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Remote Sensing

Importance of satellite data highlighted at climate summit

European Space Agency
2 December 2010

Speaking at a plenary session in Cancun on 1 December, Prof. Adrian Simmons, Chairman of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee, explained the progress made in climate observations over the last five years and noted the need for improved coverage.

According to GCOS, which provides reliable and comprehensive data on the total climate system to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, space agencies have improved their observational capabilities and are increasingly meeting the needs identified for data reprocessing.

The recently launched Earth Explorer satellites will provide new high-precision measurements of sea-ice thickness (CRYOSAT), Earth's gravity field (GOCE) and soil moisture and ocean salinity (SMOS).

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