COP26 Themes

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference – or COP26 – is this year being hosted by the UK, in partnership with Italy. The climate talks will bring together over 190 heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.

Space is playing an increasing role in enabling us to monitor and tackle climate change and other forms of environmental damage, including deforestation. The UK Space Agency coordinates and funds the civil satellite programmes including for observing the Earth.

Since 2016, the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme has grant-funded 43 projects in 47 developing countries, where the majority have a direct or indirect impact on climate change. To highlight their climate-related work, each project has been tagged according to the five COP26 themes. You can find more information about COP here: https://ukcop26.org/

Adaptation and Resilience

gEOthermalKenya, Osmansos Analytics

During the week of world humanitarian day, Omanos Analytics and  Global Surface Intelligence  (GSI) are delighted to announce the launch of gEOthermalKenya: Earth Observation Insights for Sustainable Growth of the Kenyan Geothermal Sector. Supported by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, gEOthermal Kenya is one of 10 new pioneering UK space projects that will tackle development problems worldwide.

Vivid Bangladesh, Vivid Economics

Vivid Economics and a consortium of partners have received funding from the UK Space Agency to design a parametric insurance product for emergency flood relief costs in Bangladesh. The project aims to make post-disaster response faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

MAPCAM, RSAC Ltd

Government backs new pioneering space projects that will apply UK expertise to tackling development problems across the globe.
 

Nature

SASAMS (SAtellite SArgassum Monitoring System), University of Nottingham

ASAMS is a UK Space Agency funded project by an international team, led by the University of Nottingham in the UK, which is developing a Satellite-based Sargasso Monitoring System (SASAMS) initially focused on the Mexican Caribbean. This is planned to be a near real-time service to monitor pelagic sargassum upwelling and accumulation along the coastline.

Verumar (NLA International) (IPP funded)

Overview Verumar enhances the Philippine Government’s capability to conserve and sustainably usetheir oceans, seas and marine resources while contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life below water. This is achieved by integrating and working in concert with the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and other stakeholders to scope […]

MAPCAM, RSAC Ltd

Government backs new pioneering space projects that will apply UK expertise to tackling development problems across the globe.
 

Energy Transition

gEOthermalKenya, Osmansos Analytics

During the week of world humanitarian day, Omanos Analytics and  Global Surface Intelligence  (GSI) are delighted to announce the launch of gEOthermalKenya: Earth Observation Insights for Sustainable Growth of the Kenyan Geothermal Sector. Supported by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, gEOthermal Kenya is one of 10 new pioneering UK space projects that will tackle development problems worldwide.

Renewable Energy Space Analytics Tool (RE-SAT) (Institute for Environmental Analytics) (IPP funded)

www.the-iea.org Overview RE-SAT provides advanced data analytics to help energy planners and investors to locate renewable energy generators in order to optimise the amount of renewable energy generated, minimise their environmental impact and maximise the return on investment. Solution benefits Improve renewable energy planning through high-resolution estimates of power availability from renewable sources. Increase the […]
 

Accelerating the Move to Zero Carbon Road Transport

 

Finance

Vivid Bangladesh, Vivid Economics

Vivid Economics and a consortium of partners have received funding from the UK Space Agency to design a parametric insurance product for emergency flood relief costs in Bangladesh. The project aims to make post-disaster response faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

Exposure and Multi-hazard Data for Disaster Risk Management (METEOR) (British Geological Survey) (IPP funded)

Overview The overall aim of METEOR [Modelling Exposure Through Earth Observation Routines] is to provide robust national-scale exposure and multi-hazard information based on Earth observation (EO) data. Consistent, reliable information on exposure (building location and construction type) along with multi-hazard knowledge (i.e. how hazards such as earthquakes and landslides occur and interact) is vital when […]

SIBELIUs (eOsphere) (IPP funded)

www.eosphere.co.uk Overview Improved severe-weather resilience for herding communities using satellite Earth observation (EO). The solution provides improved capacity for distributing new and upgraded environmental information products. Solution provides information regarding pasture, snow and drought, including absolute regional averages, anomalies and trends, to stakeholders supporting herding communities including the insurance sector, government agencies coordinating livestock and […]

CommonSensing (UNITAR) (IPP funded)

www.unitar.org/unosat Overview The overall aim of CommonSensing is to improve national resilience towards climate change, including disaster risk reduction, and contribute to sustainable development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), through the use of satellite Earth observation (EO). This is done by assessing climate predictions, coupled with hazard mapping and food security analysis to provide […]