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.


Outlook for Space Technologies

The demands for climate information, resource sustainability, transport efficiency, etc. are growing quickly. Can the space sector deliver the research, technology and management to keep pace with so much rapid change, now and in the future? The many successes of space assets may obscure some of the technical limitations as well as governance related restrictions, and so run the risk of overselling what satellites can and will do. This chapter shows that more applications are in the pipeline or are already coming on stream; if gaps are to be remedied, substantial investments in earth observation and meteorological satellite systems will be required over the next ten years. In addition, replacement and network expansion investments will be required thereafter to address the mounting challenges to 2025 and beyond.


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