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Space: the new view on climate change

Mon, 2014-06-02 09:49

Start: 2014-06-13 10:30
Timezone: Europe/London

Jointly organised by ESA and the UK Space Agency, the ‘Space: the new view on climate change’ event will provide an overview of the scientific achievements of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative (CCI), with a focus on new results from space on the cryosphere and oceans.

The CCI is the largest coordinated programme for providing data on key climate parameters to support the analysis of climate change from space. The UK is involved in both the running of the programme, which is done from the ESA Climate Office, based at ESA’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications at Harwell-Oxford, and the scientific aspects of the CCI.

Representatives from ESA, together with key UK scientists and policy-makers, will highlight the contribution of satellite Earth observations to our understanding of climate change. New results on Earth’s ice and warming oceans demonstrate the UK contribution to the CCI and climate science.

The event will be held at the Royal Society’s Khon Centre, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, UK, and is invitation-only.


09:30 – Welcome by David Willetts, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science

09:40 – Volker Liebig Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes discusses the future of climate observations from space

10:00 – Coffee break and demonstration of climate data visualisations

10:20 – Overview of how satellites contribute to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) by Stephen Briggs, Chairman of the GCOS Steering Committee

10:40 – Andrew Shepherd from the University of Leeds presents ‘A new perspective on Earth’s ice’

11:00 – Christopher Merchant from the University of Reading presenting the latest findings on warming oceans

11:20 – Volker Liebig concludes the event

11:25 – Q&A

12:00 – Light lunch and refreshments

13:00 – End of event

Media registration:
Media representatives interested in attending the event are requested to register by 6 June via email to

For further information on ESA’s climate-related research and activities, visit