Fire and Ice - Space for Climate Action High Level Summary of GLOC 2023 Findings and Recommendations

Day: Wednesday 4 October
Time: 17:45 to 18:45 AZT (GMT+4)

Mitigating and adapting to Climate Change is the major societal challenge of our times, and existential for life on Earth as we know it. The IAF Global Space Conference on Climate Change (GLOC) 2023 in Oslo, Norway was convened to inform political, media, users, the public and the space community on the unique contributions the space community is making and develop recommendations for how to accelerate the contribution.

Organized over three days, the conference provided a unique opportunity by convening a large set of influential actors across Government, Industry, Academia, non-Governmental Organizations, and across the developed and developing worlds from around the globe. There was an overwhelming response to the calls for technical and high-level sessions to provide a rich confluence of results, plans, ideas, directions, and recommendations. Indeed, the conference plan had to be expanded substantially from the original plan to accommodate the high level of interest. The aim was showcase and develop understanding and recommendations summarized by the theme: “Fire and Ice, space for climate action” to increase awareness and emphasis for decision makers across all sectors. Fire and Ice in the theme highlights the particular effect of climate change at the high and low temperature climatic zones of Earth in the equatorial and polar regions.

This Highlight Lecture will present the GLOC 2023 high level summary for the whole IAF community as a prelude for use in COP 28 in the United Arab Emirates. Audience questions and input will be welcome. Through this highlight lecture, we want to share the outcomes of this very important GLOC 2023 gathering with the broader space community, and thereby foster increased influence within the community, and grow momentum and support to carry these results forward to COP 28 in the United Arab Emirates. Audience questions and input will be welcome.



Chair, IAF Earth Observations Committee

United States


James GRAF

Director, Earth Science and Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

United States