio UK has built a European industry leadership position in the provision of satellite observations for the climate change marketplace. Several key initiatives give Telespazio UK major involvement in the provision and use of satellite observations to help stakeholders monitor, mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The funding for these projects comes from two main Programmes:
- Climate Change Initiative (CCI), funded by the European Space Agency
- Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), operated by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of, and funded by, the European Commission
Telespazio UK climate capabilities span all aspects of the value chain and example projects across the value chain are shown below: