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Space Technologies and Climate Change

Implications for Water Management, Marine Resources and Maritime Transport

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This book examines the contributions that space technologies can make in tackling some of the serious problems posed by climate change. Focusing on examples of water management, marine resources and maritime transport, it sets out the rationale for further developing satellite systems to measure and monitor climate change and help mitigate its consequences. The report underlines the need to consider satellites not just as research and development systems, but as an important component of a critical communication- and information-based infrastructure for modern societies. The tool box for decision makers that concludes the book reviews different methodological options for deciding on investments in space-based earth observation.

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Capabilities of Space Technologies

This chapter summarises the current contribution of space technologies to climate change research and monitoring, for fresh water, marine resources and maritime transport. Space systems and their ground infrastructure are tools that need to be used in combination with other assets. At the same time however, these systems have their own unique capabilities and can be put to uses ranging from snowmelt runoff measurement to improving safety at sea.

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