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Space4Climate @ COP26

COP26  |  19 August, 2021  |  Reading time: 18 minutes
Space4Climate is looking forward to being involved in COP26 – being held in the UK for the first time in Glasgow in November.

Representing the UK’s Earth observation and space community we are collaborating with our members and national and international organisations to showcase the UK’s world-leading expertise in climate science and climate services at the global climate summit.

The Space4Climate community are involved in the following activities at COP26:

British ESA astronaut Tim Peake joined climate experts at the Space4Climate stand for a live event at COP26 in Glasgow:

Contact us

If you’d like to connect/collaborate with one of our members, please complete this form: http://www.space4climate.com/stand-enquiry/ (opens in new tab)

If you have a question, you can contact us here: http://www.space4climate.com/contact-us/ (opens in new tab)

What’s on our stand today

Monday 1 November

#AskTheExpert session:

  • Prof Chris Merchant | Professor in Ocean and Earth Observation, University of Reading and National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).
Tuesday 2 November

#AskTheExpert session:

  • Professor John Remedios | Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
  • Prof Chris Merchant | Professor in Ocean and Earth Observation, University of Reading and National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).
  • Professor Nigel Fox | NPL Fellow in Earth Observation and Climate, Visiting Professor in Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, and UK mission scientist for TRUTHS
  • Prof Paul Palmer | Divisional Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), University of Edinburgh
Wednesday 3 November

#AskTheExpert

  • Geoff Busswell | Space4Climate Board member, Telespazio UK
  • Professor Nigel Fox | NPL Fellow in Earth Observation and Climate, Visiting Professor in Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, and UK mission scientist for TRUTHS
  • Sophie Hebden | Research Coordinator at Future Earth – seconded to European Space Agency
  • Ines Otosaka | PhD researcher at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds

Projects highlighted:

Thursday 4 November

#AskTheExpert session:

  • Professor Nigel Fox | NPL Fellow in Earth Observation and Climate, Visiting Professor in Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, and UK mission scientist for TRUTHS
  • Geoff Busswell | Space4Climate Board member, Telespazio UK
  • Anne Braakmann-Folgmann | PhD researcher at university of Leeds
Friday 5 November

#AskTheExpert

Saturday 6 November

#AskTheExpert session: What satellites reveal about carbon storage in the forests of the Earth – the BIOMASS climate satellite mission and monitoring peatlands from space

  • Prof Paul Palmer | Divisional Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), University of Edinburgh
  • Heather Kay | Assistant Project Manager of the European Space Agency CCI+ Biomass Project
  • Prof Fred Worrall | Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham
  • Donna Lyndsay | Space4Climate Vice Chair, Ordnance Survey
  • Dr Pedro Rodríguez-Veiga | NCEO Researcher at Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of
Sunday 7 November

#AskTheExpert

  • Prof Fred Worrall | Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham
  • Donna Lyndsay | Space4Climate Vice Chair, Ordnance Survey
  • Prof Andrew Shepherd | Professor of Earth Observation at the University of Leeds, Director of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, Principal Scientific Advisor to the European Space Agency CryoSat satellite mission, and co-leader of the ESA-NASA Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise
  • Dr Pedro Rodríguez-Veiga | NCEO Researcher at Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of Leicester
Monday 8 November

#AskTheExpert

  • Tim Peake | UK and European Space Agency Astronaut
  • Alexandra Barker | Telespazio UK
  • Prof Fred Worrall | Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham
  • Donna Lyndsay | Space4Climate Vice Chair, Ordnance Survey
  • Sam Fleming | Earth Blox
Tuesday 9 November

#AskTheExpert

  • Prof Martin Wooster | NCEO and King’s College London
  • Adriana Ford | Leverhulme
  • Cyrus Larijani | National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
Wednesday 10 November

#AskTheExpert

  • Dr Barry Latter | RAL Space
  • Heather Selley | PhD student at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.
Thursday 11 November

#AskTheExpert

  • Prof Hartmut Boesch | Divisional Director National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) University of Leicester
  • Dr Darren Ghent | Senior Research Scientist, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). University of Leicester
  • David Fletcher  | Research Associate – GIS & Spatial Modeller, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Find out more about the City Explorer, visit this page (opens in new tab)

 

Friday 12 November

Youth Takeover with UKSEDs, SENSE CDT, NCEO ECRs and ESA Future Earth Early Career Network

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Meet our Board Members

Chair, Beth Greenaway | Head of Earth Observation and Climate at UK Space Agency
Vice Chair, Donna Lyndsay | Innovation Lead, Ordnance Survey
Vice-Chair, Geoff Busswell | Head of Marketing and Sales, Telespazio UK
Professor John Remedios | Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
Alan Whitelaw | Senior Project Manager, CGI
Professor Christopher Merchant | Professor in Ocean and Earth Observation, University of Reading and National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
Professor Nigel Fox | NPL Fellow in Earth Observation and Climate, Visiting Professor in Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, and UK mission scientist for TRUTHS (non-funding group member)

Meet the Space4Climate Champions:

S4C Board members

    • Chair, Beth Greenaway | Head of Earth Observation and Climate at UK Space Agency
    • Vice Chair, Donna Lyndsay | Innovation Lead, Ordnance Survey
    • Vice-Chair, Geoff Busswell | Head of Marketing and Sales, Telespazio UK
    • Professor John Remedios | Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
    • Alan Whitelaw | Senior Project Manager, CGI
    • Professor Christopher Merchant | Professor in Ocean and Earth Observation, University of Reading and National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
    • Professor Nigel Fox | NPL Fellow in Earth Observation and Climate, Visiting Professor in Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, and UK mission scientist for TRUTHS (non-funding group member)

Delivery team

Briony Turner | Space4Climate Services Development Manager
Sally Stevens | Space4Climate Communications and Engagement Manager

Space4Climate champions

      • Alan Yates | Institute for Environmental Analytics
      • Alexandra Barker | Telespazio
      • Amy Leach | Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
      • Amy Marie Campbell | University of Southampton/Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
      • Antonio Duduianu | UKSEDS Chair
      • Ben Davison | University of Leeds
      • Bryony Freer | British Antarctic Survey
      • Christina MacLeod | UKSEDS (The UK’s national student space society)
      • Craig Orrock | UKSEDS
      • Elizabeth Anderson | British Interplanetary Society
      • Em Truman | UKSEDS
      • Gemma Kulk | Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
      • Genevieve Patenaude | Earth Blox
      • Hannah Rosenbaum | UKSEDS
      • Heather Selley | University of Leeds
      • Hugh Mortimer | RAL Space
      • Katherine Elsom | Airbus Defence and Space
      • Sally Pritchard | Ordnance Survey
      • Simon Proud | STFC/National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
      • Solomon White | University of Edinburgh
      • Zaria Serfontein | UKSEDS Vice Chair

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Climate data from space storytelling app

We have a simplified version of the interactive globe that featured on the UK pavilion in the Blue Zone and the Space4Climate stand in the Green Zone, available online in our climate data from space storytelling app.

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake exploring climate data from space on the interactive PufferSphere® globe on the Space4Climate Green Zone stand.
Our interactive PufferSphere® globe, showcasing UK expertise in climate satellite data and space-enabled climate action on the UK pavilion stand in the Blue Zone.

Click here to explore our storytelling app online (opens in new tab)

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Visit Space4Climate in the Green Zone

First Floor, Glasgow Science Centre | November 1-12

Space4Climate now and in the future: a collaborative showcase making cutting-edge UK space science and climate services accessible and engaging to support evidence-informed climate action.

Space4Climate in association with the European Space Agency will be presenting a captivating exhibit in the Green Zone. Visit Space4Climate now and in the future and experience interactive displays to discover how Earth Observation works and how we measure, monitor and model our climate from space. These include the European Space Agency’s TouchTable, live interviews with scientists at the forefront of climate change research and the eye-catching digital globe with our new touch-screen Climate Data from Space Storytelling app.

You can quiz leading UK climate experts and explore cutting-edge space-enabled data platforms that will be used by leaders making decisions about climate action. And remember to take some great photos with our selfie props.

Come and explore for yourself using our exciting, interactive PufferSphere® globe:

      • Climate Science – meet scientists using space to understand our world and how it is changing, the fundamental importance being to learn what is happening to our world, and to be able to manage the impacts.
      • Climate Technology – quiz experts on the instrumentation and infrastructure to objectively monitor and measure Earth from space, enabling consistent and innovative data analytics, quality assurance and capacity-building.
      • Climate Action – discover how we’re helping communities globally to use data from space, making it visible and meaningful through real-world, useful climate services for all.
      • Satellite data – learn how it is converted into positive climate action from the UK’s Earth Observation community, the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency and the difference UK space-enabled climate services and science – much of it in collaboration with international partners – is making to communities around the globe and to the UK economy.

We look forward to seeing you!
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Monitoring the lungs of the world from space

November 6, 14:00–15:00

This event has now taken place.  You can watch the Monitoring the lungs of the world from space – what satellites reveal about carbon storage in the forests of the Earth event online.  The event took place in the Science Theatre in the Green Zone on 6th  November 2021 2-3pm.

6 November 2021, 14:00 to 15:00, Science Show Theatre, Green Zone

 

About Space4Climate

The group is chaired by the UK Space Agency and hosted by the National Centre of Earth Observation (NCEO) and we have close working links to UK Government ministries and departments.

Our members will join leading scientific, policy, industry and government organisations from around the world at events before and during COP26, and afterwards in Presidency and legacy activities. We are also preparing a timetable of key events and discussions leading up to and during COP26.

We will focus on the vital role that UK expertise plays in gathering Earth observation data, processing it and supporting its application in developing climate technology for innovative climate services and informing climate action now and in a climate resilient future. We will be showcasing the breadth and depth of UK skills, technology and data to audiences in plain language to engage the COP26 audiences in Earth observation and the science underpinning evidence-informed climate action.

Space4Climate members span government, industry and academia, working in partnership to support and raise the profile of the UK’s world-leading climate science and services community.
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Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26 Event

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Members’ event listings

From multi-national corporates, to UK universities and third sector organisations, Space4Climate members will be at the heart of COP26, informing and inspiring policy discussions and decisions, providing expert opinion and showcasing the next generation of climate science and climate services.

Space4Climate is committed to an open, inclusive and accessible programme at COP26, with events in person in Glasgow, live streaming, live Ask the Expert sessions, Qs&As on social media and a wide range of online events and discussions. Our aim is to include voices from around the world and voices of all ages.

All times are GMT unless otherwise stated.

Members can submit their events by emailing s.stevens@reading.ac.uk

Green Zone

Monday 1 November 1 – Friday 12 November | 09:00–18:00 daily
Space4Climate now and in the future: a collaborative showcase making cutting-edge UK space science and climate services accessible and engaging to support evidence-informed climate action
Space4Climate stand in association with the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency

First Floor

Come and explore for yourself using our exciting, interactive PufferSphere® globe (also available online). Take part in our Youth Takeover Days (5 and 12 November), hear from our members and meet experts in:

  • Climate Science – meet scientists using space to understand our world and how it is changing, the fundamental importance being to learn what is happening to our world, and to be able to manage the impacts.
  • Climate Technology – quiz experts on the instrumentation and infrastructure to objectively monitor and measure Earth from space, enabling consistent and innovative data analytics, quality assurance and capacity-building.
  • Climate Action – discover how we’re helping communities globally to use data from space, to make it visible and meaningful through real-world, useful climate services for all.

Visit us on the first floor of the Green Zone.

Monday 1 November – Friday 12 November | 09:00–18:00 daily
UKRI stand

UK Research & Innovation is taking part in COP26 to:

  • demonstrate the role and impact of research and innovation in climate action
  • celebrate the work our research community has done over the past 50 years to understand our climate
  • demonstrate what research and innovation can do now to help keep 1.5°C alive.

UKRI has also launched a virtual event site which is open to all audiences across the world, offering access to events and information to inspire, connect and celebrate our climate collaborations. Find out more information and how to register.

Saturday 6 November | 14:00–15:00
Monitoring the lungs of the world from space: trustable systems for detecting and verifying removal of CO2 and carbon storage through trees and forest carbon ecosystems

Science Show Theatre, First floor

National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) with Space4Climate, UK Space Agency and European Space Agency

Tickets via Green Zone ticket portal: Sold out. Further tickets may be released on 31 October.

Chaired by John Remedios, NCEO, UK, and Frank Martin Seifert, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA, Italy this discussion will cover:

  • The Carbon story of forests
  • How we measure biomass
  • Our current understanding of forest carbon and the use of space data

There will be a live demonstration of Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), this uses a laser scanner firing hundreds of thousands of laser pulses a second to build up a detailed 3D image of a mock-up tree and estimate its carbon. The audience will be able to interact via online polls and put questions to the panel of international speakers

Trees are a key nature-based mechanism for delivering on Net Zero commitments to meet the 1.5°C global warming target in the Paris Agreement. The role of forests and trees are vital because of their moderating influence globally on carbon, their impact nationally for carbon accounting and locally for people’s livelihoods. We have choices that can make a difference but these need to be informed by the right observations and by the latest understandings of nature.

Speakers at this event are experts on global and national forest carbon inventories, Earth observations from space and value for net zero. They will:

  • Explain how trees and forests make a difference to carbon dioxide in our atmosphere
  • Show how exciting new measurements from satellites inform our knowledge of the carbon content of forests and trees.
  • Showcase the global status of forests and highlight examples of greenhouse gas removal in sustainable forest/tree developments.
  • Provide a scientific basis for climate action and verifiable greenhouse gas removal through carbon stock increases in forests and trees.
  • Bring the audience up-to-date on real world uses of satellite carbon data and plans to utilise this information for a low carbon future.

Blue Zone

Monday, 1 November – Friday 12 November
Scenario Doctoral Training Partnership & Walker Academy COP Climate Action Studio (University of Reading, Walker Institute)

Students in the Blue Zone will engage with participants in the COP Climate Action Studio and online audiences.

Monday 8 November | 11:30–13:00
How can technology help improve climate adaptation and resilience?
UK Pavilion side event with Walker Institute (University of Reading), Defra and Microsoft

Panelists will explore the gaps and blockers that exist today, the impact this has on communities and climate equity, and identify some critical areas where emerging knowledge and technology could enable pathways to improve adaptation and resilience globally. A new collaboration with Microsoft was recently announced to help scientists at Walker Institute develop more solutions to climate threats worldwide.

Monday 8 November | 17:00–18:00
What has the environment ever done for us?
Guest interview with Rosalind Cornforth, Walker Institute University of Reading, a Stantech event

A key interest of the Walker Institute is how climate issues disproportionately impact African and Asian nations, and the role that UK and other members of the ‘developed’ world in supporting greater progress. This is a central issue for COP, and Walker are keen to explain why this is such an important issue for the rest of the world, including in the UK.

Tuesday 9 November | 10:00-11:00
Safety Nets and Special Protection
World Health Organisation Pavilion event led by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Featuring Prof Liz Robinson, Director, Grantham Institute, LSE and Dr Shouro Dasgupta, Fondazione CMCC and EIEE / Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia and the Walker Institute (University of Reading) which will focus on climate change, food security, and child health. Recent findings will be presented on Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, along with a near global analysis on climate change and food security. Followed by a panel debate.

Tuesday 9 November | 13:00-14:30
New Pan-African Centre for Adaptation, Energy and Resilience
African Pavilion event with the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)

Featuring Mme Estherine Fotabong, Director of Programme Implementation and Coordination, AUDA-NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and Walker Institute (University of Reading).

Tuesday 9 November | 17:30-18:30
Adaptation beyond the EU: perspectives for stronger cooperation with Africa
EU Pavilion event with, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), CASCADES, European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA), AUDA-NEPAD, UNDP, NAP-GN, JPI-Climate and Walker Institute (University of Reading)

The new adaptation strategy (2021) underlies the need to link the internal and external dimensions of adaptation with partner countries, particularly in Africa. The panel will discuss how this can be done looking at three overarching themes: science and data generation; governance and policy design; policy implementation and projects on the ground.

Wednesday 10 November | 11:30–12:45
Missing the Target: where are we headed, what are the risks, and can we adapt to the change that is now inevitable?

UNFCCC Met Office Hadley Centre side event with University of Reading, Walker Institute, University of Exeter and University of Leeds and with Cicero (International Centre for Climate Research).

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Showcasing Earth observation for climate science and climate data

We represent the whole value chain of climate data from space – from building satellite missions that will gather the most accurate climate data, to data analytics that underpin crucial and effective climate decisions, to innovative climate services and real-world case studies that demonstrate the difference UK space-enable technology is making to communities around the globe, as well as to the UK economy.

Our activities enable a seamless supply chain of climate data from space assets; helping to identify end user requirements and facilitate trusted climate services development to meet these, promoting global economic and societal benefit.

We support the creation of a thriving environment in which to grow the use of Earth observation expertise for the production of trusted climate services to monitor and address climate change.

Our key message for COP26 is:

The UK space sector is at the forefront of global efforts to create and use trusted satellite data for climate action for all

We do this through:

      • Climate Science – research into understanding our world from space and how it is changing, the fundamental importance being to learn what is happening to our world, and to be able to manage the impacts.
      • Climate Technology – the instrumentation and infrastructure to objectively monitor and measure Earth from space, enabling consistent and innovative data analytics, quality assurance and capacity-building.
      • Climate Action – enabling people to utilise data from space, to make it visible and meaningful through real-world, useful climate services for all.

The role of Space4Climate in tackling climate change

Satellite data is crucial to addressing, informing, measuring and monitoring progress in meeting the challenge of climate change. It provides information on past or future changes in ‘typical’ environmental conditions and helps in understanding climate variability – what is ‘normal’, as well as how this is changing – vital information for climate services. Climate data from space also provides decision support and monitoring services that can help to improve our environment and our lives – ranging from the design of our cities, transport and buildings to the quality of the food on our plates.

As a group, Space4Climate members offer end-to-end capability – from design, manufacture and satellite mission development to data analytics and integration of climate information into immediately actionable decision support services.

We collaborate in delivering, sustaining and making use of trusted climate intelligence from space.

Our specialist task groups, drawn from across the group, brings UK experts from academia, industry and the third sector to explore and develop prototype climate data products to meet specific challenges – such as restoring and maintain peatlands, how data can support the green finance sector in making climate-informed disclosures and decisions, making the best use of the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) datasets and quality assurance for the EO climate services market.