Nineteenth UN/IAF Workshop on " Integrated Space Technologies and Space-based Information for Analysis and Prediction of Climate Change"

Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 9 to 11 October 2009

Co-sponsored by European Space Agency (ESA)

Held in conjunction with the 60th International Astronautical Congress (12 - 16 October 2009)

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) are jointly organizing a Workshop on the theme "Integrated Space Technologies and Space-based Information for Analysis and Prediction of Climate Change", from 9 to 11 October 2009. The Workshop will be held in conjunction with the 60 th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place from 12 to 16 October 2009 in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Workshop participants selected by the UN and IAF will also be invited to attend the IAC.

This Workshop is the nineteenth meeting jointly organized by the Office for Outer Space Affairs, under the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, and by the International Astronautical Federation. It builds upon the recommendations and experience gained from previous workshops. The UN/IAF Workshop has been endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly as part of the 2009 activities of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications.

The Workshop will discuss a wide range of space-related technologies, services and information resources available for analysis and prediction of climate change, with the following primary objectives:

  • To increase awareness among decision makers and representatives of research and academic community about the use of integrated space technology applications for sustainable development programmes supporting prediction, monitoring and early warning of climate change induced disasters and environmental hazards in developing countries;
  • To examine low-cost space-related technologies and information resources available for addressing social and economic issues caused by climate change and global warming;
  • To strengthen capacity building in the area of space technology applications for climate change monitoring and hazards management; and
  • To strengthen international and regional cooperation in the subjects.

Co-organizers of the Workshop plan to continue a practice of holding a concluding round table with participation of top-level representatives of space agencies and other relevant national/regional/international institutions and organizations from both space faring and non-space faring countries in order to establish a direct dialogue with the Workshop participants on how space technologies and policies can contribute to hazard management programmes in developing countries. The round table will also discuss issues and problems in participants' countries as well as open an exchange of pragmatic ideas between decision-makers and leaders from the above-mentioned organizations and participants of the Workshop. The round table will attempt to draw conclusions and to formulate recommendations that will serve as an input to the IAC Plenary Event on this topic which will take place on Wednesday, 14 October 2009.

On-site registration - from 8:00 to 9:00 on 9 October 2009 at Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

Available online resources

  • Information Note (PDF format in English only)
  • General Information Note (PDF format in English only): the general information note contains useful information on the venue of the Workshop, transportation, accommodations, etc.
  • Programme of the Workshop: this is a tentative programme as of 29 October 2009, and online version will be updated periodically. Since there are still a few unconfirmed speakers, the programme may be modified by the time of the workshop. A final programme will be distributed during registration for the meeting.

Co-organizers of the Workshop also strongly recommend the participants to attend the following events during the International Astronautical Congress:

  • Technical session B4.1. - "10th UN/IAA Workshop on Small Satellite Programmes at the Service of Developing Countries", Tuesday, October 13, from 10:00 to 13:00.
    This workshop is organized jointly by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). It will review the needs that could be satisfied and results achieved by developing nations through using small satellites.
  • IAC Plenary event 5 - "Space Systems to observe and understand Climate Change", Wednesday, October 14, from 9:00 to 10:00, Hall MP1.
    The Plenary Event 5 will review the role of space systems to better understand climate change, to monitor its evolution and its impact on human society and to provide the additional data where the mechanisms are not well understood, such as for example the role of aerosols and atmospheric clouds in the global Earth radiation budget. The Plenary event will also review the conclusions and recommendations from the annual UN-IAF Workshop, held in Daejeon from 9 to 11 October.
  • 1st International Forum of Aerospace Clusters and Industry Associations - 3 roundtables (on "Role of industry in the development of satellites markets for emerging space nations", on "Space technology developments: partnerships and competition", and on "Industry's role in supporting the development of application markets"), Thursday, October 15, from 13:45 to 17:00.

Click here for a preliminary program of the Clusters' Forum.

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