Space4Climate

Space4Climate

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.

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.

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What we do

We support the UK’s world-leading climate community to deliver, sustain and make use of climate information from space, enabling it to be integrated “as standard” in a variety of climate services for global economic and societal benefit.

We do this by coordinating activities, expertise and resources across our partners to:

  • Expand market uptake domestically and internationally, raising the profile of UK expertise, products and services, identifying climate services user requirements and facilitating and brokering new market growth opportunities.
  • Sustain and grow the competent network, expanding our community by developing and maintaining lists of UK providers, and building community capacity by providing training and alerts to funding sources.
  • Support delivery of a seamless supply chain, by identifying new requirements and barriers to provision and sustainability, and working together to address these.

Find out more in our Strategic Plan.

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.

We currently have three task groups in operation:

Climate Risk Disclosure Task Group

Drawing expertise from across the Space4Climate group to address inquiries and explore how best climate satellite data can facilitate the green finance sector in making climate informed disclosures and decisions.

Chair: John Swinton, Telespazio VEGA UK

Members: Briony Turner, Space4Climate; Geoff Busswell, Telespazio VEGA UK; Zofia Stott, NCEO; Richard Flemmings, TCARTA; Sophia Burke, AmbioTEK CIC; Caitlin Douglas, King’s College London; Christophe Christian, Satellite Applications Catapult

Group secretariat: Amanda Hall, Telespazio VEGA UK

Observers: Nathaniel Smith, BEIS; Beth Greenaway, UKSA

Competent Persons Task Group

Investigating what the Space4Climate community can do to underpin and provide a seamless platform for quality assurance and professional services component of the climate services market. The group has undertaken a study to understand:
• what would constitute a professional services competence framework
• routes to implementation including relevant existing and planned pathways to professional competence
• quality assurance requirements of existing providers of Earth Observation derived climate services and climate service user quality requirements

Chair: Eleanor Webster, BEIS

Members: Briony Turner, Space4Climate; Vicky Lucas, the IEA; Joanne Nightingale, NPL

CCI Exploitation Task Group

This group has been formed to review current value in UK based organisations being generated from CCI and explore data exploitation potential.

Chair: Darren Ghent, University of Leicester

Members: Briony Turner, Space4Climate; Christopher Merchant, University of Reading; Geoff Busswell, Telespazio VEGA UK; Richard Jones, Met Office; Eleanor Webster, BEIS

Other Group Activities:

 

Mesh

Mesh was launched on the 18th October 2018, during Green GB week. The Mesh network has been co-founded by Briony Turner (Space4Climate  group) and Ben Smith (Global Climate Adaptation Partnership). They are coordinating the 2018-2019 programme of events and hope in due course to hand over the reins to another volunteering duo to co-ordinate the 2020-2021 programme.

The network is for everyone working in climate services provision, based in the UK, from researchers and civil services to private sector, professional bodies and third sector organisations. It provides a platform for members to share achievements and learning, and to find other UK-based organisations to work with to produce climate services for economic and societal benefit within the UK and globally.

The network welcomes everyone UK-based, across all sectors, with climate expertise, be it adaptation, mitigation and/or climate data and information focused. Members can attend representing their organisation or in an individual capacity as a climate services professional.

Please visit http://meshclimate.net for more information.

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Air Quality Network (AQN) UK

AQN UK was launched via newsletter to initial members on 24th December 2019. AQN UK is a community of individuals from academia and practice involved in researching and disseminating information on air quality challenges in the UK.

The AQN UK network has been co-founded by Briony Turner (Space4Climate  group) and Gráinne McGill (Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at The Glasgow School of Art). AQN UK seeks members in the UK and abroad with expertise on outdoor and indoor air quality challenges in the UK and impacts on, and from, people, buildings, objects, infrastructure, flora and fauna.

Satellite related UK air quality activities include:

  • Detection and Attribution of Regional greenhouse gas Emissions in the UK (DARE-UK), Project includes improving models of emissions from individual source and sink sectors to determine when and where GHG emissions to the atmosphere occur from both natural and anthropogenic systems. Utilising new surface and satellite atmospheric GHG observations, such as isotopic measurements of methane and carbon dioxide, and measurements of co-emitted or exchanged gases (oxygen, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ethane) to provide information on emissions from different sectors and integrating data streams to determine the highest level of confidence in the UK’s emissions estimate. Led by: Dr. Peter Levy, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Find out more.
  • The STFC has launched an Air Quality Network (SAQN) to bring together researchers, industry and policy to make better use of their capabilities including those arising from the particle physics programme and explore how these can be applied to air quality to address air quality challenges. July 2019 -2023. The team behind SAQN would like to gather information on the sector to inform their network activity. If you are involved in air quality research/applications, please complete this survey to help them understand your skills and needs better. The network has some money to initiate new collaborations through proof-of-concept projects, find out more here.
  • Pope et al. 2019 “High resolution satellite observations give new view of UK air quality”. Paper available here.

There’s a short sign-up form for industry and academic researchers who have a focus on/have contributed to understanding of air quality challenges in the UK. A quarterly updated directory will be issued to network members to help facilitate interdisciplinary research, community events and knowledge sharing. Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/gI2k69

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.

Blog posts on climate satellite data:

 

Who we are

We are a network of UK based public, private and academic organisations involved in the seamless supply chain of climate data from satellites through to production of climate information and integration into services.The group is coordinated and hosted by the National Centre for Earth Observation. Coordination of the group and our activities to grow awareness, use and uptake of climate data from space are resourced by group members in kind and with financial contributions. Financial contributions for the period 2017-2019 have been provided by (in alphabetical order):

 

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.

 

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in learning more about uses and applications of climate data from space, check out our news items and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.Please complete our short subscription form if you are:

  • interested in hearing more about climate satellite data and related events via our external newsletter (frequency based on news we have to share but not more frequent than once a month)
  • interested in making use of climate data from space and have a project or activity in mind
  • a provider of products or services, based in the UK, making use of climate data from space -let us know if you wish to add your project or service to our portfolio
  • an organisation, based in the UK, connected with the technology and platforms involved in the delivery of climate data from space and wish to be kept informed of our seamless supply chain activities.

If you would be willing to represent the Space4Climate group domestically and/or internationally, sign up to be a climate space data ambassador here.If you would like further information about the Space4Climate group, please email  b.d.turner@reading.ac.uk 

 

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