IAF GNF Session: Fire - Addressing Climate Change Measurement and Impacts in the Tropics

Day: Tuesday 23 May 2023
Time: 16:30 - 17:20
Location: Kobenhavn & Stockholm room, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Climate Change is the greatest environmental challenge in the 21st century, and with worsening impact predicted for generation to come, climate change is high on economic, strategic, and political agendas worldwide. Climate change has dramatic impacts connected with extreme weather events like heatwaves, floods, and violent hurricanes but also with more longer-term effects such as the melting ice sheets and glaciers, sea level rise. These impacts can be devastating for populations living in high-risk areas, and tropical areas are certainly more exposed than others. In addition, the key role of tropical forests in absorbing and storing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere is dramatically at stake due to continuous deforestation and degradation from fire and selective logging. Earth observation satellite's global view capacity, high repetitivity and increased spatial resolution, provide key resources to monitor the impact of climate change and support policies aiming at mitigating and adapting to its effects. How can satellite data support climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Tropics? How can they help in attenuating root causes like anthropogenic harm to tropical forests? This panel brings together leading scientists and scholars from space and development agencies and universities to discuss how space data can offer concrete solutions to tackle climate changes risks in the Tropics.

This session is organized by

European Space Agency


Andrea VENA

Chief Climate and Sustainability Officer, European Space Agency (ESA)




Earth Observation Scientist and Research Fellow, Landscape and Ecosystem Dynamics Group, University of Exeter

United Kingdom

Julian FOX

Team Leader National Forest Monitoring, MRV and Platforms, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)



Head of the ESA Climate Office, European Space Agency (ESA)

United Kingdom


Director for Earth Science, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States


Senior Remote Sensing Data Scientist, E-Geos