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space4climate partners

01 March, 2020  |  Reading time: 3 minutes


The European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is a research programme dedicated to generating satellite-derived Essential Climate Variables, required by the UNFCCC and IPCC, to support evidence-based decision-making. The CCI is run from the ESA Earth Observation Climate Office at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications based in Harwell, UK. The programme capitalises on the world class sciences in the UK studying Essential Climate Variables such as Sea Surface Temperature, Ozone and Land Surface Temperature. The CCI data can be accessed via the data portal.

The UK has been a member of ESA and its predecessor organisations since the 1960s. ESA enables us to share costs and risks on missions which are of global interest, access a vast pool of technical expertise and facilities enabling us to collaborate scientifically and technically with other countries but also to take part in multi-lateral missions.


Copernicus is the world’s leading, European-led Earth Observation (EO) Programme designed to deliver global, near real-time measurements of the Earth using a series of satellites called ‘Sentinels’ and a range of supplementary commercial data and information. Copernicus is served by a set of dedicated satellites (the Sentinel families) and contributing missions (existing commercial and public satellites). The Copernicus services transform this wealth of satellite and in situ data into value-added information by processing and analysing the data.

The UK is a global leader in Earth Observation satellite technology and has been instrumental in developing Copernicus through our industrial capability, academic expertise and support for public sector uptake and use.

Copernicus the largest space data provider in the world, currently producing 12 terabytes per day. The vast majority of data and information delivered by the Copernicus Space infrastructure and the Copernicus services are available on a free and open access basis. You can access Copernicus Data and Information Services through the DIAS or the Conventional Data Hubs.

The Copernicus Programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission. It is implemented in partnership with the Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies and Mercator Océan.

London Climate Change Partnership

Space4Climate is a member of the London Climate Change Partnership, the centre for expertise on climate change adaptation and resilience to extreme weather in London.

The partnership is driving forward awareness and action on climate change so that London is able to remain a great place to live, work, visit and do business. LCCP is comprised of public, private and community sector organisations that have a role to play in preparing London for extreme weather today and climate change in the future. The partnership has been working to increase climate resilience within and between sectors in London since 2001.

Space4Climate’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. We bring this capability to the London Climate Change Partnership and constantly look for ways in which, where appropriate, climate satellite data can help inform:

  • climate emissions detection and monitoring
  • action to identify, better cope with and prevent detrimental impacts London’s changing climate is having, and might in the future have, on people, assets, infrastructure and business operations.