Earth System Science: Open Data and Open Science in support of our Planet

Day: Monday 25 October
Time: 17:05 -18:05 GST
Location: Sheikh Rashid Hall F, Dubai World Trade Centre

Twenty-four hours a day, and every day of the year, NASA missions are monitoring, observing and exploring our planet with a fleet of legacy and novel observatories that help us understand climate change over time while discovering new insights about our complex and dynamic Earth system. These insights, combined with the rapid pace of innovation and private sector investment in areas such as digital technology, lead to more reliable models and better data analysis than ever before possible. These models are making critical contributions that enable society and individuals to understand and prepare for the most consequential risks of climate change. These risks extend to every part of the world, to every economic sector, and to nearly every aspect of human well-being.

At NASA, our work to explore and understand our dynamic planet is not done in isolation. Instead, we actively search for ways to leverage our strategic partnerships, working closely with international, commercial, academic, and non-profit partners. As the impacts of global climate change become more numerous and pronounced in given locations and contexts, the demand for more accurate, timely, and actionable knowledge about the Earth system is increasing in capitals, board rooms, and academic institutions around the globe. In this plenary keynote, NASA will present a summary of its future programs – the planned expansion of NASA’s Earth observation portfolio and the enabling partnerships that NASA plans over the next decade. The keynote will also address the key building blocks of this exciting endeavor, such as principles of open data and open science that foster more rapid progress to create and provide foundational and decisional knowledge – knowledge that will help us adapt and thrive on our changing planet.

This session is organized by



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

United States



Professor and Director of Space Programs, ETH Zürich