Space4Climate is a public-private-academic partnership working 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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Events and competitions
Open for entries:
- Britain’s got EO climate talent Competition, competition closes midday 13 September 2019
Join us on the 26th September at the UK Space Conference for our session with ESA:
Protecting the Planet – exploiting ESA data from space for local to global climate policy
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. Darren Ghent, NCEO, will highlight the contributions made by participating UK academic and commercial researchers to date and outline future activity.
Insight into the data needs of 21st century climate policy makers will be provided by Eleanor Webster, BEIS, followed by a showcase of new innovative project proposals for climate policy services from Space4Climate – a body representing UK expertise delivering, sustaining and making use of trusted climate information from space.
The audience will be invited to participate, by selecting their favourite proposal, with the winner receiving a 6-month ‘Accelerator’ support package to shift from idea to realisation.
Find out more about the Britain’s got EO climate talent competition here.
Past events (where materials are still available):
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 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.
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:
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 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 email@example.com
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