As of the 30th of December, the UK ministers agreed to use cutting-edge spacecraft technology to help lead the fight against climate change and communicating future government action.
The UK to join the fight against climate change
As global warming is a serious issue that we confront nowadays, a new data center worth five million pounds will work with UK’S best Ph.D. researchers, which are 50 in total. All these people will help solve climate change collaborating with Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh as well as helping lower the danger of flooding.
The researchers need to have a much better understanding of the effect of climate change for the government to know what actions to take. The data collected from the satellites on greenhouse gases, rising sea levels, and shrinking glaciers and forests will help to build up that knowledge.
This data and knowledge will be a huge help in taking preventive measures such as installing flood defenses to protect people leaving on the coast, determine which area is vulnerable due to the risk of flooding and monitoring pollution levels.
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“The UK is leading the world in tackling climate change, and we have set the bar high, as the first country to legislate to eliminate our contribution to climate change by 2050, and the fastest in the G20 to cut emissions. This new satellite data center will give us instant images showing us the true impact of climate change and, in doing so, help us develop innovative new ways of tackling it,” said business Secretary Andrea Leadsom.
“Earth observation satellites collect hundreds of terabytes of data per day, delivering important information about how fast glaciers flow, the size of forest fires in the Amazon, and the quality of the air that we breathe,” added Dr. Anna Hogg, co-director of the center in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. “We have a fantastic opportunity to grow the community of researchers with the skills and knowledge to measure how our environment is changing.”
Beth Greenaway, Head of Earth Observation and Climate at the UK Space Agency, said: “We are at the forefront of innovative new technology for measuring our planet from space […] we have a commercial sector able to build the space missions and create services for the public and private sector.”