There are many diverse opportunities and benefits to be derived from providing open data for unrestricted use worldwide. The main reasons are compiled in this report.
Read More Report: The Value of Open Data Sharing (GEO 2015)
Throughout their life cycle, space launch vehicles impact their local and global environments on Earth and in space. Given the space industry’s projected growth, recent literature suggests that the atmospheric consequences of these activities are understudied and insufficiently addressed.
Read More Report: Space Sustainability Isn’t Just About Space Debris – on the Atmospheric Impact of Space Launches (MIT 2022)
This report talks about the role of satellites in monitoring greenhouse gases.
Read More Report: Space for Net Zero (WEF 2021)
The European Space Agency (ESA) Clean Space initiative is a program aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the space industry, both on Earth and in space.
Read More What is the ESA Clean Space Initiative?
Net Zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount of emissions removed from the atmosphere. To achieve net zero, a country, business, or individual needs to either reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum or offset them by removing an equivalent amount of emissions from the atmosphere through activities such as reforestation, carbon capture and storage, or other technologies.
Read More Stellar Sustainability: How The Space Economy Supports Global Net Zero Efforts
As the world’s urban population continues to grow, innovative solutions are required to tackle the complex challenges of urban planning. One such innovative approach involves the use of space technology. From satellite imagery to global positioning systems (GPS), space technology is being increasingly leveraged to improve urban planning and design, fostering more sustainable and livable cities. This article explores how space technology is aiding urban planning and the potential it holds for the future.
Read More Space Technology: A Catalyst for Smart Urban Planning
This paper provides an overview of environmental and sustainability trends and offers options for the U.S. government, and Department of Defense (DOD) in particular, to consider and adopt environmental life cycle assessments (E-LCAs) in space acquisitions.
Read More Report: The Green Circularity – Lifecycle Assessments for the Space Industry (TAC 2023)
Space technology plays a crucial role in natural disaster detection, monitoring, and response efforts. This article reviews some ways space technology helps with natural disasters.
Read More How Can Space Technology Help With Natural Disaster Detection?
Microsoft’s Planetary Computer is an ambitious project aimed at providing environmental data, tools, and analytics to help organizations and individuals make more informed decisions about the planet’s resources and ecosystems. Launched in 2020, the initiative is part of Microsoft’s broader commitment to sustainability, which also includes a pledge to become carbon negative by 2030.
Read More The Green Cloud: How Microsoft’s Planetary Computer Aims to Save the Planet
In the US several federal agencies, and regulations, are involved in overseeing the environmental impacts of the space economy. This article reviews the most relevant regulations and agencies.
Read More US Environmental Regulations and the Space Economy
Space environmentalism is an emerging concept that focuses on the need to balance the growth of the space economy with the protection of both Earth’s environment and the space environment.
Read More Greening the Cosmos: The Rise of Space Environmentalism
The motivation for this Handbook is to translate knowledge gained from decades of research in SAR into practical guidance to countries on how SAR can be used for different aspects of forest monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) for REDD+.
Read More Report: The SAR Handbook (NASA et al 2019)
This article provides an overview of the ESA Earth Observing Dashboard.
Read More What is the Earth Observing Dashboard?
This report reviews the impact of rocket emissions on the environment, and examines future policy requirements.
Read More Report: The Policy and Science of Rocket Emissions (TAC 2018)
The democratization of space data refers to the process of making space-derived information and data more accessible, affordable, and usable for the broader public. This article reviews associated implications.
Read More The Democratization of Space Data: Unlocking New Opportunities for Humanity