NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) joined forces on Tuesday (July 13th) in the fight against climate change, a move they say paves the way for a global response to the problem.
"To ensure that data from Earth-observing satellites are used to the maximum benefit and ultimately bring the greatest benefit to humanity, ESA and NASA have established a strategic partnership for Earth science and climate change." says ESA in the statement on the subject.
The partnership was formalized on Tuesday with a statement of intent signed by ESA CEO Josef Aschbacher and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
It aims to "pave the way for a global response to climate change, through monitoring the Earth and its environment with combined efforts in Earth observations, research and applications," the statement said.
US and European space agencies have already worked together on environmental issues, most notably the Copernicus Sentinel-6 program, in which satellites monitor changes - at sea level - that will disrupt tens of millions of lives within a generation.
"Undoubtedly, space is the best asset for measuring and monitoring climate change, but joining forces is also key to tackling this global issue," said ESA's Aschbacher.
"That is why the current agreement between our organizations is so crucial," he added.
The conference COP26 November will provide an opportunity "to make space an integral part of the solution to mitigating climate change," he said.
"Climate change is a global challenge that requires us to act now," said NASA chief Nelson.
"NASA and ESA are leading the way in space, creating an unprecedented strategic partnership in Earth science," the statement added.
Source of information: euractiv.com