THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Monitoring greenhouse gases from space

THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Monitoring greenhouse gases from space

We are living through an unprecedented climate and environmental emergency, a fact which has become the defining feature of our time. Political momentum for addressing the human impact on the Earth’s climate and environment has never been higher. Globally, all eyes are on the Paris Agreement and its implementation – particularly now that the United States has re-joined the treaty, and the EU has launched a far-reaching set of policies and actions in the form…

Key EO developments expected to define 2021 (part I)

Key EO developments expected to define 2021 (part I)

“Remoteness” is probably the best way to describe 2020 which, as we move forward, most of us might direly hope will become a distant memory. Despite such wishes, the year’s events – dominated by the COVID-19 outbreak which affected even the most remote areas on Earth – are highly likely to haunt our individual and collective consciousness for quite a while. This is because both the bigger picture of 2020 and its finer details, serve…

Would your research benefit from taking a good look at our planet? Explore Earth Observation funding opportunities with OCRE

Would your research benefit from taking a good look at our planet? Explore Earth Observation funding opportunities with OCRE

Is the OCRE Earth Observation Services Funding for Research Call the boost your research needs? Dedicated to the European research community, OCRE seeks to provide researchers with an easy access to Earth Observation, commercial cloud and digital services – once user requirements are identified (following the aggregation of demand from the research market in Europe), OCRE will manage the adoption funds and procure the required services from selected suppliers (OCRE will act as customer) on…

A far-reaching pandemic – COVID-19’s impact on sectors where EO services could make a difference

A far-reaching pandemic – COVID-19’s impact on sectors where EO services could make a difference

High impact decision making, especially during unprecedented situations, requires reliable information and feedback loops. As experienced by each of us individually during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, adaptation and reaction are heavily reliant on the timely acquisition of dependable insight (in this particular case, symptoms, patterns of contagion, treatment, income certainty and social support, travel restrictions, etc). With humanity at a standstill due to widespread lockdowns, Earth Observation carried on enabling the designated…

The opportunity and challenge of building a Planetary Digital Twin

The opportunity and challenge of building a Planetary Digital Twin

Prototyping and modelling are very much the norm among innovators and advanced manufacturers, as they offer extensive testing and refinement opportunities, vital when fiddling with novel, high impact technologies. But what if modelling could help humanity better understand Earth’s complex ecosystem and the different components at play? Introducing “Digital Earth”: concept, next steps, and opportunities. More than twenty years ago, U.S. Vice-President Al Gore articulated a vision of “Digital Earth” as a multi-resolution, three-dimensional representation…