In recent years, climate change has been recognized as a process which may deter sustainable development throughout the world. As a global phenomenon, climate change poses a threat to the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. In the context of peaceful uses of outer space, governments reiterated the need to protect the Earth's environment, and to promote international cooperation on the use of satellite applications for such topics as climate change. Satellites offer a unique point of view to observe climate change-related variables and features at the global level such as sea-level rise, deforestation trends or carbon emissions; and to measure on a permanent basis other parameters which may be too difficult or costly to observe from the ground such as changes in polar ice-caps and glaciers, and social trends such as increasing exposition of vulnerable communities to phenomena related to Climate Change.
The objectives of this Symposium are:
The Symposium will be held from 7 to 10 September 2015 at the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Invited participants will receive information with details on hotels and other local arrangements.
The programme of this Symposium will include keynote addresses, plenary presentations and discussions on the following topics:
The outcome of the symposium will be a series of observations, recommendations and proposals for future activities regarding the use of space technology applications for climate change.
Applicants are requested to use the online application form accessible through the link below.
Please note that all applications must be completed by the signature page with signatures and seals or stamps.
The application deadline is 20 June 2015.