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 2)

Key EO developments expected to define 2021 (Part 2)

Last week we had a first look at key 2020 trends expected to impact the Earth Observation (EO) sector in 2021 and, in all likelihood, for years to come. We therefore zoomed in on some of the main ecosystem developments, discussed how public and private investment appear to be increasing, and underlined the importance of EO in supporting key policy initiatives such as the Green Deal and the New Industrial Strategy for Europe. Further, we…

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…

European Green Deal in need of monitoring solutions

European Green Deal in need of monitoring solutions

In December 2019, the European Commission (EC) presented the European Green Deal as the strategy and roadmap that will guide Europe towards becoming climate-neutral by 2050. The European Green Deal is made up of policies and initiatives, e.g. regarding clean energy, biodiversity, sustainable food systems, and pollution. It aims to tackle climate-environmental challenges, but also to transform the European economy and society towards sustainability and inclusiveness, protecting its natural assets as well as health and…

Policy, market and technology trends in EO-assisted water resource management

Policy, market and technology trends in EO-assisted water resource management

A lot of the recent technological and market developments in the realm of Earth Observation (EO)-assisted water resource management evolve in parallel with European policies where EO can have an impact. These are legislations such as the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), and the Floods Directive. The close relation between policy, market and technology can be seen within each of the e-shape pilots involved in Water resources management. Pilot 5.1…

Common Agricultural Policy – Driver and Beneficiary of Earth Observation solutions

Common Agricultural Policy – Driver and Beneficiary of Earth Observation solutions

The production of food, development of rural communities, and environmentally sustainable farming are all high on the agenda of the European Union (EU). Policies and support mechanisms for agriculture aim, among other, to secure the sufficient and sustainable production of safe food, employment and innovation in the sector, and a positive impact on linked communities and the economy at large. The EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) is a partnership between agriculture and society, and between…