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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(3), 1569-1583; doi:10.3390/ijgi4031569

Space for Climate

ESA/ESRIN, Via Galileo Galilei, 64, Frascati 00044, Italy
Academic Editors: Christoph Aubrecht and Wolfgang Kainz
Received: 12 June 2015 / Revised: 31 July 2015 / Accepted: 12 August 2015 / Published: 1 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geoinformation for Disaster Risk Management)
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This paper describes how Earth Observation (EO) data—in particular from satellites—can support climate science, monitoring, and services by delivering global, repetitive, consistent, and timely information on the state of the environment and its evolution. Some examples are presented of EO demonstration pilot projects performed in partnership with scientists, industry, and development practitioners to support climate science, adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk management. In particular, the paper highlights the challenge of gathering observations and generating long-term climate data records, which provide the foundation of risk management. The paper calls for a science-based integrated approach to climate risk management supported by data and knowledge, providing decision-makers with a unique analytical lens to develop a safety net to risk and maximize opportunities related to climate change and variability. View Full-Text
Keywords: Earth Observation; ESA Satellite Missions; Climate; Global Climate Observing System; ECVs; Geo-information services Earth Observation; ESA Satellite Missions; Climate; Global Climate Observing System; ECVs; Geo-information services
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Mathieu, P.-P. Space for Climate. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4, 1569-1583.

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