ESA’s Living Planet Symposium shines a spotlight on Earth observations ‘

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While not all satellites are used to observe and monitor Earth’s climate, surface temperature, and oceans, satellites are playing an increasingly important role in how researchers gauge climate change and work to tackle global warming.

This year’s conference is not only dedicated to the Earth’s environment and climate but also the many new opportunities that satellites create for businesses, development, sustainability, and enrichment.

Some of the topics slated to be presented at the symposium include how satellite data can open the door to innovations in artificial intelligence, technology, engineering, and science.

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Many things are taking place:

Image: Antarctica detailed in 3-D

Unfortunately ice is a hot topic when it comes to understanding and monitoring how this fragile component of the Earth system is being affected by climate change. Scientists, therefore, go to great lengths to study changes happening in the remote icy reaches of our planet ‘ a subject that is being discussed in detail at this week’s Living Planet Symposium in Italy. Among the results being presented is a novel 3-D dataset of Antarctica. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh, UK, created this new view by processing data from ESA’s CryoSat in a clever way. CryoSat carries a radar altimeter that measures the height of the world’s ice. Typically, the data are used to map the height of ice at single points. And, since it was launched in 2010, this has revealed much about how ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice are changing.

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Earth from Space: Milan, Italy

ESA’s Living Planet Symposium – the largest Earth observation conference in the world – is being held on 13-17 May in Milan, Italy.

Held every three years, these symposia draw thousands of scientists and data users from around the world to discuss their latest findings on how satellites are taking the pulse of our planet.

Over 4000 participants will gather at the largest congress centre in Europe: the MiCo Convention Centre. With its iconic architecture, this modern building has become a landmark. The event will not only see scientists present their latest findings on Earth’s environment and climate derived from satellite data, but will also focus on Earth observation’s role in building a sustainable future and a resilient society.

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World leading UK Earth Observation industry showcased at Living Planet Symposium

The biggest Earth Observation conference in the world kicks off in Milan today (Monday 13 May), with around 4,500 delegates expected with the UK Space Agency in attendance.

The Living Planet Symposium is held every three years and focuses on the contribution of Earth Observation to science and society, disruptive technologies and new opportunities for the public and private sectors.

The UK Space Agency’s Head of Earth Observation and Climate, Beth Greenaway, will present the agency’s ambitious vision for Earth Observation through to 2040 as part of the main programme today (Monday 13 May).

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