2002 CEOS Handbook explores the need for information on our planet.
Information which is essential for making decisions, defining policies,
and implementing management strategies to ensure mankind has a sustainable
future on Earth resistant to impacts of man-made climate
change, population growth, and increasing development.
explains the important role of Earth observation satellite programmes
in fulfilling those information needs. It presents the current status
and plans for future Earth observation satellite programmes of governments
world-wide, through their national and regional space agencies,
and describes how the data and information which they supply relate
to world-wide needs for information on Earth system processes
in support of significant objectives of national and international
role of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), as
the body with responsibility for co-ordination of these satellite
programmes, is explained, including the CEOS role within the Integrated
Global Observing Strategy Partnership (IGOS-P), to ensure that future
space-based observing systems and Earth-based observing systems
will be suitably harmonised to address the most critical requirements.
is hoped that this report will prove to be a valuable source of
information concerning the possible application and value of the
data and information from Earth observation satellites. It should
be of interest to a wide range of groups: those with responsibility
for national/international development policy; those responsible
for programmes with requirements for observations to enable understanding
of our environment and its processes; and those needing information
for decision-making in many socio-economic sectors.
is further hoped that this report will be of educational value,
helping to explain some of the techniques and technologies underlying
satellite Earth observation and making the subject as accessible
as possible to the lay-person who would like to investigate further.
an up-to-date and comprehensive compilation of CEOS agency plans,
the report provides a handy reference source of information on current
and future civil Earth observation programmes. It also provides
details of points of contact within CEOS and lists relevant internet
information sources for those requiring more information.
I of the Handbook (Global environmental issues & the role of
Earth observations) provides in its first section (CEOS) an explanation
of CEOS. It then discusses global environmental issues in its second
section (21st century Earth: Our environment) and the role of Earth
observations in its third section (The importance of Earth observations).
Future challenges are discussed in the last section.
II presents five case studies to illustrate the use of Earth observation
satellites supporting the provision of information for global governance.
III of the Handbook summarises Earth observation satellite capabilities
and plans, including a description of the various types of satellite
missions and instruments and their applications (Capabilities of
Earth observation satellites). For those interested in particular
measurements (eg of ozone or vegetation),
the following section (Earth observation plans: by measurement)
provides details of 26 different parameters and the plans for their
observation during the coming decades. The last two sections contain
catalogues of satellite missions and instruments respectively.
information on CEOS
involvement in IGOS