The European GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative is one of the subjects of the ESA Ministerial Council meeting next week. The primary goal of GMES is to establish coherent, operational, long-term and user-dedicated information systems. Each of these will be designed to meet the specific needs of a user community for which space-based Earth observation data is of potential value. This includes fields as different as, for example, the global monitoring of the environment, agriculture and vegetation, regional development, natural hazards and crisis management, and transport.
The 7-minute A-roll contains mixed audio with a French guide track and is complemented by a B-roll with interviews in clean international sound.
ESA's roadmap to join the European GMES initiative
The blue planet --- this is the view the first astronauts had of our Earth - an island in an immense sea of space. This image of beauty and peace contrasts with other images like these views of a hurricane - of fault lines of an Earthquake - of the ozone hole - of drought and crop failure.
Satellites provide a vantage point high above the Earth which is ideal for the study of our ecosystem, for a better management of resources, for getting to grips with global change.
Since ESA has launched its first ERS-satellite into orbit more than ten years ago, hundreds of scientists from around the globe have become users of its data for basic and applied research in many areas of geoscience. The global maps and the highly detailed images of these satellites build a unique record of global and regional environmental change over time. A first example of this application Professor is Prof. Lambin's research team at the University o