Space4Climate is a group whose members span government, industry and academia, working in partnership to raise the profile of, and support, the UK’s world-leading climate community in delivering, sustaining and making use of trusted climate information from space.

As a group we are able to offer end-to-end capability from design, manufacture and satellite launch to data analytics and integration of climate information into decision support services.

Space4Climate builds on the UK’s trusted expertise in climate data. The group’s activities enable a seamless supply chain of climate data from space assets, help identify climate services user requirements and facilitate climate services development for global economic and societal benefit.

Space4Climate is currently hosted by group member the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) is a distributed NERC centre of over 100 scientists from UK universities and research organisations. NCEO provides the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council with national capability in Earth observation science – monitoring the health of our planet through satellite instruments and more – with world-class capability in interpreting these data.

Climate data from space

Climate data from space can be used to provide information on past or future changes in “typical” environmental conditions experienced in a geographic area or, a set of locations, of interest. Understanding variability in a location, what is ‘normal’ as well as how this is changing is important underpinning information for a variety of climate services.  Decision support and monitoring services making use of climate data from space can help improve our environment and our lives including:

  • understanding and monitoring climate change
  • design of our cities, infrastructure, homes and workplaces
  • security and quality of the food on our plates
  • protecting species and places
  • how we navigate the globe
  • optimising logistics
  • understanding the very air we breath

History and achievements

Since it was initiated in late 2013, Space4Climate (formerly known as CDSSG) has had a positive impact throughout the UK climate data community through consultations, engagement, raising awareness, supporting funding bids and industry-focused studies. One of its most successful impacts has been in helping the UK community take advantage of EU funding opportunities and ensuring that the UK’s priorities are communicated coherently and effectively to organisations such as the European Space Agency.

During the period 2013 – April 2019, the Space4Climate group was hosted and coordinated by group member, the Institute for Environmental Analytics.

Space4Climate has a proven track record in:

  • Building links along the entire climate data supply chain, from raw satellite data to end user products, bringing together experts in data, infrastructure, science and applications
  • Influencing the development of the UK’s key infrastructure assets, to meet the particular requirements of exploiting climate data from space
  • Supporting UK organisations competing for funding for projects involving climate data, including the Copernicus Climate Change Service where UK organisations have had particular success
  • Achieving a clear representation of UK priorities in the ESA Climate Change Initiative through consultations across the UK climate data community
  • Delivering consultations on priorities to feed into the EC’s Horizon 2020 programme, and UK science investment strategy

In 2016, the Space4Climate group was instrumental in setting up the Climate-Data from Space Zone, which delivers dedicated storage, processing and software resources to the climate data providers’ community.

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Call for Climate Space Data Ambassadors: If you would be willing to represent the Space4Climate group domestically and/or internationally, sign up to be a climate space data ambassador.

If you would like further information about the Space4Climate group, please email  Briony Turner