Space for Climate Observatory

Space for Climate Observatory

Now well established on every continent, the impacts of climate change are affecting lives and ecosystems, disrupting economies and, in turn, threatening peace and prosperity.

An initiative launched by space agencies and joined by other public and private entities, Space for Climate Observatory is a factory of decision-making tools to adapt to the impacts of climate change and preserve biodiversity.

Since its birth in June 2019, SCO has accredited 57 projects, developed in 80 territories, on all continents.

In line with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, SCO and its projects address all issues related to the impacts of climate change, in all environments.

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From local to global thanks to satellites

SCO philosophy consists of accelerating local scientific projects to transform them into operational tools thanks to satellite data, combined with other data sets: in situ measurements, drone images, socio-economic data, etc.

In order for the tools developed to benefit the greatest number of people, they must be transposed to other territories by adapting to their own characteristics. To this end, each country that has signed the SCO Charter undertakes to set up a national branch that organises calls for projects in order to identify the most promising.

In this spirit of sharing, data from some SCO projects, like TropiSCO which monitors tropical deforestation,  will be accessed from the MapX cartographic application where it is possible to overlay it with other environmental data (e.g., population, hydrology, risk, protected areas etc.) to conduct further analysis.

A multi-actor approach based on use cases

SCO Projects designate satellite-based applications for climate change monitoring, mitigation and adaptation supported by SCO Signatories and meeting the following criteria:

  • C1. Addressing the needs of End users within a specific geographic area;
  • C2. Proposing operational and practical software(s);
  • C3. Making the best use of available satellite, environmental, climate, in situ and socio-economic data, at a resolution adapted to the problem;
  • C4. Building on (pre-)operational and research infrastructures, services and local data provision;
  • C5. Having a built-in potential for extending to several geographic areas.

To achieve the objectives, a SCO project is intended to bring together several families of actors in its consortium, including at least the scientific community, whose research work feeds into the solutions developed, and national and local public actors, who are often the end users of the tools implemented.

Latest SCO project news
ECLAT methodology is available

21/10/2022 - Although the ECLAT project has come to the end of the time covered by its SCO label, this is not the end of the road, but rather a further step forward in operational remote sensing for users. The methodology developed is working, ready to be adapted to other territories.                                                                     


Cartovege stimulates science and EO

03/10/2022 - Specialists in the southern hemisphere, the Cartovege project team is far from being numb to the cold! Between scientific seminar and international conferences, it is working hard to share knowledge and find sustainable solutions to the impacts of climate change on cold ecosystems.


Follow tropical deforestation in real time

30/08/2022 - Labelled SCO in March 2021, the TropiSCO project is putting its demonstration platform online. The interactive maps of deforestation are eye-opening and demonstrate the urgency of protecting these ecosystems., a must-see