An OPENSPACE 26 article on the latest Copernicus mission
A proposed Copernicus mission to help address climate change
In 2015, following a request from the European Commission, experts outlined a vision and roadmap for a European system to monitor ‘anthropogenic’ CO2 emissions – particularly those associated with burning fossil fuels. The aim was to develop a system that would provide accurate data to help assess the effectiveness of policy measures to combat climate change. The solution they devised was to integrate in-situ measurements and satellite observations with detailed computer simulations to model CO2 emissions at local and national scales.
The satellite component of this ambitious, but much-needed system, is now one of the high priority candidates being studied as potential additional missions within the Copernicus programme. Currently known as the Anthropogenic CO2 Monitoring (CO2M) mission, the satellite constellation is slated to contribute data in time for the second Global Stocktake in 2028 under the Paris Agreement.
OpenSpace spoke to RHEA’s Yasjka Meijer, who works at ESA as the mission scientist for this satellite mission and authored the CO2M mission requirements document, to find out more about the mission and why it is so important.
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