The European Space Agency (ESA) is pleased to announce the availability of the latest edition of the CEOS (www.ceos.org.au) Earth Observation Handbook, prepared in support of the coming COP21 – Global Innovation and Sustainability Forum in Paris.
As noted in the foreword… ‘the report explores how satellite EO can contribute to the challenges of providing the information that society needs in order to accurately characterise the nature of changes to our climate and to help define the most cost-effective strategies for mitigation and adaptation. Satellite EO data have already proven to be fundamental to the development of the evidence that has persuaded governments to act. Satellite EO data will continue to be an essential source of evidence necessary for informed decision-making, supporting the science that underpins climate policies.’
We hope that this contribution to CEOS climate activities can help make the case for continued support for satellite Earth observations. We thank all the reviewers and article contributors who generously donated their time and intellect to creating this informative publication and Stephen Ward's team for the hard work in a very tight schedule. The full contents are now available on-line (including a PDF download): eohandbook.com/cop21. In due course, ESA Graphics Bureau will also provide a multimedia e-book version (as we did for WCDRR: www.eohandbook.com/eohb2015/ebooks.html ) and we are aiming for this to be available ahead of COP21.
The printed copies will be circulated to CEOS agencies and available at the upcoming meetings. We trust that you will find it to be a nice addition to our library of communication materials.
Ivan Petiteville - Pascal Lecomte