Climate Change – How Can Space Based Measurements Be Used to Understand the Changing Human Impact on the Sources and Sinks of Greenhouse Gases and Global Climate Change?
Thursday 4 October 2018, 10:50 – 11:50
Location: Bremen Conference Center – CCB Hansesaal
In this roundtable, young professionals are welcome to participate in an open roundtable discussion with senior experts, to express their concerns and discuss on how the future can be improved using space technologies.
Building up from the IAC 2018 “Plenary 7: Greenhouse Measurements from Space – Difficult Challenges, Emerging Success, and Plans for the Future”, the young professionals, those who will face the difficult consequences of Climate Change and might need to more aggressively work against it, will sit with senior experts to discuss about which are the main challenges and priorities to focus in the near and mid-term future.
Since the birth of the space age in 1957 and in particular in the past 40 years, space-based technologies have evolved to provide the knowledge needed to enhance our scientific understanding of planet Earth in many ways. The Earth system and its climate have been modulated by natural phenomena since the Earth was created. However, since the industrial revolution, the growing exploitation of fossil fuel combustion for energy and land use change has led to a rapid growth in population (i.e. from 1 Billion to 7.6 Billion), over 50% of population living today in urban areas.
The increase in the atmospheric abundance of the two most important greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, CO2, and methane, CH4, is well recognised to have direct and negative impacts on climate, environment, ecosystem services, agriculture, human health, and ultimately in economy.
Global leaders are developing environmental policies (e.g. the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) to regulate and mitigate the impact of man on the climate and environment to achieve ultimately sustainable development, but how young professionals can influence the future?
Director Business Development, OHB System AG
Director of the Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen
Systems Engineer, Earth Observation Predevelopment, OHB System AG
NPI-PhD Student, University of Strathclyde Intelligent Computational Engineering (ICE) lab
Michael H. FREILICH
Retired – Former Director of the Earth Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
United States of America