Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
28 - 30 September 2021
Conference SS101
Space, Satellites and Sustainability
Conference Committee
Important Dates
Abstract Due:
12 May 2021
Due date has been extended. Submit your abstract now!

Author Notification:
16 June 2021

Manuscript Due Date:
30 August 2021

Call for
We face a series of unprecedented global challenges, especially climate change, that threaten to undermine our socio-economic well-being as well as our biodiverse ecosystems. Achieving sustainable development is the challenge of our age, as encapsulated in the Paris agreement in 2015. Global leaders agreed on 17 sustainable development goals and 169 associated targets to be met by 2030. To monitor these environmental targets effectively on a global scale requires major advances in satellite earth observation systems and associated data analytics.

This interdisciplinary meeting will highlight recently operational and forthcoming satellite systems providing new sensors supporting sustainability. Advances in the processing of big satellite data will be presented alongside novel analytics focused on delivering actionable sustainability intelligence. The meeting will also highlight advances in approaches to issues of sustainability in the building, launching and operation of satellite themselves.

We encourage contributions from researchers working in all aspects of satellite systems emphasizing sustainability. The themes and topics for this conference address the need for new performant sustainability systems, the critical elements of their performance and the technology for their implementation.

Global Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for Space and Satellites
  • satellite data-informed climate change detection and attribution
  • sustainability data solutions in areas such as agriculture, disease, humanitarian aid, re/afforestation
  • industry perspectives: implementation of analyses to support commercial demand for sustainability impact, and market opportunities
  • identification of global hotspots for environmental stress/fragility and response prioritisation
  • satellite data-informed disaster preparation and response.

  • Satellite Missions for Sustainability: New Assets and Capability
  • new and forthcoming missions with sustainability impact
  • novel sensors used in quantifying sustainability action impact
  • crop and forestry damage, stress and disease measurement
  • monitoring of population and movement
  • inspection of physical assets at risk from environmental change.

  • Satellite Data for Sustainability: Solutions at Scale
  • combining satellite data with airborne/terrestrial data, including IOT
  • visualization of large and complex multi-level data and analytical products (including VR / AR / MXR)
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning supported applications
  • sustainability data platforms-characteristics and applications
  • open data structures for sustainability
  • capacity building for innovative global applications.

  • Sustainability Issues for Satellites: Build, Launch and Orbit
  • minimizing environmental impact from launch pad build
  • green fuels and propulsion
  • satellite capture, refueling and de-orbiting
  • rocket stage capture
  • launch and orbit regulations and their impact.
  • Conference Committee
    Conference Chairs
    • Mathew Williams, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
    • Callum J. Norrie, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
    • Kristina Tamane, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

    Program Committee
    • Murray Collins, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
    • Mathias Disney, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

    Program Committee continued...
    • Jenni Doonan, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
    • Veronica Johnston, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
    • Gay Jane P. Perez, Univ. of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines)
    • Tristan Quaife, The Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
    • Luke Vanstone, Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom)

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