World Bank Learning Series on Climate Resilience includes Hatfield presentation on the role of Satellite Earth Observation
Nov 07, 2016
Hatfield’s Dr. Andy Dean presented at the World Bank Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) e-learning event.
Webinar Recording: Click here to watch the video.
World Bank Blog: Climate Resilience and Earth Observation
At the United National COP-21 in Paris in December 2015, the World Bank Group and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a Memorandum of Intent addressing a series of thematic application areas, including climate resilience. This World Bank-ESA partnership helps PPCR task teams build climate resilience at scale by fostering innovative approaches, knowledge exchange, and capacity building in national hydro-meteorological services, climate services, and satellite Earth Observation (EO) at national and project levels.
In 2015, under contract to ESA, Hatfield supported the PPCR Focal Point Team with satellite EO content for a comprehensive Weather and Climate Services e-learning course, so task teams can learn directly from experienced specialists. In September 2016 a PPCR Climate Resilience and Earth Observation webinar was conducted to provide further information and a forum for discussion with experts.
The webinar was chaired by Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager of the Climate Investment Funds. James Close, the World Bank Group’s Director, Climate Change Cross-Cutting Solution Area, introduced the session. He emphasized the importance the World Bank places on building resilience in development work, and how crucial data and analytics are when making decisions on resilience and climate change. Josef Aschbacher, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programs, provided an overiew of ESA’s commitment to satellite EO through the Copernicus Programme.
Hatfield was invited to participate by ESA and the World Bank, and Hatfield’s Dr. Andy Dean illustrated the use of ESA’s Sentinel satellites, which provide free and open data, in national climate services and climate resilience. ESA Earth Observation Data Scientist, Pierre Philippe Mathieu, further explained how climate variables can be monitored from space.
In support of the Memorandum of Intent between ESA and the World Bank, ESA requested that Hatfield support task teams identify opportunities to integrate satellite EO in the PPCR.
The webinar was Session 5 of the PPCR Learning Series. This ongoing e-learning series is jointly organized by the Climate Policy-PPCR Focal Point team, the Climate Investment Funds and the Hydromet, Climate Services and Resilience Community of Practice. The 1.2 billion USD PPCR is a funding window of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), working with 26 countries and two regions.
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Dr. Andy Dean
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