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The ones behind the veil of climate science

December 3, 2010

We’ve all seen graphs and aerial or satellite images of the effects of climate change or deforestation. But few actually think about how these sets of data are obtained, how much work goes into the obtaining and analyzing of the data and most importantly, who actually does this job.

An example of a data map taken from ESA satellites

While at COP 16, I went to the booth of the European Space Agency. No – not NASA. Personally, I hadn’t heard of them before this. But they do an amazing job of gathering data and images from 5 ‘Sentinels’, as they call them. They’re amazingly patient and they’ll do their very best to answer any questions you’ve got on absolutely anything scientific.

The part I love best of all is that you can view their work and data on their website for free and the public gets access to everything the scientists themselves access. I find it noble and they are really to raise awareness. The satellite images that they take of hurricanes and erupting volcanoes are simply breathtaking (I took tons of their postcards; they were super-generous) and if you aren’t too well-versed in the field of climate science or geography, they’ve made the issues easy to understand and have put them across in a manner that’s pertinent to the layman.

Do take a look here:

Here’s to the genius of science and those who participate in this noble cause to save our existence on this Earth through ingenious research.


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