A new scientific centre will be built in the UK, to develop techniques to monitor the Earth. The Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation will use academic and industry experience to help scientists get answers to environmental questions faster and easier than is currently possible.
"The priorities in the first instance will concentrate on new technologies relating to atmospheric chemistry and how that relates to climate," explained Dr Arwyn Davies of the British National Space Centre. The UK is already involved in the Cryosat mission, which tracks polar cap melting. The data that it and future projects can obtain will help scientists to better understand the climate, and develop more accurate computer models for forecasting.
Science and Innovation Minister, Malcolm Wicks, said, "We've come a long way from the first basic satellite of 50 years ago to the sophisticated instruments we use today. Earth observation technology is becoming increasingly important for monitoring climate change." :: BBC