Upon ESA’s request, Remedia has collaborated with Symbios to develop a scrolly-telling web application to be presented at the Space Summit 2023 and at COP28.
The Committee on Earth Observation Satellite (CEOS) focuses on Earth Observation (EO) data outcomes. EO is a remote sensing process that detects and monitors the Earth’s physical characteristics by measuring the reflected and emitted radiation from satellites in orbit. The EO Handbook is a project closely related to climate change, measuring greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change impacts, considering future capabilities and challenges.
CEOS was established in September, 1984 in response to a recommendation from a Panel of Experts on Remote Sensing from Space and set up under the aegis of the G7 Economic Summit of Industrial Nations Working Group on Growth, Technology, and Employment. The original function of CEOS was to coordinate and harmonise Earth Observations to make it easier for the user community to access and use data. Over the past three decades, CEOS has significantly contributed to the advancement of space-based Earth Observation community efforts. CEOS Agencies communicate, collaborate, and exchange information on Earth Observation activities, spurring useful partnerships such as the Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS).
This particular edition of the Earth Observation Handbook is timed to coincide with the major event of the first global stocktake of the Paris Agreement. The global stocktake (GST) enables countries and other stakeholders to see where they are collectively progressing toward meeting the Paris Agreement’s goals. The Global Stocktake is a data-driven process, seeking to use facts on key planetary indicators and our collective efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to inform an improved and increasingly ambitious approach to our attempts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
For the 2023 edition of the EO Handbook, the client requested an immersive and eye-catching experience to engage end users in learning and discovering more about specific topics crucial for many aspects of human beings’ future.
Remedia has envisioned not creating a simple interactive brochure, as in previous editions, but has instead crafted a dynamic scrolly-telling web app with one clear objective: creating an experience that calls users to action. The result is a fully immersive web app demonstrating how vital satellite observations are to our ability to measure, manage, and adapt to climate change and support the success of the Global Stocktake (GST) process of the Paris Agreement.
To facilitate the end user orientation among this amount of information, three main areas of the web app are identified: Intro, space data and case studies.
The intro is a clear explanation of the context, as well as the common goal.
Space data provides a brief and straightforward summary of the Paris Agreement and its key processes. It also provides context for the rest of our explanation of why EO satellite data is crucial for implementing the Paris Agreement and, ahead of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as to how satellite-based EO will play a vital role in the GST process. The Case Studies section provides a series of real examples, already implemented in different countries. For example, the SilvaCarbon program – a multi-federal agency program supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State, implemented by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the US Forest Service (USFS) – is committed to assist countries using Earth observation (EO) data to monitor deforestation and forest degradation and its associated carbon emissions.