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Space agencies agree to coordinate methods to monitor greenhouse gas emissions

For the first time, under the impetus of the Indian Space Research Organisation and the French Space Agency, space agencies of more than 60 countries agreed to engage their satellites, to coordinate their methods and their data to monitor human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

The key to effectively implementing the Paris Agreement lies in the ability to verify that nations are fulfilling their commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Only satellites can do that. Invited to New Delhi by ISRO and CNES on April 3, 2016, the world's space agencies decided to establish an independent, international system to centralise data from their Earth-observing satellites through the New Delhi Declaration that officially came into effect on May 16, 2016.

The goal now will be to inter-calibrate these satellite data so that they can be combined and compared over time.

In other words, it is to make the transition to closely coordinated and easily accessible 'big space data'.


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