The impacts of climate change are being felt around the globe, and small island developing states are on the frontline. Due to their remote geographies they are particularly exposed to rising sea levels and natural disasters, and often lack the financial resources and international support needed to tackle some of the damaging effects of climate change. This series takes a closer look at how innovative solutions and satellite technology can help build resilience and prepare some of the world’s most vulnerable communities for the challenges ahead.Read More ↓
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CommonSensing is an innovative international project based on a partnership between Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and a consortium of international partners working together to support and build climate resilience and enhance decision making through the use of satellite remote sensing technology. Led by UNITAR-UNOSAT, consortium partners include Satellite Applications Catapult, Met Office, Sensonomic, Devex, and the University of Portsmouth. CommonSensing is part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, a £152 million ($199 million) multi-year program launched in 2015, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Global Challenges Research Fund.
Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd is one of a network of U.K. technology and innovation companies which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research. The aim of the Satellite Applications Catapult is to support U.K. industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030. It aims to achieve this by exploiting the innovation potential in the U.K. industrial and academic communities, by being a focal point where small and medium enterprises, large industry and end users can work together with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.
At the heart of United Kingdom efforts to explore and benefit from space, the UK Space Agency is responsible for ensuring that the U.K. retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. The Agency leads the U.K.’s civil space program in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge, and provide benefit to all citizens.