NASA and ESA form a partnership to better observe climate change

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“Space is undoubtedly the most advantageous position for measuring and monitoring climate change”, remarks the Director General of ESA.

The US Space Agency (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) formed a partnership on Tuesday to pool their expertise in Earth observation and thus better understand climate change. “In order to ensure that data from Earth observation satellites are used to further science and ultimately benefit humanity, ESA and NASA have entered into a strategic partnership for earth sciences and climate change », announces the ESA in a press release.

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This partnership was formalized by a declaration of intent signed by ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. It aims to “To trace the path to provide a global response to climate change through monitoring the Earth and its environment”, according to the press release.

Join forces

The two agencies have already worked together on environmental issues, in particular on the Sentinel-6 satellite of the European Copernicus Earth observation program, intended to measure sea level rise. According to Josef Aschbacher, “Space is arguably the most advantageous position to measure and monitor climate change, but joining forces is also crucial in tackling the problem”, especially “In the run-up to the international climate conference COP26”, in November.

“Climate change is a global challenge that requires action now”, commented Bill Nelson. The partnership will allow the two agencies to find « synergies », to coordinate for some of their programs, and to work together in a ” more flexible “.

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