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ESA’s Living Planet Symposium shines a spotlight on Earth observations

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Living Planet Symposium is well underway in Milan, Italy this week with over 4,000 people are in attendance.

The symposium, held every three years, is the largest Earth observation conference in the world

While not all satellites are used to observe and monitor Earth’s climate, surface temperature, and oceans, satellites are playing an increasingly important role in how researchers gauge climate change and work to tackle global warming.

This year’s conference is not only dedicated to the Earth’s environment and climate but also the many new opportunities that satellites create for businesses, development, sustainability, and enrichment.

Some of the topics slated to be presented at the symposium include how satellite data can open the door to innovations in artificial intelligence, technology, engineering, and science.

“From space you don’t see borders, and this is the same for us – the countries of Europe are working together for a coherent approach that includes common goals and a full integration of space to bring the biggest benefits to society,” said General Jan Worner, ESA director, during a welcome speech that kicked off the conference.

In a first for the ESA’s conference, over 2,000 children are presenting their own programs and work showcasing the importance and value that the younger generation has when it comes to science, innovation, and our planet’s future.

“We are looking forward to hearing the latest scientific results. And, with ESA’s next ministerial council, Space19+, in November, we will also be talking about how we will take Earth observation into the future, particularly through innovation and partnerships,” said Josef Aschbacher, the ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes during a speech. “But crucially we need the engagement of young people, the scientists of tomorrow.”

By Kay Vandette, Staff Writer

Image Credit: Deimos Imaging, an UrtheCast Company

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