Space Technologies for the Detection and Study of Climate Change

Location: Conference Room 4th floor Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel

Tuesday 22 May 2018, 14:15 – 15:30


Satellites are vital tools to help understand the mechanisms of climate change, in order to mitigate its effects and help societies devise coping strategies. Thanks to their global observations and the continuity of their measurements, they provide time series of extremely valuable data, which are the basis for several international climate-related programmes. Out of the 50 essential climate variables or ECVs defined by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), 26 can only be measured from space.
Tackling climate change and its impacts is a top priority as it was underlined during the One Planet Summit that brought together in Paris last December a great number of decision-makers from around the world with a view to thinking about how we can innovate to sustain and step up the pace of our efforts to tackle climate change and its impacts.  It was proposed to work towards the creation of a Space Climate Observatory (SCO) as a response to climate change and its societal impacts. International cooperation is obviously a fundamental element of this endeavour.  This panel discussion will address some key examples on how space technologies are useful to tackle the impacts of climate change both from institutional, academic and private actors. Il will focus on the role of international cooperation to address this challenge.



Jean-Pascal Le Franc

Director of Planning, International Relations and Quality
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)








Salem Al Marri 

Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)

United Arab Emirates




Maria del Lujan Flores 

Legal Advisor
Ministry of Foreign Affairs








Otto Koudelka

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)





Sias Mostert 

Chief Executive Officer
SCS Aerospace Group

South Africa





Gustavo Necco

Institute of Mechanics of Fluids and Environmental Engineering – University of the Republic






Javier Preciozzi

Associate Professor
University of the Republic