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.



Climate Change: Trends and Outlook

Climate change is emerging as one of the greatest long-term challenges facing society. Its impacts have already been felt worldwide, and much worse is looming. Compounding the problem is the uncertainty that surrounds the measurement of climate change and even the phenomenon itself, notably with respect to variations observed in the oceans, seasonal precipitations and extreme weather patterns. This chapter presents some of the main drivers of climate change, reviews trends in extreme weather events, describes possible wild cards for the future, and identifies key challenges in understanding, measuring and forecasting climate change.


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