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.


Fresh Water Management: Trends and Outlook

Water management has become a key issue for the 21st century, as growing pressures are hindering the delivery of already scarce fresh water to millions of people. Expanding populations, economic growth, pollution and seasonal climatic conditions are all factors behind diminishing water resources. In addition however, a number of effects linked to climate change, such as lengthy droughts and extreme weather events, are worsening the situation. The link between water management and climate change makes monitoring and forecasting the global water cycle increasingly important. This chapter points to some of the key challenges related to the management and delivery of water-related services. The first section focuses on the growing pressures surrounding access to fresh water; the second highlights some of the socio-economic impacts of “water troubles” (such as the lack of water access and costs of water-related disasters); and the last explores some of the interactions between fresh water and climate change.


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