Viewing the Health of Earth’s Oceans from Space – Agency leaders confer with each other on the difficult challenges, emerging success, and plans for the future

Time: 11:30-13:00
Room: Sheikh Rashid B
Format: Fishbowl

Earth’s Oceans, cover greater than 70% of Earth’s surface and contain 90% of Earth’s biosphere. They are critical to climate, weather, transportation, food, ecosystem health, biodiversity, and security. Satellites provide unique, critical information for understanding how Oceans are responding and, in some cases, forcing climate change, and the many other factors critical to humankind. Hear Agency Earth Observation Leaders provide an integrated view of the challenges, successes, priorities and future plans for satellite oceanography.

Organizer/Moderator

James GRAF

Director, Earth Science and Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

United States

Jean-Yves LE GALL

Former President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

France

Harry CIKANEK

Chair, IAF Earth Observations Committee

United States

Speakers

Karen ST. GERMAIN

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

United States

Toni TOLKER-NIELSEN

Acting Director of Earth Observations Programs, European Space Agency (ESA)

Italy

Takeshi HIRABAYASHI

Senior Chief Officer of Earth Observation Missions, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan

Selma CHERCHALI

Head of Earth Science, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

France