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New observations for the new economy
08 March 2019
We all listen to weather forecasts and know they rely on satellite data. What may not be so obvious is that many other aspects of our lives depend on robust satellite data, from growing crops to tackling the major issue of climate change. The socio-economic benefits of Earth observation are huge, and increasing. In Europe, ESA, Eumetsat and the EU work closely together, in long-term partnerships, to make sure these benefits are delivered.
Climate change is unquestionably the biggest global environmental challenge we face – it's a threat to us all. Landmark agreements such as the 2015 UN Paris Agreement need hard scientific evidence of climate trends like greenhouse gases and sea-level rise supplied by satellites.
Image credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by Sinergise/ESA - Cloud-free Europe from Sentinel-3