Climate change through the eyes of space [fr]
The workshop on February 7th was followed by an evening public lecture entitled "Climate change, the Ground Truth-From Space", that was organised jointly by the French Embassy in London and UCL’s Space Domain.
Dr Anny Cazenave, formely with French Space Agency (CNES), Member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), described how to monitor climate change by measuring the sea rise. The audience was really able to appreciate the outstanding accuracy of measurement from space through satellite. It was indeed a very good introduction to what will be the future SWOT mission (Surface Water Ocean Topography), set to be launched on the 16-17th April 2021, a NASA-CNES joined project to which UKSA is also contributing.
Prof Andrew Shepherd, University of Leeds, Director of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling-CPOM (NERC) demonstrated the strong link between climate change impact and Greenland and Antarctica (land and sea) ice loss. A particular emphasis was laid on the modelling of the loss for future prediction. On the side, the audience appreciated the difference of ice loss in both polar sites.
Dr Anny Cazenave (left) and Pr Andrew Shepherd (right)
The event was part of a series of bilateral Franco-British Lectures and Workshops being supported by the French Embassy and the Department of Space and Climate Physics at UCL.