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European Space Agency (E S A) Strategy For Earth Observation Into The 21St Century
Author(s): P. Goldsmith; G. Duchossois
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Paper Abstract

The Earth's environment and specifically the means to monitor and preserve it are being increasingly recognised as matters of major concern. Mankind is now appreciating that his activities may be disturbing the delicate balance which determines his environment on all scales from the local to the global. Linked to these environmental concerns is the realisation that the Earth has limited resources on which increasing demands are being placed. Thus better and more organised information about the behaviour of the environment and factors influencing the Earth's natural resources is essential if valid political decisions are to be made. This can only be achieved effectively on the basis of a better understanding of the Earth when viewed as a single system in which the physical, chemical and biological interactions between the atmosphere, the oceans, the land and ice regions, and the Solid Earth are all taken into account.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1130, New Technologies for Astronomy, (26 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.961499
Show Author Affiliations
P. Goldsmith, European Space Agency (ESA) (France)
G. Duchossois, European Space Agency (ESA) (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1130:
New Technologies for Astronomy

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