World’s space agencies to set up climate observatory

The heads of several of the world’s space agencies have agreed to set up a climate observatory to pool data and share it with scientists across the world. The UK […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The heads of several of the world’s space agencies have agreed to set up a climate observatory to pool data and share it with scientists across the world.

The UK Space Agency has joined other organisations to commit to working together on activities such as increasing observations of key climate variables and validating the data.

They aim to improve long term sustainability and accessibility of climate data captured by satellites.

Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, who signed the agreement in Paris said: “The UK is working with international organisations to encourage the use of space data and technology to tackling climate change.

“It’s important we come together and agree to work towards improving the quality and sustainability of climate data from space and ensuring it is made freely available to researchers around the world.”

The announcement was made ahead of the One Planet Summit in Paris today, marking two years since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement and increasing access to finance for climate action.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has committed to providing funding to help the world’s poorest nations tackle climate change.